Natural Ways to Conquer Bad Smells

Natural Ways to Conquer Bad SmellsThe first step in eliminating a bad smell is finding the source. Is it an old dish of leftovers in the fridge that’s gone moldy? Smelly gym clothes that never found their way to the wash? The garbage disposal? The trash can? Mildew in the carpet? The easiest way to do find the source of a smell is to follow your nose. You may find a wet and stinking sponge under the new dishes piled in the sink or that your pet left more than fur behind on your bedroom comforter. No matter what the smell, you can correct the problem if you find the source. And if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals and cleaners to get rid of the odor, you can try conquering your bad smell naturally.

A Fragrance Free Fix

Baking soda is an extremely effective odor eliminator. Place an open box in the refrigerator to get rid of a lingering odor. Turn on the tap and pour a bit in the sink to deodorize your drain and garbage disposal. Sprinkle it on stinky carpets or upholstery and wait about 15 minutes before vacuuming it up. You can also use it on shower curtains and in trashcans – even a tiny bit in smelly shoes will go a long way.

When Your Kitchen Appliances are the Culprit

Standing water and decaying food lead to mold and bacteria growth, which means your dishwasher can get smelly quickly. Small dairy spills in the fridge can mean you get hit in the face with the stench every time you open it. A scrub of baking soda acts as an abrasive to remove stuck-on crud and will help deodorize everything. A wash of vinegar can be used in place of bleach.

Candles for Lingering Odors

Even if you’ve cleaned the source, there may be a bit of odor lingering in the air. Candles are a great and natural way to eliminate these leftovers. Beeswax and soy candles are particularly effective because they release negatively charged ions that cling to positively charged ions, which removes unwanted odors and contaminants.

Open the Windows

While this may not always be an option depending on the weather, it’s a quick and cost-free way to eliminate bad smells. If you haven’t found the source, opening the windows can get rid of most of the smell so you can identify where it still lingers.

Remove the Source, Then Buy Plants

Chinese evergreen, English ivy, bamboo palm, Boston fern and peace lilies are all plants you can place around your home to keep the air clean naturally without introducing any fragrances.

Clean Often

This is pretty self explanatory, but you should have a cleaning schedule that you follow either daily or weekly. Some chores can be done monthly, but it’s important that you do them. This way you’ll find situations that have the potential to stink up the whole house before they actually do so.

If you don’t have the time or energy to clean this often, consider investing in a maid service. A professional company can keep your home looking and smelling great while you devote your time to more enjoyable pursuits. If you’re in the New York area, contact 1st Class Cleaning and ask us about our recurring cleaning services.

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