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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.