How To: Make Your Kids Rooms Smell Better Naturally

How To: Make Your Kids Rooms Smell Better Naturally

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 22, 2009

It doesn't matter if your kids keep their rooms 100% spotless (we should all be so lucky) there's still a few bad smell offenders that can get the best of any child. There's bound to be some smelly sneakers in the closet, dirty diapers or those waiting to be laundered, or poor air flow stinking up the works. Click through the jump to see how to eliminate unwanted smells, while still being eco-friendly!

Be Food And Drink Free. The first and most obvious tip we have for keeping our kids spaces smell free is to check for food. It sounds silly and right now you're all claiming in your mind to never let your child eat in their room, but there have been escapee apple cores and juice glasses smuggled away from the kitchen before... right? So start there.

Next up is the closet. Check for smelly shoes (let your kids help and save your snout!). Often times kids shoes are able to be machine washed. They might make a racket, but it can make a world of difference. For those unable to hit the showers, try filling them with baking soda overnight (and sometimes into the next day). Likewise, a diluted vinegar solution in small amounts can help air out some of the swamp that accumulates in the shoe. Just use a spray bottle and mist gently, setting them outside in the sun helps the "vinegar smell" dissipate quicker.

If you have windows, open them. Nothing beats fresh air, even on the hottest day of the year. Hot, fresh air is better than cool smelly air. Even if it's only for a few minutes, opening the windows is the quickest way to clean the air flow in your spaces.

Use plants and cut flowers. Fresh flowers, in pots or cut, introduce chemical-free fragrance. Potted houseplants can also help take volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide out of the air. Different plants can help out specific things, such as a boston ferns removes formaldehyde and peace lilies reduce acetone. Not that either of those things are prevalent in your kid's spaces, but you get the idea!

Use Essential Oils. Essential plant oils, such as lavender, lemon, verbena, or bergamot offer pure fragrance that can be used in sachets, organic potpourri, or even with a drop or two placed on cotton balls placed strategically in your home or car. They should be placed out of the way of children, a great secret place is the top of a window sill, held down by a push pin. Or, make your own room spray by mixing eight or nine drops of essential oil(s) to 600 ml of water in a spray bottle. Shake before each use and it will keep things light and best of all, fresh. Don't forget a quick spray of the dirty clothes bag or those still hanging to be worn it goes a long way!

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