Great ways to deal with autumn smells

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You might think that the biggest downside to autumn is the fact that the weather is going to start getting worse - after all, no one likes cold and wet days. However, this is just the start, as there is definitely a worse part of the season.

Autumn brings with it a lot of not very nice smells that can invade your home, leaving it smelling a bit musty. From muddy boots, damp coats, dirty carpets and even soaking wet dogs. This is far from ideal when you take a lot of pride in your home or you have a sensitive nose.

Luckily, there are ways to deal with the smells of the season, leaving your home fresh and helping you to avoid any nasty surprises. Here are our top tips for dealing with autumn smells:

Use a base fragrance

One of the easiest ways to overcome the not-so-nice scents of this time of year is to make sure you have a great base fragrance. This will help to ensure that your home always smells amazing and that any other scent can fade into the fragrance you've chosen.

It also means that wet and muddy smells that you bring home with you will fade away faster as you'll be able to pick out the scent that is always there in the background.

This is why it is a good idea to have a reed diffuser at the ready during autumn to release a continuous scent. We have a great range of fragrances in our Classic and Home ranges, so you're sure to find the perfect option to suit your house. 

To get the most out of reed diffusers, check out the best ways to use them in our video

Make a place for wet coats

Wet coats and shoes are one of the biggest causes of damp autumn smells coming into your home and can totally ruin the atmosphere if they are kept in a room where everyone spends a lot of time. 

Luckily, there are ways to deal with the smells of the season

Rather than hanging them up in your kitchen or living room, make a specific place for them, especially when they are absolutely drenched. If you haven't got a utility room or porch, try hanging your wet coats and putting your muddy shoes in the bathroom. 

This room is used to being wet so it won't make too much of a difference, plus being able to hang coats up in the shower or over the bath is a better option than leaving them to drip on your carpets or clean floors. 

A burst of scent

Sometimes, a nasty smell can sneak up on you and then you can't get it out of your nose. Rather than wait for it to fade away, use a burst of something lovely to help cover it up and freshen your home again.

You can achieve this with one of our room mists, which allow you to spritz a gorgeous fragrance into your room to help get rid of any smell you'd rather avoid. Available in three of our best-selling Classic fragrances, the room mists can complement other scents or match your favourite reed diffuser to help create a layered fragrance that lasts.

Open the windows when you can

One mistake that people make is to keep their windows closed throughout autumn because it's cold outside, but this can soon make your home feel musty. This is why you need to make sure you're opening your windows when you can, even if it's just for half an hour at a time.

Opening windows throughout your house and leaving internal doors open will allow a breeze to travel throughout your home, ensuring it smells fresh. Try to do this once a week and you should avoid any awful smells lingering for too long.

To help keep your home smelling lovely, shop our full fragrance range here