As much as we enjoy candles, every so often they just don’t cut it when making our rental homes smell lovely. Plus, open flames can be a significant fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles start about 7,400 home structure fires yearly, causing 90 deaths and $291 million in property damage yearly. This statistic is why many Park Ridge property managers try to discourage their renters from utilizing candles.
Given the dangers that candles hold, reassuringly, there are multiple other (and safer) ways to freshen up the air in your home and provide a satisfying atmosphere without utilizing open flames.
Simmer Scented Herbs
One simple method to make your home smell good is to simmer a pot of water on the stove with fresh herbs, spices, or essential oils. You can experiment with different combinations to find your favorite scent. This will impart a lovely fragrance and help humidify dry winter air.
Essential Oil Diffuser
An essential oil diffuser is a wonderful way to naturally fragrance your home without candles or any flame. All you need is a diffuser, some water, and your best-loved essential oils. There is an extensive selection of diffusers on the market use numerous strategies to disperse essential oils into the air. Some diffusers use heat to vaporize the oils, while others use ultrasonic vibrations or fans.
Electric Wax Warmer
If you just can’t give up candles but still want to be safe, an electric wax warmer may be the perfect solution. These devices use a small light bulb or heating element to melt wax cubes or tarts, releasing the fragrance into the air without an open flame. You can find a wide variety of electric wax warmers online or at your local home goods store.
Scented room sprays are another great way to immediately freshen up any room in your home. They come in a wide variety of scents and can be used as often as you like. Just read the labels carefully before spraying, as some products may contain harmful chemicals.
Clean and Purify the Air
Another easy way to keep your home smelling fresh is to keep your home clean and tidy. Dust, dirt, and other debris can all produce bad smells, so keeping your place clean will go a long way in making it smell nice.
Another great option is to invest in some good quality houseplants. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also help purify the air by absorbing harmful toxins. Some of our favorites include bamboo, aloe vera, and peace lilies.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, try installing an air purifier. This will help to remove any unwanted odors from the air and create a cleaner, healthier environment in your home.
These are just a few of the many ways you can make your rental home smell great without candles. So next time you’re looking for a way to freshen up the place, give one of these tips a try!
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