A bad smell can be even more discouraging from entering the house than a cluttered entryway or dirty countertops.
Seriously, there are many things that can deteriorate the overall scent around the house, i.e. smoke, mildew, pets, outdated food – they can all cause the bad odor to come out and hit your nostrils immediately. The odor will eventually penetrate through the walls, which will make it nearly impossible to get rid of. If you want to keep the offensive stench away, you should follow these simple rules along with the room-by-room guide to dealing with unpleasant odors in your house.
Keep your windows wide open…
…At least twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. The best gift you can offer to your room is the gift of a fresh breeze. You can keep your smaller windows slightly open to maintain the airflow but you should leave the room at least twice a day to open the balcony or the large windows and “exchange” the current air. Cool air is also welcome during cold days, as its freshness removes airborne odors.
Do the vacuuming
You have to clean your floors regularly along with carpets and upholstery such as sofas, curtains, and rugs. This way, you will upkeep them fresh and neat. Room deodorizers are popular right now, and so is baking soda – you must simply sprinkle the solution onto rugs and carpets and let it sit for a while to let the detergent sink in before the vacuuming.
Wash your surfaces
Keep in mind that cleaning hard surfaces on a regular basis is of paramount importance. Such stuff as hard flooring, sinks, tables, countertops and glossy paints ought to be cleaned with soap and water or a delicate cleaner that will not harm the surface. Furthermore, a mixture of water and white vinegar is as efficient as the aforementioned means, while being environmentally friendly, inexpensive and appropriate for all surfaces.
If you want to get rid of intensive odors in your kitchen, you should consider using lemon instead of vinegar – not only does it have antibiotic properties, but it also makes the stench go away within seconds.
Should you experience any mold spores, you can use a cleaning solution with more chemicals or a bleach, which is also effective in whitening.
Clean the minor stuff, change filters and repaint the space
First of all, it’s high time you finally touched the light bulbs. Oils and dirt tend to amass on lightbulbs and the heat emerging from them make these odors more intense. Once a few days, you should clean the bulbs with a slightly wet cloth, wipe the lightbulb and finish your work with a dry paper towel.
Secondly, keep in mind that it’s good to have your filters in the heating and cooling systems changed from time to time. It will improve the air quality and make your air conditioning systems more efficient, and less prone to fungal attacks.
Finally, when you have tried everything and the odors stand still, try repainting your walls. Nothing will bring more freshness than a bucket of brand new paint. It will cover the old one and will destroy the odors the former paint was steeped in.
A room-by-room cleaning guide to get rid of bad smells
- Living areas: These are the family room, living room, and bedroom. It’s simple to keep them neat and clean with no unpleasant odor to touch our senses. All you have to do is to vacuum the space regularly and remove dust on the same basis. For people who are smokers or who host them from time to time, it’s recommended to invest in the air conditioning or a proper ventilation system, at last. Ventilation is the key to having odor-free walls and clean lungs. Open windows when needed and purchase an air cleaner to spray around the place. As far as the air is concerned, it’s wise to buy flowers not only for their visual features but also for their health benefits. Flowers let in more oxygen and help us eliminate the unpleasant smell. If flowers don’t help, you may well use aroma candles to extinguish bad odors. Also, curtains are a high-risk area, on which dust and debris may set. For rugs that are impossible to clean and maintain bad odor, it’s high time you removed them and equip your living areas with new carpeting.
- Kitchen: This is the most problematic area ever when it comes to cleaning. You have to clean your kitchen’s surfaces every time you cook a meal. Moreover, cabinet doors are also prone to have splashed sauces on them, so a wet cloth with a surface-dedicated detergent will also be of the essence. Since the whole cooking takes place in the kitchen, the are is prone to get covered in oil spots and water in the countertop and backsplash areas, which is unpleasant to clear if left unnoticed. In order to keep the cooking sector clean, you have to remember about cleaning the dishes straight after consuming the meal. Otherwise, not only will they be harmful to your dishwasher, but you will also suffer from the torment of removing the dry, stuck debris from plates, frying pans, pots and the rest of your cookware. Finally, sweep the floor from the debris on the daily basis.
- Bathroom: This is where mold and mildew like to grow because the hard temperature and moisture conditions. You must keep your bathroom well ventilated when taking a shower or using bath; it is the single most important factor to keep the bathroom free of the odor. If you’re not lucky enough to have a fan, always keep your windows open. Bathtub and shower should be regularly treated with a bleach and walls with a damp sponge. Mop the floors with a floor detergent and keep your toilets clean to prevent bacteria from growing. If you’re still using an air freshener, you should give up on that, as they tend to produce an even worse odor when combined with the overwhelming moisture. It’s a point worth considering.
- Laundry room: It goes without saying that everything you put into your laundry will produce bad smells because this is why you use the room – to get rid of them and lay a beautiful scent upon your freshly cleaned clothes. In terms of washing machines, always keep their door open because the inside of a device is exposed to mold and mildew growth. Hence, it’s best to use dehumidifiers to dispose of excess moisture. If you keep your laundry and mudrooms on the ground level, there is a high risk that the place will experience a huge traffic. Given this, all the mud will travel with your family members and leave a stamp on your floors. To prevent dirt from being tracked, keep a broom or a compact vacuum cleaner at hand. It’ possible that children will be running around the house, so your vacuuming journeys may take a little longer. With that said, the best option is to ask your guests to leave their shoes in the hallway.
All in all, a clean house is the one that smells well. With no odor at home, you will be able to relax and take on your daily working routine with a clear mind. You don’t need any sophisticated detergents – a simple mixture of water and vinegar, bleach or water with lemon will do in most cases.
Beware not to use any harsh chemicals that would harm the surfaces of your interior but, above all, be systematic, for there is nothing worse than dirt and debris left alone to thrive and cover your rooms with odors that you won’t let even your worst enemies smell.