Having offensive odors at home is unavoidable. You will be dealing with this problem from time to time. But this should not cause any trouble for you with some simple tips and tricks that can help you repel, remove or absorb bad odors lingering in your home.
1. General Odors
After detecting a pungent smell around your home, the first thing you should do is identify the type of smell and know where it is coming from. Once identified, clean the area with soap and water and open your windows and fans to repel the odor. Put a bowl of baking soda in the area to help absorb the odor.
2. Pet Odors
If you have pets at home, you probably already know how their poop or urine can smell like. To repel pet odors, find the culprit immediately then wipe the area clean with paper towels. Then spray a natural cleaning solution composed of equal parts of vinegar and water then wipe the surface dry. Then sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda to totally remove the odor. Vacuum afterwards.
3. Smoke Odors
Cigarette smoke or other types of smoke trapped inside your home can leave offensive odors that can be hard to remove. And the odor usually clings to fabrics and even hard surfaces. Fortunately, there are homemade solutions that you can use to get rid of smoke odors.
If the smoke still lingers in your home, put several bowls with vinegar in your home to repel the smell.
To remove smoke odor on fabrics, wash them as you normally do but add a cup or two of white vinegar aside from your laundry detergent. Vinegar is an effective deodorizer.
To remove smoke on hard surfaces such as walls or furniture, prepare a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. Wipe the surfaces with the solution using a sponge then rinse.
4. Carpet and Rugs Odors
You don’t really have to wash your carpets or rugs to remove bad odors. Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the surface then leave overnight and vacuum in the morning. This should absorb all the unwanted smell in your carpet or rug.
5. Toilet/Bathroom Odors
Bad odor in the toilet or bathroom is usually caused by poor cleaning. Thoroughly clean the area first then keep a bowl of baking soda to absorb the smell.
6. Refrigerator Odors
Common causes of refrigerator odors are spoiled food or food products that expired. So that other food items in will not be contaminated with the smell, remove everything in your refrigerator then clean it thoroughly. Throw away those that cause the offensive odor. Before reloading everything, leave a bowl or box of baking soda inside to absorb the smell. You can keep the baking soda inside if you want to keep your refrigerator smelling good.
7. Sink Odors
Odor in the sink usually comes from the drain. Mix equal parts of hot water and vinegar and let it run down the drain. Leave it for at least five minutes before running the faucet in your sink. This should help sanitize as well as remove the offensive odor in the sink.
All of the tips in removing odors in your home mentioned above use homemade solutions to repel or absorb odors. By following these simple tips, you can now enjoy having a home free of offensive odors and smell.