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How to Keep Your House Smelling Great for the Holidays

There are many delightful scents associated with the holidays. The aroma of fresh-baked pumpkin pie and homemade cookies makes your home feel inviting. However, you don’t have to bake every day to fill your house with holiday fragrances. Here are a few ways to keep your house smelling pleasantly festive throughout the holiday season.

burning scented candle for holiday smell

Scented Candles

Scented candles are a holiday staple in many homes. They add warmth, color, and fragrance to any room. Although there are many wonderful holiday scents, pine, cinnamon, vanilla, peppermint, and pumpkin spice are among the favorites. Choose your favorites and place them around your home.

potpourri mix in a jar holidays scent smell good


Potpourri is another way to add scent and festivity to your home during the holidays. You can purchase dried potpourri and add a few drops of your favorite holiday essential oil to enhance the fragrance. You can use potpourri for a table centerpiece or place it in pretty baskets throughout the house.

small brown bottle of essential oils scent for the holidays

Essential Oils

Essential oils are a great way to fill your house with holiday fragrances. Use a festive essential oil such as cinnamon in your diffuser and let the fragrance waft through the air. If you have more than one diffuser, use one on the main floor and one upstairs to get the full effect of holiday fragrance throughout the house.

soaps scent for the holiday

Guest Soaps

Keep the bathroom fragrant by adding holiday guest soaps in pine, cinnamon, or your favorite scent. You can purchase them in holiday shapes and colors that will match your bathroom decor. Place several of them in a decorative bowl or basket. You can choose a single holiday fragrance or mix and match holiday scents & colors.

Decorate with Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon sticks can add a decorative touch and aromatic fragrance to your home. You can add cinnamon sticks to a holiday wreath by tying them onto the wreath with pretty colorful ribbons. You can wrap single cinnamon sticks or bundles with ribbon and hang them on the tree. Decorate mason jars with holiday wrapping paper and ribbon, then fill them with cinnamon sticks. You can place them on tables or mantles for a pleasant holiday fragrance. Be creative and find ways to use cinnamon sticks in your home.

Tidy Up with Fragrance

You can also add holiday fragrance while doing your regular household chores like vacuuming. Using a carpet deodorizer can leave your whole house smelling fragrant. You can also use a fabric spray to freshen your furniture and drapes.

These are just a few ways to spread holiday fragrances throughout your home. However, the most inviting aromas come from the kitchen. Not only do they smell good, but they’re tasty too.

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