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Deodorizing Scents for the Home

Give your utilitarian rooms more than just visual appeal by adding mood-boosting scents


Can’t stand the kulob closet smell? Do you want to protect your kitchen from mold and mildew? If you answered “Yes,” then it’s time to give your home a nice smelling boost.

Production by Paula de Guzman. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("Smells Good!") in the December 2012-January 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Give your bedroom an uplifting vibe.

Make the transition from wakefulness to peaceful sleep with soothing scents like lavender and chamomile. According to Louise Tucker’s An Introductory Guide to Scents, lavender can relieve tension and mild headaches. Citrus scents, on the other hand, uplift the mood so use such when you want to wake up bright and cheery.

Freshen up your linen closet.

Dispel the kulob closet smell from seldom-used items such as seasonal linen. Air your linen out once a month, and then add a quick spritz of linen spray to freshen them up. As a bonus tip, when ironing cotton sheets, in lieu of plain water, spritz on linen spray to give it a longer-lasting scent.

Have eco-friendly scents and disinfectants on hand.

The kitchen is the busiest part of the home and also the most challenging to maintain. Use dual-purpose sprays that don’t just disinfect but protect from mold and mildew and have fragrant scents, too.

Go all-natural.

If store-bought scents are too strong for you, then look for all-natural deodorizers in the kitchen. You may use coffee-based fragrances in the kitchen because coffee has a strong aroma that can cover up all the other scents in the area. You can also use cinnamon bark sticks! These will make your kitchen smell like there’s something baking.

Add luxury to your bathroom.

The bathroom is often one of the most neglected rooms in the Pinoy home. Give this room a little TLC by giving it an aromatic treatment. Use scented candles and diffusers in beautiful containers with bold, deep fragrances that will help dispel funky odors.

Real Tip: Diffuser or Spray? Remember that diffusers last longer. Spays are better used for the pillows and bed sheets.


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