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Renter-Friendly Scent Solutions – No Candles Necessary!

Essential Oil Diffuser on a Bedside TableAs much as we enjoy candles, sometimes they just don’t cut it when making our rental homes smell lovely. Additionally, open flames can pose a significant fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles start about 7,400 home structure fires every year, causing 90 deaths and $291 million in property damage annually. This statistic is the reason several Columbia property managers try to discourage their renters from lighting candles.

Given the dangers that candles pose, the excellent news is that there are various other (and safer) options to freshen up the air in your home and create a relaxed atmosphere without depending on open flames.

Simmer Scented Herbs

One simple way to make your home smell great 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 fill the air with a lovely fragrance and help humidify dry winter air.

Essential Oil Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser is an effective method to naturally fragrance your home without candles or any flame. Only a diffuser, some water, and your chosen essential oils are needed. There are a variety of diffusers purchasable that use various methods to disperse essential oils into the air. Some diffusers employ heat to vaporize the oils, while others use ultrasonic vibrations or fans.

Electric Wax Warmer

If you just can’t give up candles but are concerned about safety, an electric wax warmer may be the best solution. These devices utilize a small light bulb or heating element to melt wax cubes or tarts, delivering the fragrance into the air without an open flame. You can get an extensive selection of electric wax warmers online or at your local home goods store.

Scented Sprays

Scented room sprays are another ideal way to rapidly freshen up any room in your home. They are accessible in a wide variety of scents and can be used as many times as you want. Just be sure to read the labels carefully before spraying because certain products may contain harmful chemicals.

Clean and Purify the Air

Another uncomplicated way to keep your home smelling fresh is to keep your home clean and orderly. Dust, dirt, and other debris can all cause foul smells, so keeping your place clean will go a long way in making it smell lovely.

Another excellent choice is to invest in some good quality houseplants. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they help purify the air by absorbing harmful toxins. Some of our favorites include bamboo, aloe vera, and peace lilies.

If you’re searching for a more permanent solution, consider placing an air purifier. This will help remove any unwanted odors from the air and provide a cleaner, healthier ambiance in your home.

These are only a handful of the numerous ways you can make your rental home smell pleasant without candles. So next time you’re hunting for a solution to freshen up the place, give one of these tips a try!


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