Oh man I so agree. I have always had a sensitive sniffer. As a child going to church and being assaulted by all the strong perfumes.Simmer pots are super clever. I think you can also put out dried orange peel & cinnamon. Just make sure it’s where birds can’t get to it. If you just want to get rid of smells, I’ve heard dishes of baking soda in unobtrusive places can help?
If you’ve got carpet or similar you can lightly sprinkle baking soda over it and let it sit before vaccuming it up - fabrics will absorb odors over time and baking soda can get the smells out. Washing all the linens (including curtains) is another good way to get rid of any weird smells. We have kids and dogs so we use sofa covers and when I start to notice that the smell of dog is pervasive, I wash those too, haha.
I don’t use air fresheners personally anymore - I’ve gone without them for so long that frankly when I step into a store or something that has them I get nauseous. Craft stores during holiday season are hellish, lol!
I have used lavender sachets in drawers to avoid any musty smell. But the sachet is shut in the drawer, so the flower scent is sort of contained.Thank you so much everyone! I would like to try the simmer method. I have read orange peels and cinnamon are okay. Any herbs or the like that should be avoided? Would lavender specifically be safe too? Thanks again!