In order to get a home to smell clean and fresh, it helps to know what causes odors in the first place. That way, you can help control the source. Any time you cook something, it generates a smell that lingers. Many other factors contribute to bad smells, including spoiled foods, garbage cans, dirty laundry and bathroom use. Odors also come from pets, even when they’re clean.
Bad ventilation inside the home exacerbates these existing problems. Unless you have a proper exhaust hood or open the windows frequently, the odor can’t escape. Fresh air is nature’s way of clearing away unpleasant aromas. That’s why it’s important to have proper ventilation inside your home.
Secondly, the more you clean, the better it smells. Clean up spills as soon as possible, so they don’t start to create odors. You should also take out the garbage every night, even when it’s not full. Even if the trashcans are kept behind doors, they will still create unpleasant scents. Once you open the door to take the trash out, the smell will escape into the living space.
When you use air fresheners, do so sparingly and correctly. Air freshener won’t work unless the house is cleaned. Otherwise, the scent of it will just mix with the odor and create unpleasant combinations. Additionally, air fresheners usually have chemical fragrances that can irritate those who have sensitivities or breathing-related health conditions.
When you purchase air fresheners, try to choose products that contain natural substances. Look for those that include essential oils or activated bamboo charcoal. You can also use baking soda in different ways to absorb odors.
You can sprinkle it on the carpet before vacuuming. For added scent, mix it with a few drops of essential oils first. To keep the garbage fresher, place a tablespoon of baking soda inside a fresh garbage bag. If you have smelly clothes, wash them with baking soda.
Many people also keep a box of it in the refrigerator, but you have to remember to change it at least every three months. Change it sooner if you notice odors coming from the refrigerator. To help the air stay fresher in the refrigerator, cover all stored foods properly. This is important because you will release smells into the kitchen and home every time the door opens. Slices of bread in the refrigerator also help absorb odors.
When you are preparing foods that release odors, fill up a small pan with equal parts of vinegar and water. Boil this mixture while you’re cooking to neutralize the food smells. Baking bread or boiling a piece of fruit will fill your home with a pleasant aroma. This works with apples, lemons, oranges and tangerines.
When it comes to pets, it’s important to wash dogs regularly. If you have cats, clean the litter box daily. In the case of pets that live in habitats or cages, cleaning their living spaces regularly helps keep odors down as well. Lastly, don’t smoke inside your home because cigarette and cigar smoke are almost impossible to get rid of. If you smoke, do so outside and ask visitors to do the same.
Even if you don’t smell anything out of the ordinary in your home, chances are that it does have some unpleasant odors. That’s because we become used to smells and don’t notice them when exposed to them daily.