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  • The Benefits of Car Air Fresheners

    Air fresheners as we know them have been around since the middle of the 20th century. Since their introduction, many manufacturers have come up with their own styles, designs and scents and the market for air fresheners has seen incredible growth throughout the world. While people use air fresheners everywhere from the home and office, to gym bags, locker rooms and more, the most important use of air fresheners is in our cars.

    Our cars are confined spaces that see a lot of abuse. From snowy or muddy shoes, to leftover containers, spilled coffee and the aroma of that pizza you brought home last night. The combination of smells, dirt and debris can leave our vehicles smelling bad and an air freshener can take that unpleasantness and turn it into an island breeze, lavender meadow or any other scent you like.

    Your Smelly Car

    Imagine just how bad your car would smell without air fresheners. The odours from daily use tend to linger and they could leave your car smelling so bad that even your date might reconsider getting in. This could be bad for your social life and your overall happiness. To think that an inexpensive car air freshener could change all of that and leave you and your car happier and smelling fresh and clean is impressive. Let’s say that you are a smoker. You try your best not to smoke in your car but it is cold outside. Or maybe traffic has you stressed out. So, you light up in your car, crack a window and do your best to direct the smoke outside. It doesn’t always work and although you don’t notice it, soon your car will begin to smell like an ashtray and so will everything in it. Your clothes, your briefcase, your passenger’s clothes and more. That is a smell that is difficult to remove and it could cost you friends or in expensive dry-cleaning bills.

    Different Scents for Different Tastes

    Now, everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to fragrances and car air fresheners offer something for everyone. Natural fragrances such as mountain air, sea fragrance, flowers like rose, lavender or fruits, orange or pineapple are all very effective at eliminating odours and keeping your car smelling fresh and clean. Not only will a car air freshener bring fresh air, but also comfort inside your car. Air fresheners for cars are affordable and the results they bring are more than worth the price.

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  • New Year, New Home-Home Interior Resolutions for 2018

    Whether you want to keep up with the newest interior design trends for 2018 or your house is just due for a decor update, it is a good idea to make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to make your home more beautiful, more comfortable and more inviting with these easy design tips. Remember, no interior design is complete without a fresh new fragrance to give it that welcoming appeal that your friends, family and guests will rave about!

    For your New Year’s resolution, apply these latest design elements to your home and add some style appeal:

    Maximalism: Maximalism consists of contrasting patterns and prints. This design is a move away from the minimalistic style that has dominated the interior market in the past few years. You should use maximalism design if you want to express yourself and your personal sense of style more. Pair bold scents with this design style for maximum effect.

    Add more comfortable spaces: In many places, the boundaries between leisure and work are becoming blurred. There’s currently a shift toward a more casual design with focus on experience, instead of aesthetics. This trend is reflected in surface finished and furniture. The use of enveloping silhouette, velvet and other tactile fabrics will grow in popularity this year. Both in the workplace and houses, people are looking for reassurances and extra comfort. A warm, comforting scent pairs well with this look.

    Monochrome: This trend lets you opt for a calmer tonal interior with layered shades that have the same color. When done properly, the results can be very sophisticated looking. Proper monochrome tones can be applied to furniture, tiles, paint and others. Each color has dozens of shades that can be arranged to create a degree of subtlety. Monochrome should be an excellent platform for any minimalist design. This look requires a sophisticated fragrance such as bamboo or mint accents.

    Brass: Brass elements will make a re-entry into interior design styles this year. They can give living room furniture and kitchen cabinets an aged finish. They may also provide shine for vintage inspired light fixtures and serving wares. Brass can be used in bathrooms to create an overall elegant element but be sure not to overdo it as it can become an overpowering element in smaller rooms. A woodsy scent will tie your room together.

    Wabi-Sabi: A unique Japanese art, Wabi-Sabi uses imperfection to find beauty. In home design, it can be implemented by using hand-painted or handmade items, such as pottery or rough linens. The result can be organically aesthetic and deeply personal. Choose your favourite fragrance with this interior design look and make your room you own.

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  • Removing Musty Smells from Your Cottage or Vacation Home

    The winter cold is upon us and for many people, that means heading to warmer climates and their cottages or vacation homes. And for those of you that have a cottage, you know the drawbacks of keeping it closed up for months on end. It can be a relief to finally arrive after a long flight, but when you open the door for that first time in months, the smell just about knocks you backwards.

    I am talking about the mustiness of a closed-up cabin or cottage that hasn’t been properly closed down after last season. Those musty odours can be difficult to get rid of and even worse to live with. If you have a vacation home or cottage that gets musty every season, keep reading for some helpful tips to keep it smelling fresh and clean all year long.

    Tips for Removing Musty Smells in Cottage or Vacation Home

    Ventilate-Open any foundation vents in the winter when the outside air is driest. This helps to release any moisture from the crawlspace keeping mold and mildew at bay.

    Dehumidify- Control indoor humidity levels by using a dehumidifier in the warmer months. This will also help keep your home clear of any mold that may grow in damp climates.

    Absorb- In the winter, open bags of activated charcoal or sidewalk chalk can be used to absorb moisture and odours. Baking soda works the same way but can be expensive.

    Air Movement-it is vital that you have air movement if you want to remove any moisture and odors. A ceiling or bathroom fan operated by a timer can provide adequate air movement.

    Deodorize-Clean and deodorize the entire home including any surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. Be sure to use a quality air freshener in the mustiest areas of the home as this will keep the air smelling fresh and clean while the house airs out properly.

    These tips should have your cottage or vacation home smelling fresh and clean in no time. If smells are still present, you may need to have your ducts cleaned thoroughly. For more tips on how you can keep your home smelling good all year long, visit Airpure today!

