Sponsored by Air Wick Australia
The Sow’s Ear has a distinctly musty boy smell to it... that would be because five of its occupants (that’s including the budgie) are male.
Being an 85 year old house with dust floating from the ceilings probably doesn’t help the Sow’s Ear’s freshness cause either, nor does the thrifted vintage furniture. When the Sow’s Ear has been closed up for the day, it smells faintly of eau d’ op-shop!
So here are my top five tips that rid the Sow’s Ear of its uniquely male ’vintagey’ fragrance:
Nothing smells as clean as clean does. You can never underestimate the power of a good vacuum and mop to make things right again. I know you’re going to say, ‘Der, Freddy!’ But the males in the Sow’s Ear would look at me blankly and not put two and two together. This tip would be mainly for their benefit!
Opening up all the doors and windows on a bright sunny day to air out the house is insta-fresh. Again, you would think that was a given, but Son #1 has his bedroom doors and windows permanently shut. The difference that opening up his room makes is almost miraculous - from stale to fresh in the space of one afternoon.
|Opened windows and clean linen helps to refresh the boys' room...|
There is nothing like faking it with burning a scented candle, which comes in so many different fragrances or even using an air freshener. Lately, I’ve been dabbling in the reed diffuser for the lounge room and I’ve had fun experimenting with all the types you can buy from either the supermarket or boutique home stores.
|The reed diffuser is the lounge-room helps our battle against eau d'op-shop!|
The kitchen bin is the harbinger of unwanted aromas. We invest in those scented bin liners for the kitchen, not that they can disguise the scent of the things that go in the bin… It does however comfort me that my rubbish has a romantic lavender waft to it. Anyway, again to the boys of the Sow’s Ear…empty the bin, please!
Changing the towels, sheets and cushions is my cheat’s way of refreshing a room when I haven’t had a chance to vacuum and mop. When you have freshly washed linen and towels, you can bury your nose in that for a while and hope that the love spreads around the room. Ha!
So, those are my tips for a fresher smelling home. Do you have any tips you could add?