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Renter-Friendly Scent Solutions – No Candles Necessary!

Essential Oil Diffuser on a Bedside TableAs much as we love candles, occasionally they just don’t cut it when making our rental homes smell fine. Plus, open flames can be a critical fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles start about 7,400 home structure fires yearly, causing 90 deaths and $291 million in property damage annually. This statistic is why countless Minneapolis property managers try to discourage their renters from using candles.

Given the dangers that candles hold, the good news is that there are many other (and safer) ways to freshen up the air in your home and produce a pleasant atmosphere without ending in open flames.

Simmer Scented Herbs

One simple way to make your home smell fantastic is to simmer a pot of water on the stove with fresh herbs, spices, or essential oils. You can experiment with various 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 a good example to naturally fragrance your home without candles or any flame. All you need is a diffuser, some water, and your favorite essential oils. Several 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 still want to be safe, an electric wax warmer may be the perfect solution. These devices use a modest light bulb or heating element to melt wax cubes or tarts, releasing the fragrance into the air without an open flame. You can find a wide selection of electric wax warmers online or at your local home goods store.

Scented Sprays

Scented room sprays are another great way to suddenly freshen up any room in your home. They come in a wide variety of scents and can be used as often as you like. Just read the labels meticulously before spraying, as some products may contain harmful chemicals.

Clean and Purify the Air

One more easy way to keep your home smelling fresh is to keep your home clean and tidy. Dust, dirt, and other debris can all produce bad smells, so keeping your place clean will go a long way in making it smell nice.

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

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, try installing an air purifier. This will help to remove any unwanted odors from the air and create a cleaner, healthier environment in your home.

These are just a few of the many ways you can make your rental home smell great without candles. So next time you’re looking for a way to freshen up the place, give one of these tips a try!


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