6 ways to get rid of bad odors in your home

I can handle a little clutter in my home from time to time, but as hard as I try to keep my home tidy, I know I’m not perfect. What I can’t handle, however, is a bad odor – and I certainly don’t want guests walking into my home if there is a rotten smell lurking. These six tips can help you conquer foul odors if they are becoming a problem in your home.

  • Open the windows: Fresh air is often the best way to eliminate bad smells. Even in the middle of winter, you can open your windows for just a few minutes to get rid of odors naturally.
    Photo credit: A Simpler Thyme

    Photo credit: A Simpler Thyme

     

  • Clean: Vacuuming, washing the counters and sweeping the floors can help to prevent bad odors. Even cleaning your light bulbs can help, as warm dirty bulbs tend to give off a dusty, burning smell.
  • Decorate with candles and fresh flowers: While masking bad odors won’t completely eliminate them, it will help.

    Photo credit: Peaches & Mint

    Photo credit: Peaches & Mint

  • Find the source and remove it: Detecting why your home smells will help you determine the best way to eliminate the odor. If it’s the trash, take it out even if it’s not completely full. If you have rotten food, toss it.
  • Turn on a fan: Fans circulate air in a room and prevent the air from becoming stale. In the bathroom and kitchen, turn on your exhaust fans when cooking or showering.Breckenfield RmShot
  • Take advantage of bleach, vinegar and citrus: These items are great for getting rid of smells. If your washing machine is starting to smell moldy, run a cycle with only bleach and warm water. You can use vinegar to eliminate odors in the dishwasher or kitchen. And if your garbage disposal is the problem, cut up a lemon and run the pieces through the disposal.

No matter how bad the smell gets, there are ways to eliminate the odor. Instead of plugging your nose, try these six solutions and enjoy a fresh smell every time you walk through your front door.

By Wendy Weinert

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Is your patio or porch roof not doing enough to keep you cool during hot summer days? Are you tired of being pestered by numerous summer insects? If so, it may be time to start considering an outdoor ceiling fan for your space.

You already know that indoor ceiling fans are beneficial because they reduce energy bills and keep your various rooms nice and cool. But did you know that outdoor ceiling fans provide many of the same advantages as your indoor fans, and more? Along with creating a nice breeze for you and your family to enjoy, outdoor ceiling fans can also help control your annoying pest problem. The downward draft that outdoor fans create makes it very difficult for insects like mosquitoes to fly, helping you enjoy your patio bug-free! Don’t you think most people would enjoy an outdoor patio without pests?

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

If you look at outdoor and indoor ceiling fans right next to each other, you might consider them one and the same. If you install an indoor ceiling fan outdoors, however, you will regret that decision soon enough, as they are not designed to handle outdoor elements such as the sun, wind, humidity and cold. An indoor fan would rust very quickly and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy its benefits for very long.

Keep the bugs away with an outdoor ceiling fan

Now that outdoor ceiling fans are becoming a popular addition to many people’s outdoor spaces, you have the option to choose from numerous styles and materials. As we continue to enjoy warmer weather and sunshine, consider installing an outdoor ceiling fan in your patio or porch to keep your area cool and bug-free.

By Wendy Weinert