Does the odour in your home make you plug your nose? Don’t you hate it when you step in a room the first thing that gets to you is an awful stench? And no matter if you even clean your home from top to bottom every day, sometimes certain odours are just unavoidable. But don’t let that upset you. Here are a few smart odour busting tricks to help you get rid of odours and make every spot in your home smell better.
1. Smelly Trash Can
A trash can is often at times the leading cause of foul smell emitting from a home. Normally, it’s only the trash can that is cleaned and the area surrounding it is neglected. To get rid of odours at home, it is important that a trash can is regularly cleaned.
- Clear out rotting waste as soon as it starts smelling bad e.g. kitchen waste. This will prevent the smell from spreading to the cooking area.
- Wash and scrub the trash bin thoroughly after clearing out the waste.
- Liberally spray it with a disinfectant to get rid of hidden contaminants.
- Air-dry the bin in the sun before use.
- Make sure you clean the areas surrounding the bin.
- Do not forget to clean out trash bins in bathrooms too as they are carriers of bacteria.
- If smelly odours continue to persist even after cleaning the bins, try sprinkling baking soda at the bottom of the bin or even into it. Baking soda is known to be very effective in fighting lingering trash can odours.
These tips should certainly help to get rid of odours from a smelly trash can.
2. Carpets and Rugs
Sometimes you may find your carpets and rugs smelling strange. This could be because of the residue and dirt build-up. Pets too are a reason for your bad smelling carpets. It’s best to have your carpets cleaned regularly. Dust rugs on a daily basis to get rid of dust particles that build up over time. A handy tip to get rid of odours from your carpets and rugs would be to sprinkle some baking soda over them. Let it seep through the fibres and vacuum after a while. Make sure you do not allow pets anywhere near treated carpets as it could affect them.
Another common source of funky house fumes could be the air in your home. To avoid the same air from circulating continually, open up windows to let in fresh air. Use scented oils dabbed in cotton balls to let fresh air infuse around. You could also use lightly scented candles to keep your home smelling fresh.
4. Toilets and Bathrooms
Having smelling toilets and bathrooms can be quite embarrassing when you have guests visiting you.
- For a temporary and quick fix to unavoidable odours in bathrooms, strike a match. This trick is known to mask all bad odours, at least for some time and sometimes works better than an air freshener. A plus side to it is that it’s economical. So keep a box of matches and an ashtray in your bathrooms to avoid the stench.
- Apart from that keep the bathroom and toilet area well ventilated to let fresh air in. Circulation is vital for a fresh smelling bathroom.
- To combat mould and mildew in bathrooms and toilets, try using desiccants. Desiccants are drying agents designed to absorb water. Desiccants come in two forms, synthetic and natural. For synthetic, you could use the powder form. Natural desiccants are plants like ferns and lily plants.
- Keep towels clean and dry. Avoid hanging towels behind bathroom doors as it will slow the drying process.
5. Microwave ovens
Microwaves have a tendency to absorb smells of foods that are cooked in them. Over a period of time, these smells could turn undesirable and require cleaning. The smell of burnt food too in a microwave lingers on forever. To avoid this, have microwaves cleaned regularly. Pieces of food items should be removed. To get rid of burnt odour, the interiors of the microwave can be wiped with a solution of vinegar and water. Grease cleaning fluids can also be used.
These tips should help you get rid of odours from your home. At Biosite Cleanup, we offer expert odour removal services. Our areas of operation are Goulburn, Canberra, Batemans Bay and surrounding areas of NSW. To deodorise your home, call us on 0409037634.