I have a keen sense of smell. Hubby’s the one with the bionic hearing, I’m the one with the bionic nose. I think I’d rather have bionic hearing. There are just some things you don’t want to smell.
I’ve always been super careful about the smells in our house – with 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 birds, 2 smelly kids and a hubby, you have to be vigilant to make sure your house doesn’t smell like the menagerie it is. I’m a candle freak, but haven’t had the luxury of having candles scattered around making the house stink pretty ever since the kids came along – I’m too paranoid they’ll burn themselves, or manage to burn the house down. It’s just too risky.
I do have some candle holders that hang on the wall, but I reserve lighting those for extra ambiance when we have company over, or when the power goes out. I started using the oil diffusers, but those are also risky to place in a high traffic area (read: crazy kids) because they’ve gotten knocked over – and while the oil covering all surrounding surfaces makes that area smell nice, the clean up is a pain in the you-know-what.
I recently discovered Febreze Set & Refresh. I love Febreze, and when we had a fabric couch I religiously used the Febreze spray on it to keep it from smelling like a dog couch. Our new leather couch is a no-dog zone so we won’t have to worry about it smelling, and since I’m not using the Febreze spray as much, the air in the room isn’t quite as fresh as I’d like it to be.
Those funky cone air fresheners my mom and grandmother used to use were not as effective as I’d like, and while I have a couple of the plug-in kind, I needed something for the areas there are no available outlets.
OK, if I’m being honest, I just didn’t like how the cone fresheners looked, not to mention you have to keep raising the cover to let the gooey gel inside evaporate into the air. So not classy looking. Even for a bathroom.
The thing I love about the new Set & Refresh is that they last noticeably longer than the cones because it slowly releases scented oils for 30 days. And not in a gagging overkill manner, either. The unit itself is small and unassuming – and pretty much can blend in anywhere in the house without being obtrusive. Here look:
Pretty cool, no? No cord, no batteries – you simply insert the oil cartridge and let it do it’s thing. No fuss, no muss. That’s what I like.
Which brings me to this weeks question(s):
How do you keep your house smelling fresh? Do you have any favorite air fresheners or methods to keep the air smelling nice?
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