Friday, September 21, 2012

A Scent-a-Day with EdieAnne: Clean Breeze

A Scent-a-Day with EdieAnne: Clean Breeze

White florals with a touch of spring; this is the scent of fresh, clean laundry.

People are unconsciously fairer and more generous when they are in clean-smelling environments.  It goes to show that morality and cleanliness go hand in hand.   It has been found that the scent of windex or a clean smell promotes fairness and charitable actions.  The effect of calmness and accomplishment always follow when your house is cleaned whether by you or someone else. 
I found these experiments online and found them to be extremely interesting. 

The first experiment evaluated fairness.
As a test of whether clean scents would enhance reciprocity, participants played a classic "trust game." Subjects received $12 of real money (allegedly sent by an anonymous partner in another room). They had to decide how much of it to either keep or return to their partners who had trusted them to divide it fairly. Subjects in clean-scented rooms were less likely to exploit the trust of their partners, returning a significantly higher share of the money.
  • The average amount of cash given back by the people in the "normal" room was $2.81. But the people in the clean-scented room gave back an average of $5.33.
The second experiment evaluated whether clean scents would encourage charitable behavior.
Subjects indicated their interest in volunteering with a campus organization for a Habitat for Humanity service project and their interest in donating funds to the cause.
  • Participants surveyed in a Windex-ed room were significantly more interested in volunteering (4.21 on a 7-point scale) than those in a normal room (3.29).
  • 22 percent of Windex-ed room participants said they'd like to donate money, compared to only 6 percent of those in a normal room.
Experiment info I found online at

Scent is perhaps the most powerful of all our senses and essential oils were designed by nature to work in harmony with it. Our instinctive need to feed our sense of smell is the reason we surround ourselves with candles, potpourri, perfumed shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and more. Simply put - it feels good to smell nice things, so therefore we subconsciously seek out the pleasure of scent. And what better way to do it than to apply the basic principles of aromatherapy to our most mundane of tasks - like cleaning. We typically choose one scent for all our homes for several weeks, then switch to another scent.