Obsessed cleaners share easy tips to keep your home smelling immaculate on a budget & why a wax melt schedule is key

NO matter how often you clean you home, sometimes horrible odours linger for hours, or sometimes days – particularly if you have pets or smelly kids.

But there are some simple ways you can make your home smell heavenly all the time, and you don't need to spend a fortune either.

Cleaning experts from money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk have joined forces to create a guide on how any smell can be removed on a budget. 

From keeping a schedule to some simple radiator tricks – here's how you can freshen up your home in an instant.

Keep a wax melt schedule

Wax melts seems to be a sure-fire way to make your home smell and feel like heaven – and these women have their own simple methods to use them throughout the home.

Katie Kielkowski said: "I deep clean all rooms once a week and make my own soya wax melts. I burn one in the morning and one in the evening."

While Clare Sagar uses a similar method using wax melts in addition to cheap room spray and carpet freshener.

Another woman, Rebecca Royston, also shared her weekly routine: "I have wax melts on and a reed diffuser in each room once a week. Everyone always says the house smells nice."

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: "Wax melts are always cheap buys, especially from stores such as B&M and Poundland. You can buy them in bulk for just a couple of pounds and easily keep your home smelling fragrant."

Focus on your soft furnishings

A woman named Amy Walls likes to give her soft furnishings a spritz which keeps her home fresh – and fabric softener is the secret weapon.

"I put fabric softener and water in a spray bottle and spray my soft furniture," she said, but avoid spraying the floors which could make it slippery.

Another tip came from Ellen Humphries, who recommended dry shampoo.

She explained: "Use it on carpets, rugs and sofas, and wash all of your curtains. All these soft furnishings keep the smells in."

And if you have any spare vodka laying around, Claire Bear recommended adding it to a spray bottle for cleaning.

"Use vodka in a spray bottle. It’s a good deodoriser for fabrics such as sofas, curtains and mattresses," she said

Radiator tricks

For others, a few simple tricks with your radiator is the secret to a fresh smelling home and Karen Kelly swears my fabric softener.

She said: "I wipe my radiators down with fabric softener when they’re on – the smell goes all around the house."

Similarly, another woman named Amy Louise puts Zofolora on tumble dryer sheets and wipes over the radiators, particularly when they're warm.

Others agreed with Sue Cheeseman adding: "I put fabric softener in water 50/50 and wipe it over the radiators. When they are on it makes the house smell fabulous."

Tom said: "I’ve got some Zoflora under the kitchen sink, it was a bargain buy from Poundland. I’ll give the radiator trick a go tonight and see if my partner notices!"

Keep rooms smelling fresh

Rather than focusing on one particular part of a room, these cleaning-obsessed women like to tackle larger areas and reckon it's the only way to maintain freshness.

Carol Street recommends filling a room with sweet scents using a diffuser and essential oils, while another approach is keeping the space ventilated.

"Air the place by opening doors and windows," Jacqueline Martin recommended and Ellen Humphries agreed, saying that people should tackle any smells by opening all of their doors and windows.

Nikita Clarke also uses this method, and said: "I love the freshness an open window brings."

While one woman, Dominique Scott, shared a quick hack to freshen up your bin.

She explained: "Use Lenor laundry pearls in the bottom of the kitchen bin – smells amazing."


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Get cleaning

A little bit of cleaning won't go astray either, and these savvy home-cleaners have shared their top tips.

Darren Metcalfe uses his own cleaning cocktail using essential oils – particularly lemon fragrances – which he says "smells lush."

Similarly, Melissa Connelly reckons white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda does the trick and eliminates bad smells that may be lingering.

What's more,Lynsey Davis focused on vacuuming and suggested: "Put Unstoppables in your filter. It leaves a lovely scent whenever you vacuum."

Tom said: "Most of us will have supplies such as disinfectant, Flash and bicarbonate of soda in the house, so creating mixes like this to clean surfaces is both easy and cheap."

Make the most of stain-removing hacks

Removing unwanted stains can help keep your abode looking and feeling divine, and there are a few tips to help you along the way.

Phoe Panda swears by bicarbonate of soda as an all-rounder as "it’s not only got abrasive qualities" which means it's a "good material to remove marks and crusty stuff, but it’s super good at deodorising."

As for stinky, grubby carpet,simply coat it in bicarb and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes, then hoover it up.

Phoe said: "I had a second hand leather sofa that reeked of cigarette smoke. Two overnight ‘soaks’ in bicarb got rid of the smell entirely."

But she did warn that it doesn't smeall of anything in particular and that it just has a "neutral smell."

Other mums agreed saying it's a good tip for when kids, or dogs, "are sick on carpets."

Use some witchy magic

If you really want to take things up a notch you can take on Marie Lykewakewitch's top.

She recommends using sage smudging sticks as it "cleans and purifies the air with a little witchy magic."

Tom explained: "Smudging is a practice with plenty of history attached to it. It is traditionally associated with preventing negativity from entering the home, which could have an adverse effect on sleep.

"There is also some research which indicates sage could help with insomnia. Those who have classic garden sage may burn it, as it has been reported to help with both sleep and anxiety.

"To smudge a house with sage, hold it at a 45 degree angle and then light it. Let it burn for approximately 20 seconds, then blow out the flame. The ritual is complete when you see orange embers on one end. At this point, you can begin cleaning the room."

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