What are the Best Fragrances for Home and Industrial Cleaning?

best fragrances for cleaning productsThe cleaning product industry has seen unprecedented demand for its products and services over the past few years. According to industry insiders, most of the changes that COVID-19 has wrought on the market will be with us for many years. The impact of COVID-19 has changed how and what cleaning products we buy and as a result, we are becoming much more discerning consumers when it comes to our homecare and cleaning products.

In this blog, we look at the impact on the products we buy and the best fragrances for cleaning products that are seeing growing interest right now.

Why are fragrances added to cleaning products?

There are two purposes a fragrance can serve by being included in a cleaning product.

  1. The first is where the fragrance is added to cleaning products to improve their smell. This is often due to the fact that many of the active chemical ingredients in cleaning products can have an unpleasant odour. The fragrances used in these products are often from the more powerful and potent fragrance categories such as citrus and fruit directions.
  2. The second reason they are used can be to help neutralise the smell. In this example, the fragrance chemicals work together with the chemical formulation to neutralise the odour. The base application can be so potent, either highly acidic or highly alkaline, that the fragrance is used to cover these smells.

Fragrance-Free Cleaning

Don’t be fooled, fragrance-free cleaning products are rarely 100% fragrance-free. Cleaning products marketed as ‘fragrance-free’ often use lower concentrations of fragrance with the sole intention of masking chemical ingredients. This is due to the fact that many chemicals included in cleaning products can have an unpleasant odour.

Benefits of Using Fragrances for Home and Industrial Cleaning Products

There are many different scent directions available for home and industrial cleaning. Some of the most popular options include citrus, floral, fruity, gourmand and woodsy scents. Each type of fragrance has its own unique benefits that can make a cleaning experience more enjoyable.

Citrus fragrances are known for their refreshing and invigorating properties. They can help to boost your energy levels and mood while you clean. Floral scents are perfect for creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere in your home or office. Woodsy fragrances have a warm, inviting smell that can make any space feel more welcoming.

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Advantages of Using Fragrances for Cleaning

In addition to making your cleaning experience more pleasant, using fragrances can also provide several other benefits. Fragrances can help to disguise strong odours, such as those caused by smoking or cooking. They can help boost your mood or energy level while you clean. Certain scents can even help to repel insects from your home or office.

Using fragrances during your cleaning routine can also be beneficial for your health. Some studies have shown that certain scents can help to improve focus and concentration, as well as reduce stress levels. This is especially important if you suffer from allergies or asthma, as certain scents can help to open up the airways and reduce congestion.

Considerations When Fragrancing Home and Industrial Cleaning ProductsFragrances for Cleaning Products

When choosing a fragrance for home or industrial cleaning, there are several factors to consider in order to ensure that the scent is effective and safe. The first factor to consider is the purpose of the fragrance. Different scents can be used for different purposes, such as masking odours or creating a pleasant atmosphere. It is important to choose a fragrance that is specifically designed for the purpose it will be used for.

The second factor to consider when choosing a fragrance is the type and strength of the scent. There are many different types of scents available, such as citrus, floral, musky, or earthy scents. It is important to choose a type of scent that will be pleasing to those who will be exposed to it. For example, if the fragrance will be used in a home with small children, it might be best to avoid strong or overpowering scents.

The third factor to consider when choosing a fragrance is the concentration of the scent. This refers to the amount of perfume oil that is added to the base product. The concentration of the scent will determine how strong or weak the smell is. For example, a high concentration of perfume oil will result in a stronger smell, while a low concentration will result in a weaker smell.

