Nothing is more unpleasant in a home than odors. These odours, like unwanted guests, make the house unfit to live in. If you find yourself spending more time outside than inside on occasion, it’s possible that you have “unwanted odors” in your home and don’t know how to deal with them.
There are both temporary and permanent solutions for treating household odors. When many people notice an unpleasant odor in their home, they purchase air fresheners and spray them, place them in various corners of the house, or use scented candles. Scented candles and air fresheners are only temporary solutions because they do not address the underlying cause of the problem and instead mask the odor in the home.
If you’re tired of spending a portion of your monthly income on air fresheners and scented candles, this article is for you. This article will show you how to get rid of odors permanently. Continue reading to learn more.
10 ways to get rid of unwanted odors
1. Make sure your cleaning supplies are clean
Here is the thing: you can’t use a smelly cleaning tool or equipment to get rid of a bad smell. It doesn’t add up and it never will. So before you start doing anything, ensure that the supplies you use to free your home from odours are free from odours themselves.
For instance, if the sponge you used since January is still sitting in your sink, then it’s probably high time you discarded and replaced it. Depending on your usage, sponges are supposed to be replaced at least once a month to ensure that you are not cleaning your plates with unwanted bacteria. If you don’t buy the idea of changing it monthly and you’d like it to last longer, then you can run them through the sanitize section of your dishwasher to temporarily prevent bacteria growth.
Additionally, your trash can or bag can contribute to the odor in your home. So, regularly replacing the bag or emptying your trash bin is a great way to prevent or reduce bad odour in the home. After emptying the bin, don’t just take it back into the home, rinse it with soap and water in order to remove some of the dirt that must have accumulated over time.
2. Make use of an odour eliminator
Odor eliminators are things that can reduce the odor in your home and some of the most common examples of odour eliminators are coffee grounds, tea, oats, vinegar, and baking soda. If there’s a room in your home that needs freshening, leaving a bowl of any of the aforementioned odour absorbers can help in clearing out the unpleasant smell from the air.
Among odour eliminators, baking soda is one of the most useful tools when it comes to removing or eliminating odours from your home. Unlike scented candles and air fresheners, baking sodas do not mask the odours rather it neutralizes them. It’s known to be one of the best carpet deodorizers. If your carpet smells bad, then sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and it’ll smell fresher in no time.
3. Maintain your pet’s hygiene
Everyone loves their pet but no one loves a smelly pet. That’s why it’s important as a pet owner that you maintain your pet’s hygiene and make them smell fresh always. The minimum number of times you should wash or bathe your pet is once a month, however, if you have got more time on your hands then scheduling a bath every week or two weeks is ideal. In addition to bathing your pet, regular brushing and nail clipping are also essential.
Your pet’s litter box could also be the source of the unpleasant odor in your home. Hence, ensure that you scoop it out at least once every day and you should thoroughly clean the litter box at least once every month. When cleaning the litter box, soap and water perform better as harsher chemicals could stop your pet from using the litter box.
4. Do your laundry
Sometimes our dirty clothes could be the source of the unpleasant smell in our homes. Asides from contributing negatively to the smell of the house, a hamper of dirty or sweaty clothes could also pose or act as a breeding ground for bacteria. In order to reduce the odour in your home, always do your laundry regularly (weekly).
The reason why the bad smell in your home doesn’t seem to budge or feel stagnant is that your home isn’t well ventilated and as such the odours intensify. In order to eliminate bad smells from your home, make a habit of opening your windows and using fans so that the bad smell will naturally dissipate. Pay special attention to the ventilation in the bathroom and kitchen where bad odours have the tendency of accumulating easily.
6. Clean the floors and surfaces in your home
You can start by dusting the surfaces in your home from top to bottom. For harder cabinets such as your cabinets and shelves, using a damp duster or cloth to remove the dirt works better. Next, vacuum your home thoroughly.
For hardwood floorings, sweeping and mopping them regularly is enough to keep them odour-free. If you notice any area with a strong smell, mopping the area with one part water and one part vinegar should do the trick.
7. Clean your kitchen
Most of the time, the bad smell in your house originates from your kitchen. Even though the kitchen is the place where the magic (delicious meals) is made, it could also be the source of unpleasant smells. For example, spoiled food, cooking smoke, garbage disposal, and iffy-smelling dishwasher could all contribute to causing kitchen odours.
How can I make my kitchen odour free? I’m glad you asked. The first thing is to always pay attention to the fridge. That’s because, sometimes, some food could get spoilt without you knowing, that’s why you should always keep tabs on expiration dates and also throw out the food accordingly. However, if nothing is causing your fridge to smell but it smells badly anyway, keep an open container of baking soda in the fridge and let it perform its magic.
Additionally, keeping the exhaust fan on while cooking is a great way to make your kitchen odour-free while keeping it well-ventilated. Grease from your cooking could stain the counters, stovetop, floors, etc., hence, wiping the affected areas with a natural cleaning solution will not only reduce the grease but will also reduce the resulting odours.
Finally, there are garbage disposal odours and they occur as a result of food scraps that didn’t grind properly and are starting to build up bacteria or even rot. If it’s happening to you, don’t worry it’s pretty common. Just cut a few orange or lemon slices and put them through the disposal. This is more effective with a cup of full vinegar and baking soda as well. Baking soda is also a great trash can deodorizer. So if your trash can is emitting an unpleasant smell, just sprinkle some on the can or the liner. Alternatively, you can wash the trash can with vinegar and water.
8. Keep your bathroom clean
The bathroom, it’s the place we go to ease ourselves (take a dump) and also wash but it could also be the source of the unpleasant smell in your home. When it comes to cleaning your bathroom, some hot spots to focus on are your toilets, showers, and sinks. Also, where there’s water residue, there’s a change of mold growing there so always keep the floors dry and free of stagnant water.
Keep the toilet clean always; you can do this by routinely cleaning it at least once a week with a toilet bowl cleaner. If a bad odour emanates from your toilet, pour half a cup of vinegar or bleach into the toilet before flushing it. For the sinks and showers, you can keep them clean by cleaning them with a paste made from vinegar, lemon juice, and baking powder.
Once every month, pour a mixture of half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar into all drains to reduce clogging and neutralize bad odours.
9. Change your air filter
Your air filters can trap all types of particles such as mold spores, dust, and dander, which can contribute to or cause your home to smell bad. Hence, changing or replacing your air filter regularly helps in ensuring that your home smells nice around the clock. Don’t know how regularly you should change them? Consider changing them once every three months.
10. Rid your basement of bad smells
Your basement is also part of your home and if it smells bad, it’s safe to assume that your home smells bad even when it doesn’t affect other parts of your home. Most of the time, the bad smell happens after a hard rainfall which can cause mold and mildew to grow. To fix that, after a hard rain, slice an onion into two and let it sit in the cellar overnight to absorb all the mold and mildew odours. By morning, your basement will be odour-free.