9 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good For the Holidays

December 3, 2021 (updated January 31, 2023) — Written by

It’s a struggle to keep your house smelling good all the time (especially if you have pets or kids… or a composting bin). But never fear—we’ve got you covered with 9 easy ways to ditch the stench and create a welcoming space for family and friends. 

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By: Lisa Fennessy

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I live with three boys. And that means my house is more likely to smell like a garbage dump faster—there’s just less margin for error when it comes to the amount of sports equipment and B.O. that boys carry around (this reader gets it—she’s got pee in her closet!).

That said, I’m constantly searching for new ways to get rid of the smell and make my house feel fresh and clean. These 9 ways are simple and effective, and you can use them to prep for holiday guests or all year round.

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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


  1. Reply

    Regina J.

    Thank you very much for this post! Special thanks for sharing your favorite scents – I’m obsessed with scandinavic scents.
    By the way, often there’s an unpleasant smell in the house because of extra humidity, which causes mold. If you find mold at home, the first thing I recommend is to check the condensate drain channels of your air conditioner. According to this guide https://polestarplumbing.com/news-media/keeping-up-with-ac-maintenance, if they become clogged, the unit won’t remove humidity which can lead to moisture buildup in the home. Actually, it is the most common cause of mold buildup in home.

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Thanks for this tip Regina!

  2. Reply

    Regina J.

    Of course!

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