Urine…food…smoke…mildew. Your home is a breeding ground for all sorts of odors, which can live anywhere from in your carpets and upholstery to in your air ducts and drapes. Worst part is, you may not even notice these odors anymore until someone else points them out. If you have carpeting throughout your home, this can harbor allergens and odors for weeks and months, leading to lingering smells you’d rather not live with.
Your best course of action is to hire a professional carpet cleaner to not only steam clean your rugs but use a pre-treatment with deodorizer to remove those funky smells quickly and efficiently. This is the only method that will truly remove deep-set odors from every room in your home. But meanwhile, check out these other home remedies for removing odors on a more temporary basis.
- Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets to remove odors, then vacuum. You can also use baking soda on mattresses and pet beds.
- Refrain from closing your closet doors, as this will trap any moisture inside, and therefore odors. Use closet dehumidifiers to absorb moisture from the air and prevent clothes from getting damp and smelly, suggests Good Housekeeping.
- Food spills and waste will make your kitchen trash can stink in a jiffy. To freshen it up, first wash the bin inside and out with warm soapy water, then rinse clean and dry. Toss a few citrus peels at the bottom of the can before lining it with another bag. You could dust the bottom of the can with baking soda or fresh coffee grounds, which work to neutralize odors, says The Washington Post.
- For sinks and garbage disposals that smell like rotten eggs, drop in a few slices of lemon, a few tablespoons of salt and some ice cubes into your disposal. Turn it on till pulverized. The lemon deodorizes the sink, while the ice and salt both wash away scummy residue.
- For a smelly sofa, vacuum it with an upholstery brush attachment to remove all dust, hair and debris. Remove cushions and vacuum both sides. Sprinkle baking soda on the upholstered areas, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum up. Baking soda absorbs odors very well.
Tips for Odor Prevention
Of course, preventing odors from infiltrating your home in the first place is your best bet. Here are some tips:
- Properly ventilate your home.
- Run dehumidifiers throughout the home, as moisture leads to mildew and mold.
- Vacuum carpets on a regular basis and address stains immediately.
- Use a carpet cleaning and deodorizing product regularly.
- Hire a professional carpet cleaner to come in on a regular basis. Set up a schedule so you don’t have to worry about forgetting this important task.
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