Candles are a soothing way to get your place smelling great again. Photo courtesy of cwwycoff1. Licensed under CC BY-2.0.Undoubtedly sometime in your college career, you looked around your dorm room or apartment and thought, “Man, it really smells in here.” It’s pretty much inevitable while you live in such a small place with other people. Trash doesn’t land exactly in the trash can, plates go uncleaned for a couple of days, and just being in close quarters with other people can make your place, well, smelly.

I’ve tried several things to my room out to make it smell better. I bought store products like those fragrance plug-ins and some fragrance sprays like Oust. And while those work pretty well, I don’t really love the idea of spraying my place with chemicals to make it smell better. So I’ve done some research to find out some awesome ways to make my apartment smell awesome in a much more natural way. 


Duh. Candles rock. You can choose from tons of scents and brands to fit your fancy. I prefer something fragrant enough to make a difference, but not too overpowering or too sweet. However, candles are most definitely not allowed in dorm rooms. There’s way too much danger of the entire room catching fire. So for dorm residents, you’ll have to continue on to the other tips. For apartment renters, just make sure you’re careful about your candle placement. Apartments are just as flammable as dorms.

Vanilla Extract

This little tip comes from us from Lifehacker, and I am so going to use it as soon as I move into my apartment. To make your place smell like heaven, pour two capfuls of vanilla extract into a coffee cup and place it in your oven at 300 degrees for about an hour. Depending on how big or small your place is, however, you might want to start out with a smaller amount of vanilla extract so it doesn’t completely overpower your nose.

Baking Soda

This is a very old trick, but it’s still being used for a reason. Open a box of baking soda and stick it in your fridge to keep your fridge from smelling of all of the various foods you store in there. Even though you should be cleaning out your fridge from time to time to keep gross food out of there, sometimes even just keeping leftovers or other food in there can make your fridge smell unpleasant. A box of baking soda will help absorb those unpleasant smells and keep your fridge smelling fresh.

Cotton Balls and Oils

Another great tip for keeping your place smelling fantastically is to buy some essential oils, especially peppermint, cinnamon, or lavender, and put several drops of it in a cotton ball. Place the cotton ball in a small jar or container and poke holes in the top of it. Hide the jar somewhere out of sight or even decorate the jar if you’re feeling especially arts-and-crafty. Do this in several rooms in your apartment, and your whole place will smell lovely.

Perfume and Light Bulbs

This is one that I have not heard of before, but I’m really interested in trying. Get some of your favorite perfume (or for guys, maybe your girlfriend’s perfume or even some fragrance spray) and spray it on an unlit light bulb. When the light bulb is turned on later, the heat will disperse the smell throughout the room. This is an easy, simple trick to spread a very specific scent.

Crumpled Newspaper and Water

If you’re a dude, then perhaps you don’t want your apartment to smell like lavender or peppermint (for whatever reason, I don’t know… Pft). So for guy apartments, here’s another way to get rid of smelliness in your place. If you crumple up old newspaper and spritz a little water on it, it will magically neutralize the smells in a small area. This works in fridges, drawers, and other small spaces. 

What tricks do you use to keep your place smelling its absolute best? Let us know in the comments!

[via Lifehacker, LifehackerHeloise]