5 natural ways to freshen any room

Keeping your home smelling fresh is an ongoing battle. We are all constantly dealing with musty basements and bathrooms, living rooms overrun with kids and dogs, and kitchens that seemingly feed armies.
Often, cleaning up these spaces is the main focus. But even after a good cleanup job, there are smells that linger. Of course, you can reach for the branded air sprays, but those really aren't good for your home. They're packed with chemicals that stick to your rugs, furniture and clothes. Yuck!
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There are actually some really effective home remedies out there to keep just about any room in your house smelling airy and fresh. And the best part is that you already have most of the necessities lying around in your cupboard. There's really no excuse! Check out the list and get started on your next simple do-it-yourself project.
1. DIY Febreze (h/t Cindy Shopper)
If you already use your favorite scent of Downy Unstopables for your clothing, this is an awesome DIY for you. If you haven't used these guys yet, well, once you do, there's probably no turning back. So instead of just leaving your clothes smelling fresh, whip up this mixture to make the whole house smell heavenly. Here's what you do:
2. Simmer pot (h/t One More Moore)
This is an awesome solution to freshen up your kitchen after cooking a big meal or to make the whole house smell good if you have a wide-open floor plan.
3. Gel jars
Don't pay for those expensive (but great-smelling) gel jars any longer. You can make your own at home quickly and easily with some unscented gelatin. Here's how to do this:
4. DIY oil diffusers (h/t Sugar & Cloth)
Ever looked at one of those scent diffusers and said, "I could make that," but didn't know how? Check out these easy DIY diffusers:
5. Baking soda air freshener
This is an awesome — and totally simple — DIY for rooms that need a little extra help staying fresh. Think bathroom, mudroom or basement. Try the solution below:
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