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  • The Importance of Home Fragrances During Christmas

    For many of us, the true meaning of Christmas is not about what we receive or even what we give. It is about the people that we share the holidays with. For some, that could be family and friends, for others, it could be coworkers, clients and vendors. But no matter who you spend most of your time with during the holidays, it is important to make that time as special as possible.

    From the gifts we give, to the cards we write, the holidays become even more special when we put some thought into everything we do. That can even include our home décor and table settings when we invite those we care about over for a meal. Our home is a representation of us and it becomes part of who we are. The way it looks, the way it makes people feel, even the way it smells can say a lot about you.

    Home Fragrances are More Inviting

    Once you have your home decorated for the holiday and you make it warm and inviting, you should take a quick sniff and see how it smells. Does it smell like musty Christmas ornaments that have been in storage for the past year, or does it smell like whatever you have baking in the oven? Deciding on a holiday fragrance for your home is as important as the decorations you hang and the tinsel on the tree. Choose a home fragrance that is seasonal and your home will seem that much more cozy and inviting and the smells will bring about memories of Christmas’ past.

    Your guests will appreciate the fragrance as well as they arrive for dinner parties, holiday get togethers or intimate gatherings among close friends. The smells of pine, cinnamon, cloves and more can turn your home into a holiday showplace where guests will be excited visit. You can even strategically place different holiday home fragrances in different rooms of your home so you can sample the many scents the season has to offer. Stronger scents in the bathroom and high traffic area, while scents that are softer should be placed in the kitchen and eating areas.

    Shop Airpure for Holiday Home Fragrances

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  • The Worst Smells in Your Home (And How to Fix Them)

    Have you ever come home to a bad smelling house? I don’t mean dinner was cooking and the smell of garlic infused fish filled the air. I am talking about a smell so foul that you gagged in repulsive disbelief that it could actually be coming from your home. No matter how clean your home is, eventually you will come home to a smell so bad that you want to turn back around and leave. Rather than putting your home up for sale with everything in it, why not find the offensive odor and handle it once and for all?

    Our homes can smell bad from time to time and knowing what the smell is and what to look for is the first step in removing it. Keep reading as we list some of the most offensive odors found in our homes.

    1. Mildew Towels

    Mildewed towels can smell bad. Really bad. If your towels become mildewed, you can remove the smell by washing them, by themselves, in hot water with a cup of white vinegar. The vinegar will kill any lingering bacteria. Then wash them as usual with laundry soap and they will come out smelling fresh and clean again.

    1. Pet Bed

         Pets get into everything and they have some awful smelling body oils that help to keep their coat shiny. This can make their bedding or favorite blanket smell foul. Wash their bedding often and never have to smell that odorific pet smell again.

    1. Garbage Can

    The garbage can is one of the worst smelling items in your home. It can range from slightly smelly, to full on putrid. If your trash can has a slight odor problem, a sprinkle of baking soda after cleaning will take care of it. Anything worse and you will need to scrub it with vinegar and hot water.

    1. Inside the Washing Machine

    The inside of your washing machine can begin to smell foul after multiple uses and this is related to mold and mildew that can build up inside. To keep it smelling fresh and clean, try running a hot or warm water cycle with two cups of bleach.

    1. Dishwasher

    Most of us do a terrible job of scraping the dishes before putting them into the dish washer. This could leave your dish washer smelling worse than anything you can imagine. This is because food particles become clogged in the filter basket and rot. To remove the smell, simply remove the filter basket and clean it out. Then run a wash cycle with one cup of white vinegar to kill any lingering bacteria.

    1. Toilet

    Toilets stink for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t make it any more pleasant. To keep them smelling fresh and clean, pour a cup of bleach in the tank on the back. This will help remove any unpleasant smells and help to kill any bacteria. Do not do this if you have a pet that likes to drink out of the toilet as this could make them sick.

    For those household odors that need more than an air freshener, use our handy guide and cleaning tips to keep your home smelling better than ever!

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  • Candle Warmer Safety Tips

    Melted wax candle warmers are a safer and more convenient way to add the scent of your favorite candle to your home. Although flameless, candle warmers heat scented wax using electric current to a small heating unit built into the device. Without an open flame, there is reduced risk for fire and less chance of a small child getting burned by one. Even though these are a much safer version of the old candles we are all familiar with, there are still some precautions we must use when operating one in our home as they are not completely hazard-free.

    Being an electrical device, we need to follow some simple rules of care that we would with any other appliance, keeping in mind that a candle warmer does have a heating element. For starters, never operate any electrical device without understanding the manufacturer's instructions. A quick read over the usage instructions that come with the candle warmer will help keep you and your family safe.

    Next, never leave a candle warmer unattended. Turn it off or unplug it any time you leave the house. If you notice any damage to the cord, stop using the candle warmer immediately and this could cause a fire.

    When melting wax in your candle warmer, be sure it is out of reach of children or pets. The melted wax and the candle warmer itself can get very hot and cause burns. Always make sure that the wax has hardened and the warmer is cool before removing used wax.

    If your warmer smokes or gives off a burning smell, unplug it and discontinue use. There are a couple of reasons this could be happening. The warming element is overheating, or the type of wax you are using has a much lower melting point than the warmer was designed for.

    As with any electrical device, keep the candle warmer away from all liquids. Even a grounded appliance may cause a nasty shock if you touch it with wet hands. If you do happen to spill something on your warmer, be sure to turn it off right away and unplug it. Do not use the warmer again until you are sure that it has dried completely.

    Following these simple tips, you can enjoy your candle warmer without the risk of fire, burns or electrical shock while leaving your home smelling warm and inviting.

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