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Renter-Friendly Scent Solutions – No Candles Necessary!

Essential Oil Diffuser on a Bedside TableAs much as we appreciate candles, sometimes they just don’t cut it when making our rental homes smell better. Also, open flames can be a serious fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles start about 7,400 home structure fires and causing 90 deaths and $291 million in property damage every year. This statistic is why most Costa Mesa property managers strive to discourage their renters from using candles.

Given the dangers that candles pose, it is good to know that there are many other (and safer) alternatives to freshen up the air in your home and provide a comfortable atmosphere without utilizing open flames.

Simmer Scented Herbs

One straightforward method to make your home smell lovely is to simmer a pot of water on the stove with fresh herbs, spices, or essential oils. You can experiment with various combinations to identify your favorite scent. This will fill the air with a pleasant fragrance and help humidify dry winter air.

Essential Oil Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser is a great way to naturally fragrance your home without candles or any flame. All you need is a diffuser, some water, and your favorite essential oils. Many different types of diffusers on the market use various methods 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 you desire to remain safe, an electric wax warmer may be the best solution. These devices use a tiny light bulb or heating element to melt wax cubes or tarts, distributing the fragrance into the air without an open flame. You can buy electric wax warmers online or at your local home goods store.

Scented Sprays

Scented room sprays are another excellent approach to instantly freshen up any room in your home. They come in many different scents, and you can use them as often as you want. Just read the labels meticulously before spraying, as some items may contain harmful chemicals.

Clean and Purify the Air

Another simple strategy to keep your home smelling fresh is to keep your home clean and tidy. Dust, dirt, and other debris can all make your place smell awful, so keeping your place clean will go a long way in making it smell good.

Another wonderful idea is to invest in some good quality houseplants. Not only do they look nice, but they also help purify the air by absorbing harmful toxins. Some of our favorites include bamboo, aloe vera, and peace lilies.

If you want something more permanent solution, try adding an air purifier. This will help remove any unwanted odors from the air and create cleaner, healthier surroundings in your home.

These are just a few of several possibilities to make your rental home smell good without candles. So next time you’re seeking a way to freshen up the place, give one of these tips a try!


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