What does your house smell like?

United States
April 5, 2009 7:10am CST
How do you keep your house smelling nice? Do you have candles you light frequently? Do you use those automatic air fresheners, or maybe just walk through the house spraying a can of air freshener every so often? Or do you just keep the house as clean as possible so there's no way for it to smell?
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@xhaylea (363)
7 Apr 09
my house smells lovely and welcoming as long as we keep up with it, we normally just clean around the house every so often and spray air freshener and use these nice smelly things :) Simple things like that which keep the house clean, fresh, and smelling nice :) we sometimes light candles, but not too often, and we have those automatic air fresheners sometimes.
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@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I guess my house doesn't really smell like anything. We don't use any scented candles or air fresheners because of allergies that some of the kids have. I have read that they really aren't all that good for people to inhale that constantly. Usually the house smells like what ever I have been cooking or if I just recently cleaned something. Yesterday, I went out for a little bit and when I came back in the house all I could smell is the dogs. Trust me...not long after they got a bath.
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I think that no matter how clean it is, a house has a smell. I have three large dogs, and we smoke. Yeah you can imagine! I use scented candles, because candles help cut down the smoke as well, I am nuts about washing ashtrays. I also boil citrus fruit on the stove with spice. It helps send a nice crisp fresh smell!
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@lilybug (21147)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I have a few of those gel air fresheners laying around the house. I also have a can of air freshener that I spray sometimes. I don't really like the smell of this one I got last time, so I have not been using it very much. I need to just go out and buy a different one.
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@CJscott (4183)
• Canada
7 Apr 09
Little bit from column A, little bit from column b, little be from column c. As for column d, Well that sounds like a lot of work and I am just too lazy. I prefer candles the most, for nice smells and the little lights. The auto fresheners I put in places where candles would not be good, such as my garage, and porch when people first come in. The can of air freshener I retired awhile back. And when I do clean I put ordourized baking soda on the carpet for about 20 minutes before I vacuum makes it all smell nice.
• United States
7 Apr 09
I like candles too, but with 3 cats and 5 kids, I don't feel comfortable leaving them burning.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
7 Apr 09
Well normally my house smells good with candles burning but, we have 5 ducklings in the house currently and I mostly smell their feed. It has a strange smell to it. So for the next month or so my house will not smell good but, once the ducks move outside it will go back to normal LOL
• United States
7 Apr 09
Well I think ducklings are a good enough reason to have an odd smelling house! I bet they're so cute!!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Hey kats! I love to make sure that my house smells good all the time and my boyfriend is even more of a "good smell freak" then I am! I have two cats and he made me put their litter box which used to be in the bathroom where I thought it should be right next to the front door! So now he scoops the poop everyday to make sure it stays fresh and clean! He sprays room deoderizer all the time and we have room freshners all over the apartment. I also like to burn scented candles too! I don't ever want anyone to come into my house and have it smelling like a litter box! Even when it was in the bathroom nobody ever would have known I had any cats! And that's the way I want it to be always! I have an apple-cinnamon candle burning right now just because...!
• United States
6 Apr 09
I've got 3 cats and the litter is in the kitchen. It's about the only spot I have room for it. I make sure it's scooped everyday and changed whenever it needs it. It doesn't normally smell.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Maybe you agree with me, but I think that women have an extra sensitive sense of smell. I am always sniffing out something. I'm the first to notice if something is spoiled in the fridge or something is musty and needs to go in the laundry. I light candles (love Yankee candles), spray air freshener in the bathrooms after usage and sprinkle carpet freshener or baking soda on the carpeting in the house. Our dog is large and sheds a lot and I am paranoid about him smelling up the house. If I know that guests are coming over, I will either light some candles or spray some deodorizer spray all around the house just to be sure that things don't "smell like a dog"! The dog is not allowed in the house unless he is dry. Smelly dog is the worst!
• United States
6 Apr 09
Since I quit smoking my sense of smell has heightened. I never used to notice faint smells, but I do now, and they drive me nuts! I don't have a dog, but I have 3 cats who are used to being outdoors, but since we moved here they're now forced to be indoor cats. All 3 are fixed, however the youngest still sprays for no reason, and recently he sprayed my sofa and got a couple of our coats too. It takes a lot to get that smell out!