It is important to note, that when considering fragrance concentrations, it is important to check that the amount of fragrance you intend to use will not have any additional impacts on the end product, such as cleaning capabilities and looks of the final product.

fragrance for cleaning productsPopular Fragrance for Cleaning and Homecare Products

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  • Chamomile and Muguet
  • Ylang and Orchid
  • Fruity
  • Rhubarb
  • Cherry
  • Blueberry

The concentration of Fragrance for Home vs. Industrial Cleaning

The concentration of fragrance is also something to consider when choosing between fragrances for home and industrial cleaning. In general, the concentration of fragrance should be higher in industrial settings because there are there can be stronger and harsher chemicals used in the formulation. In contrast, the concentration of fragrance can be lower in home settings because there are typically fewer people present and the scent does not need to last as long. When choosing a concentration, it is important to keep in mind the size of the area that will be fragranced as well as how long the scent should last.

The Best Home and Industrial Cleaning Fragrance Directions

Cultural Differences

For a long while UK and US household cleaning products were a-wash with Pine fragrances. But the “Scent of Cleanliness” differs greatly as you traverse the world. In Latin America, the smell of Lavender is huge in cleaning products. This is in no small part due to the most popular cleaning product, Fabuloso. Elsewhere in the world, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam all gravitated toward citrus: lime, lemongrass, and lemon. Whereas, in Australia Eucalyptus & Tea Tree make up the healthy and minty scent of clean. As a result, if you are selling a product with international appeal, your choice of fragrance could define how your customer base perceives the effectiveness of your product.

Citrus Fragrances

Citrus fragrances are another popular choice for home and industrial cleaning products. They are often used to provide a refreshing scent and can also help to mask strong odours. Some common citrus fragrances used in cleaning products include lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. They are synonymous with cleaning due to their inherent cleaning and sanitising properties.

Floral Fragrances

Long have clothing wash products been synonymous with floral fragrances, but we are starting to see more and more cleaning and household products swerving the sharp citrus scents and instead looking for a more botanical, softer and sophisticated fragrance, that still has the same impact. Popular floral fragrances include lavender, jasmine, rose, ylang, orchid and peony.

Earthy Fragrances

Earthy fragrances are less common than floral or citrus scents but can be just as pleasant and effective at masking strong odours. Some earthy fragrances that are sometimes used in cleaning products include cedarwood, patchouli and sandalwood.

Fruity Fragrances

Juicy and bursting with freshness, fruity fragrances have grown in popularity over the past few years. We have seen popular cleaning products featuring cranberry, bubblegum, rhubarb and apple to name a few. We are expecting cherry and peach to be up-and-coming fragrances to watch out for in the coming months.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Cleaning Fragrances

Cleaning fragrances should be potent enough to mask unpleasant smells, but not so strong that they become overwhelming. But it is very important to make sure you test the fragrance in the product to ensure the final product still fulfils its purpose whilst also having an appropriate smell.


The fragrance should last long enough to be effective, but not so long that it lingers uncomfortably. A good way to gauge longevity is to spray a small amount on a piece of paper and smell it after an hour or two. If the fragrance has faded significantly, it may not be suitable for use in a large space like a home or office.

Allergen Considerations

For those with allergies or sensitivities, choosing a cleaning fragrance that does not contain any potentially irritating ingredients is equally important. Speak to one of our team to ensure the fragrance you are looking its fit for purpose and within IFRA regulations.

Test the Fragrances Before Making a Decision

Finally, it is always a good idea to test out any fragrances you are considering using before making a final decision. This needs to be tested in the desired product as this can have an impact on the finished product. If you are satisfied with the results, then you can move forward with using the product on a larger scale.

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About Carvansons

Carvansons is a world-leading creator and compounder of bulk fragrance oil used globally in the cosmetic, personal care, household and industrial manufacturing sectors. As a global fragrance manufacturer, we create high-quality fragrance oil compounds, aromas and perfumes with a worldwide presence.

We work with many different companies throughout the world, which include both big brand names and smaller, niche industries. Whether your product is highly functional or beautifully indulgent, we can find a fragrance that suits. We create fragrances that benefit and complement your product, brand and target audience. Contact us now.

*Please note: The perfumes and products mentioned within this article are purely examples of products that contain particular fragrance notes. As a result, the products mentioned in this article are for reference only. We do not receive any commission for affiliated links/advertising.