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"Light a candle! That'll take care of it!"
Uh... Not necessarily. Have you ever walked into a room and noticed an off-putting odor? Maybe it's a musty basement smell or the scent of stale air. It's tempting to just light a strong-smelling candle and be done with it.
You're doing you (and your amazing candle scent) a disservice! Don't ignore the problem... Treat it at the source!
The next time you catch yourself wincing at a certain smell, take these steps to de-mustify your room.
First thing's first - we need to figure out exactly what smells. It could be a mystery smell, but odds are, you'll be able to tell what it is from the scent profile. Do you smell mold and mildew? What about ammonia from a pet accident? What about an old wet towel? Gross!
If possible, open up a window and let the room air out. An exchange of stale air to fresh air will do the room (and you) some good!
Next, it's time to clean the stain or dispose of the offending item. Goodbye forgotten snack food. Adios gym bag. Neutralize the odor and get ready for the next step - we're on our way to making our room smell fresh and clean again.
Great, you found the offending pet stain and scrubbed it up. You rinse-n-vac'd your carpet and now you're feeling accomplished. That's a great first step... But now there's a bit more to do.
Make an effort to clean up the room around the stain, especially while the window is still open and aerating the space. Take a moment to put your big pile of clothes away or empty your hamper. Dust your dressers, mantles, or other wooden surfaces. You'll probably want to run the vacuum cleaner as well.
Remember that a cluttered living space often means a cluttered mental space. The more tidy your space, the more lucid you'll feel!
Hopefully you've been airing the room out this whole time with some fresh air... But you can take your ventilation game to the next level with a few other tactics.
If you have an air purifier, that is the most ideal scenario. Turn the purifier on and let it suck all the dust, dirt, and grime out of the air. These invisible, but nefarious particles can secretly smell pretty bad, so removing them from your environment is almost always a good idea.
If not, you can use a ceiling fan, an electric fan, an air conditioning unit, or your home's forced air to get a bit of air circulation happening. It's one thing to open a window to let fresh air in - it's another to circulate that freshness into every nook and cranny of your room.
Make sure you do this before you light your candle, though. A flickering candle flame is no good!
If you didn't bother to clean the rest of your room... You might want to revisit step two before you move on.
If you find your carpet or floor still has a lingering odor, you can always try baking soda. There's a reason that many individuals keep an open box of baking soda in their refrigerator - it absorbs offensive odors, keeping your fridge smelling fresh and clean.
Try sprinkling some baking soda on your carpet in the offending area. Give it a minute to soak up any nasty smells and then vacuum it up, no hassle.
If it's a pet stain, you might need something a bit more powerful, like an enzymatic cleaner. Stop by your local pet supply store and ask a specialist for a product that will bust up your pet's offensive odors.
Sure, the crisp scent of an all-purpose cleaner is a pleasant experience when you walk into a room... But there really is nothing better than choosing a custom scent for your living space via a candle.
The key here is to make sure you have a "neutral" smelling room to work with. A room that is clean and functional will allow for the most pleasant, candle-lighting experience.
Looking for a floral scent? Try Lavender or Lilac.
Yearning for a summery, beachy smell? How about Mermaid Daydream or Ocean Breeze.
Do you like dessert? Warm Apple Pie or Cinnamon Bun will do the trick.
Do you like to live on the wild side? Our Mystery candle is always a good time!
Phew... After all that cleaning, you deserve to treat yourself to a bit of self care! Light up your favorite Jackpot Candle, or hop into the bathtub with one of our Jackpot Candles Bath Bombs!
The best part? Every time you buy yourself a Jackpot Candles experience, you'll walk away with something pretty! Each of our candles and bath bombs come stuffed with a ring worth anywhere from $15 to $5000!
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