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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  1. I love Fabreeze & I spray around especially where the dog lays, but I also like to burn candles especially when company comes over. Just got two pumpkin ones, but I love vanilla candles my favorite. Have a great weekend.

  2. Hey! I’m the newest follower! 🙂
    Being an undergrad student, I live in a hostel, and all my pets are back home so I guess my mom’s the one who deals with this issue, but for my own pig-pen sized dorm room I ensure it’s clean at all times, cuz if it’s clean it won’t smell right? lol, and of course plenty of sunshine and fresh air are the priceless resources!
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  3. I’m CONVINCED everyone has one super power. Most people don’t know their power though. Sad, but true. Imagine being able to fly and never knowing. Sadly, I know my super power and it is a super keen sense of smell. Worst. Super. Power. Ever. I can smell something from a mile away (at least if feels like that) and I’m super sensitive to them. When I was pregnant it was even worse.
    I don’t like the chemical smells of air fresheners either. They leave a weird taste in my mouth. Isn’t that odd? Smells have a taste to me. Trust me, this is not a cool super power. I do like candles and try to burn them as often as possible, but it’s just no feasible all the time. If the house is smelling weird (even if I’m the only one who can smell it), I put a small pot on the stove and fill it half full of water. Then I toss in a few sticks of cinnamon, some cloves and and either some lemon or orange peel or just slices of them. I let it simmer for hours and it smells lovely. I’ve done this with essential oils too (in a pot I won’t be using for food!), but if you put too much oil in, it’s really overpowering and for the super smelling power counterproductive.
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  4. I am all about those automatic air fresheners…that is until they run out. Then I forget for a few months and start all over. 😉 I also like freshening the house with sweet smelling candles. Nothing to over powering. I light one up before guests arrive and then blow it out just before they get there. It’s freshens up the house. 🙂
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  5. I like to open the windows when I can to air out the house and let in some fresh air. I also use Lysol spray and/or Febreze spray and sometimes candles (although I don’t like candles that are sweet-smelling – has to be something clean and crisp)
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  6. Your house sounds like mine. 4 stinky dogs, 3 stinky cats, 1 sometimes stinky baby and a stinky husband. I of course smell awesome all the time. I use bottles of the spray febreeze like it’s going out of style. Seriously I should own stock. I am constantly spraying the couches, the dog beds, the air, the dogs themselves. Pretty much just don’t stand still if you don’t want to get sprayed. I might give these things a try though! New GFC follower!
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  7. I don’t like the over kill either. I might have to buy this.

    I just open my windows. For the bathrooms I’ll spray febreze. And rarely I’ll use those baking soda for the carpet.

    I don’t like candles. I think they should only be lit when windows are open to air out the toxins.

    Same for the plug in thingies.

    But I would love a way to keep our home smelling nice oto and I’m not baking all the time!
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  8. Stopping by from another blog hop and saw I was already following you thru GFC but not on Facebook or RSS Reader so today I fixed that and now follow you on Facebook & RSS Reader. I would love a follow back on both of those also when you get the chance. I am also hosting my first giveaway starting either tomorrow or Sunday. I would love for you to come and enter for the Prize Pack which is Eclipse Spa Products, a scrub, lotion and roll on perfume of your choice. Thanks for much for your help and have a great weekend.


  9. I love incense and candles if it’s just me, but for company I use those electric stone burners that you put scented oil in or use those 6/6 fragrance pads that you hook to the a/c filter. Both work really good.
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  10. I use a ton of Yankee Candles and tarts, but I have a humongous stash of air fresheners as well. No real favorites there; I prefer the tarts most. My kids are old enough now that a tart burner is pretty safe. (6, 8, 10)
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  11. I also have a keen sense of smell. I know what my hubby ate for lunch when he comes home after work. Fresh air seems to be the best thing to cover up the smells from 5 sweaty teenagers, a cat, some frogs, and the general mess that is my house! I’m a new follower–would love a follow back!
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  12. Candles are my fav! I am loving the fall fragrances! I am using the auto spray fresheners in the bathroom (litter box in there) and Tara’s room ( guinea pig cage). One of them has a lavender vanilla that I love!!!

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