Reprinted from BrightNest.com
Which one of your senses is most closely linked to your emotions? Smell!
In fact, psychological studies have shown that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell, including pleasant childhood memories and feelings of well-being. This is why brands use scents (and the emotions they create) to sell products, but you don’t have to be a big-name brand to take advantage of this. You can easily use smells to be happier at home!
Here are some simple ways to make your home smell great:
Most gardening stores and nurseries will sell sprigs of fresh eucalyptus for a few bucks a pop. We recommend buying 2-3 sprigs at a time and then hanging them in your shower. Tip: Hang them in a far corner where they won’t get wet!
When you take a steamy shower, the humidity will activate the oils in the eucalyptus and create a spa-like experience with no extra effort.
If you love the smell of your dryer sheets, and you have central AC, this is going to make you a very happy camper. Simply grab a few dryer sheets and place them behind the vents that are pumping air into the rooms of your home. You’ll enjoy a fresh-laundry aroma for a few days!
To make your linens and laundry smell like a field of wild flowers, all you need is rubbing alcohol, lavender essential oil, distilled water and five minutes. For a step-by-step recipe, read: Treat Yourself! Make Lavender Linen Spray.
Truth time. Dish duty is kind of a pain. But there are ways to make it a little better. In addition to a few dishwashing hacks that speed up the process, try adding a pleasant smell to the mix! When it comes to dish soaps, our noses belong to any scent that Mrs. Meyers can dream up, especially Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Basil Dish Soap.
Tip: Once you’re done with the dishes, give your entire sink area a lathering, then rinse. That way, the smell will last a little longer!
There are a ton of ways to use citrus and other natural ingredients as air fresheners, but this little trick was new to us: Grab an orange and peel it. Then press 5-6 cloves into the skin of the orange, wrap it up with a cord or piece of fabric and hang it in your kitchen or living room. The two scents combine for a unique aroma that can last up to two weeks.
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