Tips to Make Your Home Smell Fresh this Holiday Season

xTips to Make Your Home Smell Fresh this Holiday Season

What are your favorite things about the holidays? The food? The presents? The family get-togethers? I love that the holidays give us an excuse to get together with friends and family that we may not see very often. With people in a holiday mood, they may be more likely to call/text saying they’re in the neighborhood and you, being the nice person you are, may be likely to say “Why don’t you stop over.” I have done exactly that only to hang up the phone, look around at my messy house and ask myself, “What did you just do?!?”

If you find yourself in a similar situation with guests on their way over and only a short period of time to prepare, you’ll want to spend the short amount of time you have to do a quick clean of the house. Close doors to rooms your guests don’t need to see. Gather all the clutter into a laundry basket and stash it in one of those rooms with a closed door. And, if your house is smelling great, it really will feel welcoming for your guests, even if it is a bit messy!


Just in time for the holidays, Febreze has some festive product offerings including Air Effects, Candles and NOTICEables which are available in Fresh Cut Pine and Fresh Twist Cranberry. The best thing about Febreze is that these products truly eliminate odors and replace them with a light, fresh holiday scent.

In the spirit of one of our favorite holiday songs, Febreze is helping us tackle holiday odors with these helpful The #12Stinks of Christmas themed tips!

The #12Stinks of Christmas

12 Musty Stockings
The stockings may be hung by the chimney with care, but after a year of being buried in your basement, that musty stink is anything but joyful. Revive your holiday stockings with Febreze Fabric Refresher to eliminate lingering odors and leave behind a light, fresh holiday scent.


11 Burnt Cookies
Maybe the day of your party wasn’t the best time to try out that ambitious new cookie recipe. Use a Febreze Candle to eliminate any stinky, smoky odors from your kitchen and ask your cousin to pick up a pie from the bakery on his way over.

10 Flushes per Minute
The endless cycle of guests in your home means your downstairs toilet is getting one of the year’s biggest workouts. Plug a Febreze NOTICEable in the bathroom and let the two alternating scents continuously eliminate those not-so-festive odors.

9 Casseroles A-Cookin’
Your Aunt Barb had one too many eggnogs, and reminiscing about her sorority days has taken precedence over watching the oven timer. Light a Febreze Candle before everyone starts to notice the overwhelming stench of burnt onions, and eliminate odors to keep your home continuously smelling as fresh as it looks.

8 Frying Latkes

Nothing says happy holidays like a hot plate of latkes. But once the smell of greasy potatoes makes its way from your kitchen all the way to your family room, the aroma goes from appetizing to unpleasant. Don’t stress, Febreze Air Effects helps keep odors at bay and lets you breathe happy through the holidays.


7 Diaper Bins
Your new niece is an adorable bundle of joy, but you’d rather get a pile of coal under the tree than take another whiff of those dirty diapers. How can something so little stink SO much? Light a Febreze Candle to continuously eliminate odors (without offending her parents) so you can breathe happy all season long.

6 Boys in One Bedroom

You missed your son so much that his return home for holiday break seems like a Christmas miracle. But then…you notice the giant bag of dirty laundry he’s dragging behind him and remember why his sister was always the favorite. Use a Febreze NOTICEable to prevent your whole home from smelling like a dorm room by continuously eliminating locker room stinks.

5 Pugs in Sweaters
Fido may have better holiday attire than you do, but his penchant for festivity leaves behind a distinct parfum. Use Febreze Fabric Refresher to instantly eliminate pet odors and leave behind a light, fresh holiday scent.


4 Impromptu Guests
Your in-laws are here and they’re early…again. Spray the house with Febreze Air Effects to instantly eliminate odors, and leave your impromptu guests wondering how you manage to keep your home smelling so fresh all season long.

3 Smelly Chairs
You know your grandmother’s hand-me-down chairs smell like years of love, and the musty scent reminds you of her living room. Unfortunately your guests don’t see it that way. Plug in a Febreze NOTICEable by the antiques to eliminate odors and leave behind a light, fresh holiday scent.

