After spending all day at work or school, the last thing you want to do is come home to a foul-smelling apartment. To help you relax and feel at home, try some of these easy tips to make your apartment smell good as new.

Text by Katherine Polcari

Finger over diffuser steam.


Essential oils can do everything from relaxing you to helping you handle a head cold. They also magically make a home smell fresh with scents including lemon, lavender, and peppermint. With just a few drops of oil mixed with water, a diffuser pumps a fresh aroma throughout your apartment for hours.

Flowery potpourri and candles.


Extend the life of those flowers you bought at last week’s farmer’s market by turning them into homemade potpourri. With a few easy steps, you can make your own customized scent to freshen up your apartment. If you don’t have flowers, try using leftover citrus or cinnamon sticks to give your apartment a sweet seasonal smell.

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Buy a Plant

Living plants can freshen up your apartment, too. Plants also add a bit of class to any home and prove to your visitors that you are responsible enough to take care of a living organism. While there are several plants that purify your home’s air, plants like jasmine and gardenias also offer a sweet fragrance.

Meatballs simmering in crockpot.

Use a Crockpot

Is there any better smell than a meal on the stove? Make a simple crockpot recipe and let it simmer all day while you’re away at work. Then, when you get home, you’ll be met with the smell of a home-cooked meal the second you open your front door. The best part? You get to eat it, too.  

Roomba floor robot vacuum.
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The Best Way to Make Your Apartment Smell Good?


This option isn’t nearly as fun as the others, but sometimes it’s the most effective. Do all of the chores that you have been putting off: take out the trash. Do the laundry. Vacuum. It’s amazing how much better a clean apartment smells.