Tips for a Fresh-Smelling Workplace and How to Keep it That Way

A hand dropping essential oil into a diffuser.

Forego Air Fresheners

Many people reach for air freshener spray when they want to improve the smell of their workplace, but this often has the opposite of the desired effect. Don’t bother with chemical-laden air fresheners. Most of the time they just mask bad smells briefly or, even worse, they blend with the original odour and create a whole new funk, and they lower indoor air quality.


Opt for Essential Oils

If you want to add a pleasant scent to your workplace without compromising air quality, opt for pure essential oils. Use a diffuser and add just a few drops of essential oil–a little goes a long way! Our favourite energizing scents for the workplace are sweet orange, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Use just one or experiment with mixing a few to create your own signature blend.


Crack a Window

Or door! Getting fresh air into your space works wonders for getting stale, musty odours out and bringing a fresh scent in. If you have openable windows, keep them open on warm days (just make sure you close and lock them before you go home for the day). If you don’t have windows that open, prop your door open occasionally to let the air in.


Create a Cross Draft

Having a cross draft is especially effective for getting rid of odours lingering in your workplace. If possible, open windows or doors on either end of a room to get air coming in from opposite directions. If you can’t do this, set up two fans on opposite ends of the room, blowing towards the centre of the room. 


Clean Regularly

The best thing that you can do to keep your place of work smelling fresh is to clean regularly in order to prevent odours and dust. Always use green, non-toxic cleaning products to ensure that your cleaners aren’t lowering the air quality or creating nasty fumes. Anago of Vancouver only uses safe, chemical-free cleaning products and will work with you to come up with a cleaning schedule and plan that is tailored to your individual commercial space.

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