Sometimes dirty laundry piles up. Other times you leave your leftovers in your mini fridge a little too long. And sometimes, you really just miss the bliss that comes with lighting a scented candle. Whatever your reason is for wanting a fresh smelling dorm room, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our tricks below.
1. Neutralize odors with baking soda.
This is our favorite trick because baking soda is soo cheap! Stick an open box in your mini fridge to absorb any odors (like that Chinese takeout that’s waiting to be reheated!), or use it to freshen up your carpet. Simply sprinkle some onto the rug, allow it to absorb for a few hours, then vacuum it up.
2. Open your windows.
Maybe this is simple and old fashioned — but it works! When there isn’t much air circulation in your room, it can start smelling muggy and stale real quick. Crack your windows open when the weather permits and let some fresh air in.
3. Try a scented room spray.
Imagine walking into a room that smelled like paradise without a candle in sight! Mmmm. Scented room sprays are perfect for this. Grab a trusted brand like Febreze or Lysol, or whip up your own DIY scented spray. Just combine about 10 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender, peppermint, orange, etc.) with a spray bottle filled with water and a bit of rubbing alcohol.
4. Use your fan.
Fans not only keep the air circulating, but we have a couple of tricks up our sleeves to make them even more useful. If you’ve got some dryer sheets laying around, place a couple on the back of your fan so that it’ll blow out fresh smelling air. Or, stop at the store and invest in some of those scented car vent clips, but clip them onto the fans and vents in your room instead of your car.
5. Keep fabric refresher laying around.
How many times has your laundry overflowed in your hamper before you got around to tackling it? Look…Between going to class, studying, enjoying tailgates, working your on-campus job, and just making memories with friends, we totally get it. It might be some time before you finally get around to that laundry, so spritz some Febreze into your hamper to mask the smell in the meantime.
6. Take out the trash often.
Okay, we’re not trying to sound like your mom here, but this makes a huge difference when you’re in a smaller living space! Make sure you and your roomie are consistently emptying out your trash cans, especially if you often eat and keep food in the room. On a similar note, make sure to wash off those plates and utensils often, too!
Do you have any heavenly-smelling hacks that we didn’t list? Share them in the comments below!