Rid Your Home of Stale Winter Air

    The holiday season is behind us and winter is in full swing!  The League City area has felt record breaking cold temperatures and we have been spending a lot of time curled up on our couches wrapped up in fuzzy throw blankets, sipping coffee, snuggling with our pets and catching up on Netflix.  With that comes less than fresh home odors so let’s get right into all the ways you can freshen your home!

    Texas Home Shop’s 10 Ways to a Fresh Home

    1.) Open a Window!  Yes… even during this strange winter season here in Houston, we still have many intermittent spring-like days.  Take advantage of these times and let that outdoor air in.

    2.) Plug in a humidifier.  A humidifier is good for circulating stale air and it will help keep your skin from drying out.

    3.) Wash EVERYTHING!  Take your curtains down, remove those throw pillow covers, and toss them in the wash along with your favorite cozy throw blanket.  Nothing smells better than fresh laundry!

    4.) Baking Soda… freshen up upholstered surfaces (like your couch and chairs), carpets and rugs by sprinkling them with baking soda.  Let it sit for a couple of hours and vacuum up.

    5.) Water and Vinegar… hard surfaces can always use a good wipe down with a water and vinegar mixture.  The vinegar smell will evaporate quickly and you’re left with clean air that isn’t masked by perfumes.

    6.) Bring the outdoors in!  Low maintenance plants like the spider plant adds oxygen, cleans and purifies the air in your home.  The Clean Air Study by NASA recommends one plant per 100 square feet in your home.

    7.) Change those air filters!  Winter means your heater is pumping a lot of air through your return air vents and your air filters get dirty.  A dirty air filter means dirty air is filling your home and your lungs.

    8.) Try an oil diffuser.  Essential oils are said to have many health benefits and using a diffuser will create a mist that will spread throughout your home.

    9.) Lemons… cutting a lemon or orange into small slices and tossing them into your garbage disposal along with plenty of cold water will help clean the blades and fill your kitchen with a yummy citrus smell.

    10.) When all else fails… go ahead and light that scented candle.  I was lucky enough to scoop up some $8 candles at the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale and I stocked up!  Their 3-wick candles are my favorite because they quickly fill my home with fragrance.

     

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