We’ve all experienced that end of the day slump where you walk into your home and wonder, “What’s that smell?” If memory serves, it wasn’t that bad when you left, but now? Gross. Maybe trash from breakfast is the culprit. Maybe Fido did a “no-no.” Or, maybe, that’s just what your house smells like, and you’ve grown accustomed to it.
Some have called this phenomenon “nose-blindness.” Scientists say that within two breaths your brain is already beginning to shut down that particular scent from immediate monitoring. It seems that once your mind determines there’s no danger, like fire or a rabid skunk, then it “switches off” those receptors in your nose. Handy for detecting if something is amiss, but worrisome if you are concerned your area stinks!
Good news on two fronts! First, studies show that the fact that you’re concerned about the smell around your personal space will help you manage it better. Your nose will stay more “alert,” as it’s on your mind. Second, if you want to improve the scent in the air, the creative minds at The Vibe Now have some ideas.
Using either an empty candle jar or a small mason jar, this DIY project is off to an easy start. From there, the main ingredients are baking soda, which you may already be using as a deodorizer in your home, and your favorite essential oil. Just mix them together, and voilà, you have your own customized air freshener. Now, it’s up to you to decorate it, or just use it as is. Guess that depends on how soon you want those good smells to flow!
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