2 Mounds of Mess

With ten cousins throwing their sweaty socks into one giant laundry pile, the mounds of mess can pile up quickly. Not only do the mounds take up half the guest room, but they also stink. Take the Febreze Fabric Refresher to the mound and don’t quit until you are smelling light, fresh holiday scents instead of damp clothes.


And one family that really needs Febreze!

No matter what stink plagues your home this holiday season, know that Febreze is there to eliminate odors so you can breathe happy and focus on the joy of the season!

For a little bit of holiday fun to set the mood while you do your quick clean to get ready for those holiday guests, check out this fun video from Doug E. Fresh, “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” and social media sensation @ItsDougThePug. They’re kicking it old school the second installment of Febreze’s “The #12Stinks of Christmas.” The beatbox pioneer and his four-legged #12Stinks partner-in-crime put their own spin on the holiday classic, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” with a hip-hop music video collaboration-complete with matching track suits! This video brings to life the stinks of the season and highlights how Febreze is the only solution tough enough to eliminate unwanted holiday odors while leaving behind a light, fresh holiday scent that keeps you guest-ready all season long.



tips-to-make-your-home-smell-fresh-this-holiday-season' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1.' Christina A. says:

    That’s a stinky list! 😉 I always worry if we don’t notice our two cats but other people do so I typically “load up” on the “smell good stuff” at Christmas!

  2. Great tips. I need to get some of these Febreze candles. I have a house full of kids, two dogs, and a husband. Smelling fresh is HIGH on my list of priorities.

  3. These candles are so going into my house. Between my husband and my dog, the place gets.. well, let’s just say I need these.

  4. Those are good tips! I don’t even have 6 boys in 1 bedroom – I have 1 in 1 bedroom and it’s stinky. I’m always spraying in there!

  5.' Catherine S says:

    These are all good reasons to use Febreze. I need to pick some more up before everyone comes over. I am sure it will get some use in the bathroom with all the teenage boys.

  6. Febreze has every product under the sun to keep your home smelling fresh and clean every time. I made a mistake once of getting a different brand (just because the commercial was so catchy). Ugh. Never again. I am now a loyal Febreze patron.

  7. Febrese is so helpful during the holidays. We always keep some on hand!

  8.' Our Family World says:

    I totally love this idea! I’ll have to try this. We should have smell fresh this coming Holiday.

  9. These are some great suggestions. I wish our allergies would let us use Febreeze…

  10. Thanks for the many great tips! I feel like my house smells like pets, a lot of the time.

  11. We have so many guests visiting during the holidays, I definitely need to stock up on the good smelling stuff! Nobody wants to sit in a stinky house!

  12. Who doesn’t love a clean smelling home this Christmas! I think these are awesome tips, and I could totally use them! Having boys in the house doesn’t make the job easier.

  13. These are great tips to keep a fresh smelling home during holidays. I think I need those Febreze candles for my home.

  14. Great tips! I LOVE febreze anything, and making my home smell fresh is always so important to me. Especially during the holidays!

  15.' Julie Wood says:

    I use Febreze products and love how good they make my house smell. I like the candles from Febreze too. They last a long time and smell so good.

  16.' Reesa Lewandowski says:

    I love the febreze candles! With a dog, I feel like our home always smells like him!

  17. I love the Christmas candle season. My favorite are the cookie ones. They smell amazing and like dessert is baking all season long.

  18. I love my febreze -I can’t even tell you how many of their candles I have all over my house -they just make everything smell so fresh!

  19. Ive been seeing this Febreeze commerical make its rounds I thnk its really creative. I loved how they use Doug E. Fresh to promote freshness for the holidays! Brilliant!

  20. Febreze always works great without fail. Its definitely my ‘go to’ product for freshening the air.

  21.' Christina Aliperti says:

    Febreze is great for all household odors. I love the commercial with Doug E. Fresh, I am a big fan.

  22. I need to spray some Febreeze in my girl’s room. They can get that place smelling like sweats oaks after school.

  23. These are some great tips–you always want to make sure your house smells good when you are having guests over!

  24. These are all great tips! I love having a good smelling house especially when guests arrive!

  25.' shelly peterson says:

    Febreze has really great products to help with the stink. I love the candles.

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