How to keep your home smelling fresher for longer during lockdown

By Rich Quelch, Global Head of Marketing, Lifestyle Packaging

As we endure a third national lockdown, we’re spending most (if not all) of our time at home. This, combined with the colder weather, is creating problems for many of us like hard-to-shift indoor odours and bad air quality.

To help keep your home smelling fresher for longer, the home fragrance experts at Lifestyle Packaging have put together their top tips and tricks…and many of them don’t cost a penny.

Hinch it

keep your home smelling fresher

It can be tempting to spend lockdown snuggled up in a blanket watching Netflix and skip the housework. But with everyone spending more time indoors, our homes are getting dirtier, quicker and left for too long, this can cause bad odours to build up and impact our respiratory health.

So, take inspiration from the queen of clean, Mrs Hinch and use some of your new-found time to get on top of chores and do those deep clean jobs you’ve been putting off.

Encourage air flow

keep your home smelling fresher

Keep your home smelling fresher – When it’s so cold and wet, opening your windows may seem counterproductive but it’s really important to introduce fresh air into your home and encourage air flow. It can also help to neutralise odours.

Find a time when the temperature isn’t too low to open up windows on each floor, keeping internal doors open too to air out your house. Try to keep your bedroom door open at night too. Air-purifying snake plants, spider plants and aloe vera can also help to boost indoor air quality the natural way.

Simple kitchen tricks

keep your home smelling fresher

No doubt one of the busiest areas in your home as you prepare more meals than normal and experiment with new recipes, the kitchen is one of the trickiest rooms to keep smelling fresh. Opt for citrus-based fresh scents like lemon, lime, grapefruit and tangerine which can neutralise unsavoury smells. If you have an open-plan kitchen that’s shared with a living or dining room, a spray may be the best option to keep things smelling fresh but without overwhelming the different spaces.

Keep your home smelling fresher – If your food bin is smelling foul, cut a slice of lemon and place it on the scraps. The cleansing power of citric acid will help to break down these odours. Vinegar is also another savvy kitchen staple that can cut through cooking smells. Once you’ve eaten your meal, boil a pan of water with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar and let the steam fill the room. For fridges, leave a small cup of baking powder at the back of the shelf to neutralise foul smells.

Dry damp clothing

Residual dampness is the enemy of fresh indoor air, so make sure any outdoor wear has the space to dry out before putting it away. If you get really soaked, put coats in the dryer or hang them in the shower or over a bath. Keep footwear near radiators before storing them away and remove any large clumps of mud.

Avoid piling coats footwear on top of one another when they’re still damp. Spread them out so the air can circulate and dry them faster. If you prefer to hang your washing loads to dry, consider investing in a heated drying rack to speed to process up and minimise damp smells.

Use essential oils in your bathroom

Essential oils in your bathroom

Keep your home smelling fresher – When it comes to the bathroom, bad smells are inevitable. To help eliminate them, diffusers with essential oil diffusers are the best option to purify the air and eradicate airborne bacteria. Using the power of natural scents, opt for ginger, peppermint or eucalyptus oils to create a spa-like experience or try breezier scents which remind you of the seaside like sea salt, seaweed and driftwood.

Remember to turn the reeds upside down if your diffuser is losing strength to reveal the scent-soaked ends. It’s also important to make sure you get fresh air into the room to prevent mould and mildew, through vents, windows and keeping the internal door open when not in use.

Don’t forget upholstery

Any kind of upholstery is a magnet for odours and bacteria, particularly if you have pets.

Wash any throws and cushion covers at least once a month – but check manufacturer’s instructions first. Odour-eliminating sprays can also help you keep soft furnishings smelling fresh if you’re not able to wash them.

For carpets, clean up spills quickly to avoid smells lingering. You can also sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet – let it sit for a few before hoovering. The same method can be used for pet beds and mattresses. 

For more Home & Garden tips


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest

Most Popular

Ultimate winter driving guide

5 Must Do tips: the Ultimate winter driving guide

The key in most difficult conditions is to slow down and ensure drivers are in complete control of the vehicle. Watching how other motorists are tackling the weather will also help prepare drivers for what is coming up ahead of them.

Facebook Ad Manager


If you want to get people to see the products, solutions or services your company offers, you really cannot afford to avoid social media; it is where engaged people tend to hang out when they are online, and these platforms provide the ideal opportunity to get in front of millions of people quickly and easily. Facebook and Instagram advertising can both be incredibly beneficial to your business, but today we’re going to focus solely on Facebook.