4 Ways to Make Your RV Smell Great

4 Ways to Make Your RV Smell Great

By Jennifer Jennings from @dashboarddrifters

Living in a RV does not mean you have to put up with a stinky RV. I use these 4 methods almost daily to ensure that our home on wheels smells fresh. Sometimes opening the windows just doesn’t cut it! Plus, we have 2 older dogs so it can seem like the odors pile up.

Here are 4 ways to make your RV smell great!

1.) Candles

I looove a lit candle. Not only for the smell but also the flickering light makes my RV home feel ultra cozy.

When buying candles, I always make sure to choose beeswax or soy based candles. Other types of wax can be toxic (such as paraffin)! I also try to avoid candles with a “cored wick”. That is a wick that has cotton around a metal support. Again, toxic. So, choose candles with a cotton wick.

My favorite time to light up a candle is before dinner. Having a lit candle on the dining table creates a nice ambience and I think it clears out any lingering cooking smells.

2.) Incense

Burning incense is definitely one of my favorite ways to make the RV smell great. I also find the incense smell to be extremely meditative and sets a relaxing tone before bed time. Burning a stick of incense before we go to bed has become an almost daily occurrence.

The scent released from incense also tends to last a little longer in my opinion. I will catch a whiff of the scent long after the incense has extinguished itself. Plus, the scent sticks to the dogs and makes them smell great!

My favorite incense smell is White Sage from Satya Nag Champa. I always use the stick incense but there are many different types such as cones or coils. There are also so many different scents, so you are sure to find something you enjoy.

3.) Essential Oil Diffuser

Diffusing my favorite essential oils is a sure way to make the RV smell good. I have an ultrasonic diffuser - basically I put water and the oil in the diffuser and it creates a light water vapour.

I like to put my diffuser on the intermittent setting so that it only comes on periodically. That way I make the best use of my essential oils. This method also ensures I don’t become “nose-blind” to the scent. I want to make sure that we are enjoying the oil being diffused.

My favorite oils to diffuse are lavender and eucalyptus. Lavender is extremely calming and freshens the air in the RV. I like to diffuse eucalyptus in the bathroom to create a spa-like experience.

4.) Homemade Air Freshener

Last up to make my RV smell good is my handy, homemade air freshener. This recipe only has 3 (!!) ingredients so it is super easy to make.

All you need to make this homemade air freshener is water, isopropyl alcohol, and your favorite essential oils. Mix the water and alcohol in a 3:2 ratio. Then add 10-15 drops of your favorite oil. Store in a spray bottle and shake before spraying liberally.

This mixture can also be used as a fabric freshener. I mist the couch and blankets frequently to cut any lingering odors.

I use this air freshener all day to keep things fresh.

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