How to Fake a Freshly Cleaned Home – Arati Menon

A clean house is visibly easy to spot: everything is in place; there are no dusty corners, splatter-stained stovetops, or crumb-strewn floors. But our noses can often detect clean and dirty spaces, too. Much like the immediate comfort derived from the smells of short ribs braising or bread baking, the gratifying smell of freshly laundered linens or your favorite household floor cleaner after a morning of cleaning, is hard to overstate. Conversely, pet funk, mustiness, and unwashed linen are dead giveaways of a space that needs attention.

Luckily, there is a quick way to de-stink your home and mask odors—aka, fake a clean home—in a pinch. A DIY room spray! The best part? It’s so easy to make. All you need is a dark-colored glass spritzer bottle (darker bottles protect the oils better) and three simple ingredients—water, alcohol, and essential oils. And sure, you can buy an air freshener, but who needs another reason to bring a single-use bottle, not to mention chemicals, into the home.

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