@gemini_rose (16193)
5 Apr 09
I have real trouble with my house and the smell of it, usually when I have been out of it for a few hours. I dont know it seems to smell unlived in when I get back, its like the house clears itself of our smell while we are out and replaces it with an unlived in smell, its weird. Anyway to try and keep it smelling fresh and lived in I now use an oil burner and I light it twice a day and its lovely. I have three different oils so far for it and have my eye on a few more on ebay!!
• United States
6 Apr 09
I'd be fine with an unlived in smell! It's better than some of the other things I've smelled in my house!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
11 Apr 09
Er...well, when we cook alot, it smells like cooking food. Yesterday it smelled like apple upside down cake. A couple weeks ago it smelled like biscuits and oatmeal raisin cookies. Sometimes it smells like fresh laundry, or we track in the smell of the outdoors. I'm not sure what else my house might smell like...usually, or anything. But sometimes it can smell like all those things above.
@SHAMRACK (8525)
• India
9 Apr 09
Dear friend, I had not yet noticed and we usually spray room freshers perfumes if we feel akward smell arises. But mostly we use room sprays. May candles which give good smell.
@dianni (196)
• Indonesia
8 Apr 09
yes of course... no candles in ny home... but a lot of plant in my yard or my park... for small plant until flower... that make my home really have clean air... no ac in myhome... no need spraying just clean floor with aromatic floor's soap can make smell nice and clean...
7 Apr 09
I am one who keeps the house clean- very thing in its place .When i come back fro travelling also i will see that the things go to their original place and the clothes washed and dried and back to the cupboard.I keep the kitchen very neat and tidy.SO there is no chance of any bad smell .Every thing will be cleant then and there.No messy things,the kitchen top cleant at once .Naturally you wont get any bad smell.The exhaust fan will drive away any kind of cookery smell.
• Canada
6 Apr 09
my house would smell like poop 24/7 if it wasn't for the glade plug-ins and the candles i burn daily lol i currently have 8 cats, 3 are kittens, and a lil pup who uses the toilet on newspaper inside. LOTS of poop in here!!! i love the glad plug-ins! they work well, and love my scented candles!
• China
6 Apr 09
no,what you mentioned above my home haven't at all.i live with my parents.it is clean. it has the smile of family. i love it.
6 Apr 09
Because there's always some incense or essential oil burner that is lit in the morning, the house gets vaporized with the aroma, and it kinda waffles through the entire house in a matter of hours. By the time it is evening, the home develops a peaceful ambience making you drowsy and ready for the night ahead! No aerosols for me. I am allergic to most of them anyway, and am not particularly fond of detergent or disinfectant smells. I have aromatic potpourries all around the house that I keep changing or adding natural fragrances to. I also indulge the home with a lot of fresh flowers - maybe these aren't always aromatic but they do add to the freshness-aspect of the home that you are referring to. Try it out some time. It's a different way of bringing the smell of nature indoors!
@mira91 (987)
• Singapore
6 Apr 09
haha, i'd loved for my house to smell like lemons everyday, that's be soooooo relaxing..But unfortunately i am a cat owner and i love my kitty wayy to much and of course more than wanting a better smelling house. But if you ask me, if i didn't have a pet that is, i'd install one of those automatic air refresheners that sprays out the liquid every... i don't know 1 hour interval? I think you can set it to lesser or more. Hope that helps. ^_^ I still own one or two sets of those auto air refresheners, but i figured it was pointless since my kitty was a very bad kitty. lol
@CMTS_87 (1342)
• Philippines
6 Apr 09
We just maintain our house as clean as possible. But we are also using some air fresheners because you can't have the fresh smell/fragrance that they bring by just keeping the house clean. Happy MyLotting!
@hinsliu (38)
• China
6 Apr 09
i donot use air freshieners because i think it is not health to our life. i bought some flowers in my room, i feel good if i see flowers around my house. and also you can do this.
• United States
6 Apr 09
I have an automatic air freshener in the bathroom and also in the bathroom i have those scented reed things. I also burn a lot of inscence. We also have cats so I have another automatic air freshener by the litter box. so all in all i say my house probably smells like a whole bunch of odd scents put together.