If you’ve ever had unpleasant odors in your home that you can’t shake, you know how frustrating it can be. You try to track down the bad smell so you can eliminate it but always have trouble. Whether that’s difficulty in finding the source of your smelly problem or removing the scent in a way that makes your home feel clean again, unpleasant odors are never fun if you’re looking for ways to track smells down and eliminate them for good. Read on to find out our cleaning tips for getting rid of any unpleasant odors in your home!
Finding the Culprit
Before anything else happens, you’ve got to hone in on what’s producing the smell. No amount of air freshener products are going to alleviate the problem if the source is untouched. Remember that all options are on the table here: like mold, animal carcasses in your chimney or walls, or just something rotting in your trash that you need to discard. Follow your nose, find the source, and make sure that you stop the problem before it gets any worse.
For as long as refrigerators have been around, it seems to be the case that the solution is to leave an open box of baking soda inside it whenever it begins to smell bad. Old smelly foods can linger, and baking soda is a great way to combat that, but you want to make sure you’re swapping your baking soda out at least annually. Your dishwasher, on the other hand, needs to be cleaned of any food debris. You can then use some white vinegar to run a cycle with (without any dishes, of course) to get rid of lasting smells. Lastly, a garbage disposal may begin to smell like all your leftovers. Try cutting a lemon into pieces and then running it through the disposal for a fresh smell.
Covering Up Food Smells
Appliances and their confined spaces can undoubtedly help keep food odors trapped, but those smells can build up in the rest of your kitchen, too. If you tend to cook heartier meals, like curries, sauces, or fried foods, this is especially the case. Warm water and mild soap solution can go a long way in cleaning cabinets, but do you want to rid your home of the unpleasant odors of an especially smelly meal? Try boiling a cup of vinegar on your stove.
Cleaning Rugs or Carpets
Between kids and pets, carpets can end up harboring lots of unwanted smells. You can remove pet urine by mixing one-part vinegar with three parts of water, which can then be rubbed into your carpet or rug and let dry. This works for plenty of other stains and smells as well.
There are a lot of helpful and accessible products meant to help freshen up your air and remove unpleasant odors, any of which are worth a shot if you’re desperate. The tried and true method of lighting a candle often does the trick too! One last idea: try using activated charcoal, which helps absorb smells and keep your home feeling cleaner than ever.
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