No one likes a smelly house, so we have compiled a small list to help start your year out with a happy nose. Before we begin, it's important to understand that you can only remove an odor if you remove the source of the odor. This means that things like air fresheners and candles mostly act to mask an odor. This can be helpful for a quick fix, but will not give you long term results. In any case, the ultimate aid for deodorizing is fresh air, so if possible, open the windows or set up a fan to ventilate the room in addition to the tips below.
Take out the trash
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Regularly take trash out, including bathroom bins and food waste.
Clean your pets
Pets often generate odors. Be sure to keep your pets healthy and happy by cleaning them, with the added benefit of smelling better.
Do your laundry
Dirty clothes can build up a smelly, mildew like odor. Do your laundry regularly to prevent this smell from building up.
Throw away expired food in the fridge
Decaying food is the quintessential smell of garbage. Make sure you regularly check the dates on the food in your fridge. Do a "sniff test" to make sure items have not spoiled. When you're done, wipe down the walls of the fridge with a non-toxic cleaning agent such as a Vinegar.
Vacuuming your carpets, curtains, and upholstery can help remove smells trapped in your home. Be thorough and don't vacuum too quickly. Give the vacuum a chance to suck out all of the unwanted debris. For extreme cases, full on carpet cleaning/shampooing might be necessary.
Wash hard surfaces
Using a deodorizing cleaner such as white vinegar, you can wipe all the hard surfaces in your house. Trouble areas include the kitchen and bathroom. A special type of sponge called a dry sponge can be used on porous surfaces.
Clean the lightbulbs if you smoke
Light bulbs can become coated with smoke residue. When the light bulb heats up it can cause the smoke odor to emit. Clean your lightbulbs carefully to eliminate this odor.
Check vents and outlets for dead animals
As crazy as it sounds, rats often die within in the walls of people's homes. This can cause an unpleasant odor. The wall will be need to be opened up to remove the dead animal and eliminate the smell.
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