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5 of the best clean-smelling candles for making your home feel fresh every day

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You know that fresh smell your home has after giving it a deep clean? You can replicate that every day with a candle (without putting in the hard work, of course).

That said, “clean” doesn’t actually have a smell. In its most basic terms, clean is the absence of dirt, stains, marks or messes. So, maybe you associate bleach, pine or lemon-based products as having a clean scent — but it’s not good to smell those chemicals all day. Instead, clean as a scent can mean notes of fresh laundry, lemon and citrus fruits, fresh-cut flowers or herbs.

Take a look below at these five clean-smelling candles to burn when you wake up, in the afternoon for a pick-me-up or before bed to de-stress. (Psst! They all feature soy or natural-based wax and cotton wicks.)

1. Apotheke Canvas Candle, $42

Credit: Apotheke
Credit: Apotheke

$42 at Apotheke

This fresh-smelling soy candle features notes of crisp linen, white musk, lily of the valley and dew drops. It’s no wonder it’s one of the Brooklyn brand’s best sellers.

2. Mrs. Meyer’s Soy Lemon Verbena Candle, $10.99

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Credit: Grove Collaborative

$10.99 at Grove Collaborative

You may know Mrs. Meyer’s for its cleaning products, but its candles smell as fresh as if you just scrubbed down the entire house. This Lemon Verbena scent is especially great for freshening up your kitchen after cooking a meal.

3. MALIN+GOETZ Tomato Candle, $58



Don’t let the name of this candle turn you off — there’s no marinara smell here. Instead, the Tomato candle smells like a fresh garden and features notes of basil, lavender, mint, cedar wood, green pepper and finally, tomato.

4. Brooklinen Wake Scented Candle, $35

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Credit: Brooklinen

$35 at Brooklinen

Whether you prefer to burn this candle first thing in the morning, as the name suggests, or late into the afternoon, the revitalizing smell will make your home smell fresh. It’s described as featuring the “essence of the morning ocean tide.”

5. Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Scented Home Candle, $38

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$38 at Jo Malone

This scented candle features the fresh notes of lime, basil, amberwood and mandarin oranges. Light it in your home when you want it to smell clean yet luxurious.

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