Smell Hacks

Got a stinky room in your house? Try one of these genius DIY smell hacks to banish those gross smells. Whether your cooking smells have lingered or you have company coming over and you’d like to achieve that Pottery Barn scent before you open your door to them, these tips have us all covered. 

Last updated: November 23, 2017
This post was originally published on July 5, 2015

Smell Hacks! Got a stinky room in your house? Try one of these genius DIY ideas to banish those gross smells.

Smell Hacks

1. Dryer Sheets on a Fan

Create an instant air freshener by placing dryer sheets on the back of a fan. Do you think this works? Seems possible! (Source unknown)

Create an instant air freshener by placing dryer sheets on the back of a fan. Do you think this works? Seems possible! (Source unknown)

2. Clean a toilet with Coca Cola

Banish toilet smells while cleaning the gross bowl with some Coke. What?! 

Clean a toilet with Coca Cola

3. Put fragrance in a toilet paper roll

Pick your favorite fragrance, place a few drops inside of a toilet paper roll, and the scent gets activated anytime someone pulls off some toilet paper from the roll! 

Pick your favorite fragrance, place a few drops inside of a toilet paper roll, and the scent gets activated anytime someone pulls off some toilet paper from the roll!

4. Fix a sour sponge in the microwave

Who knew you could place a sour sponge in the microwave and make it like new again? 

Who knew you could place a sour sponge in the microwave and make it like new again?

5. Use a crock pot as an air freshener

Baking Soda is AWESOME! Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in the bowl of a crockpot or slow cooker. Baking soda seems to literally pull the odors from the air. 

Baking Soda is AWESOME! Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in the bowl of a crockpot or slow cooker. Baking soda seems to literally pull the odors from the air.

6. Kool Aid in the dishwasher

Clean your dishwasher AND leave it smelling like lemonade Kool Aid in the the process (yum!).

Clean your dishwasher AND leave it smelling like lemonade Kool Aid in the the process (yum!).

7. Eucalyptus in the Shower

Tie a eucalyptus bunch to your shower head and let that smell relax you and turn your bathroom into a spa like oasis.

Tie a eucalyptus bunch to your shower head and let that smell relax you and turn your bathroom into a spa like oasis!

8. Simmering Potpourri

Love the smell of a tropical summer? Get the smell all year round with this easy stove top potpourri recipe including pineapple juice and coconut extract. 

Love the smell of a tropical summer? Get the smell all year round with this easy stove top potpourri recipe including pineapple juice and coconut extract.

9. Homemade carpet powder cleaner

Safe for the kids and pets and only requires 2 ingredients!

Homemade carpet powder cleaner! Safe for the kids and pets and only requires 2 ingredients!

10. Pottery Barn Fragrance 

Love the smell of Pottery Barn? Grab some lemon juice, vanilla extract, and rosemary to ensure that you give your guests the BEST first impression upon entering your house!

Love the smell of Pottery Barn? Me too! Grab some lemon juice, vanilla extract, and rosemary to ensure that you give your guests the BEST first impression upon entering your house!

11. Essential Oils on Air Filters

Try this fresh home tip the next time you have to change your house’s air filter.

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12. Candles in Coffee Beans

Place vanilla scented tea lights in a bowl of coffee beans. The warmth of the candles will heat up the coffee beans and make your house smell like french vanilla coffee. 

Place vanilla scented tea lights in a bowl of coffee beans. The warmth of the candles will heat up the coffee beans and make your house smell like french vanilla coffee.

13. Fabuloso in empty Plug Ins

Add Fabuloso to an empty plug-in for instant fragrance – too cool! (source unknown)

 

Add Fabuloso to an empty plug-in for instant fragrance - too cool!

14. DIY Febreze 

Keep your house smelling fresher longer with some DIY Febreze! Saving this…. (source unknown).

 

Keep your house smelling fresher longer with some DIY Febreze! Saving this....

15. Air filter on a fan

Reduce Pollen in Your Home with a DIY Homemade Air Purifier using a Box Fan, an air filter, and 1 big rubber-band. Brilliant! 

Reduce Pollen in Your Home with a DIY Homemade Air Purifier using a Box Fan, an air filter, and 1 big rubber-band. Brilliant! How to make an air purifier.

16. Dry Shampoo in Shoes

Spray dry shampoo into your shoes to prevent your feet from getting sweaty and stinky! Neat DIY idea. 

Spray dry shampoo into your shoes to prevent your feet from getting sweaty and stinky! Neat DIY idea.





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