There's something about a sweet-smelling home that makes even a cluttered room feel a little cleaner. Whether you just enjoy the smell of vanilla or you're looking for a way to up the scent in a pinch — for example, if the in-laws are on the way over and you're out of your usual stuff — these simple tricks will help!
Not only are these air fresheners budget friendly because you probably already have everything you need to make them, but they are also all natural, so you can use these tips around kids and pets.
Dip a cotton swab in vanilla extract and rub the vanilla over the top of the light bulb. When you turn the light on, the heat from the bulb helps distribute the vanilla smell throughout the room.
Note: If you're using the new swirly incandescent bulbs, this trick may not work as well because the bulbs don't get quite as hot.
2. Cotton Ball
For this simple trick, just soak a few cotton balls in vanilla extract, and hide them in places around the home. The smell will waft into rooms for a gentle, but pleasant, cookie-baking aroma.
Note: Vanilla can stain. Make sure to put the cotton swab in a place you aren't worried about or lay a sheet of paper or tissue under the ball to absorb any excess vanilla.
This trick is a great solution if you have a bottle of vanilla that's about to expire. Pour the remaining vanilla into an oven-safe mug, and bake it at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. This tip is an excellent way to make your home smell super yummy for an open house without making a mess in the kitchen!
Make sure to share this idea with your friends and family so they can freshen their home on a budget too!