Even in the cleanest houses, bad smells will appear sooner or later—for example, after cooking smelly seafood. Besides, certain items are prone to absorb or cause odors; thus, the probability of having weird or unpleasant smells increases as time passes.
Of course, no one likes their house to smell bad. Set the ambiance you want with these natural fixes to foul smells in your home.
How to deodorize your home with natural products
DIY alternatives to remove odors can be very convenient. Instead of a trip to the store to find some commercial freshener you like, you can immediately start taking care of the foul smells with everyday household items.
Also, commercial air fresheners only mask odors rather than eliminate them, leaving a weird and disgusting mix of perfume and stench in the ambient. So before plugging that freshener into the wall or spraying the air with chemicals, check these natural options.
Here are the natural fixes to common unpleasant home smells.
A stale smell in your rooms
When your house or a room inside it doesn’t have adequate air circulation, it creates a characteristic smell, which, although not repugnant, can be unpleasant.
Follow these steps to create a soothing ambiance inside a room with a stale smell:
- Fill a small container with vinegar or coffee grounds. Choose depending on the mood you want to set. The vinegar will leave a neutral smell, while coffee will imbue the air.
- You can put a lid on the container, but ensure air can still flow into the container.
- Place the container in a corner.
Musty odors in your drawers
Furniture (specifically old furniture) tends to release a musty odor as time passes. The smell then permeates your clothes, and sometimes it sticks even after washing them.
To avoid this, empty your appliances, put a bowl of white vinegar, and let it there until the smell is gone. Repeat if necessary since your clothes may retain the odor for some time. Once gone, you can damp a cotton ball with your favorite essential oil to aromatize.
Extra tip: Put some silica gel packs in your drawers to absorb moisture, as humidity is always the culprit for musty odor.
Foul smell in the garbage disposal
Simple as this: throw a cut lemon, two tablespoons of salt, and a few ice cubes into your garbage disposal and turn the device on until it pulverizes the ice and lemon. The salt and ice will clean away the residues, and the lemon will deodorize the disposal.
Foul odors in the trash can
Stink and garbage are inseparable, but there are times when the stench worsens. To deodorize your trash can, take out the trash and scrub it. Once done, spread a layer of baking soda on its bottom to absorb bad smells.
Note: If you have a metal trash can, use kitty litter instead, as baking soda will corrode it.
Rotten odor in dishwasher
Food accumulation in your dishwasher makes pungent smells appear, and your dishwasher won’t be clean enough to do the job.
Pour two cups of white vinegar directly into the machine and let it run on a hot cycle. At twenty minutes, pause it, so the vinegar breaks down the grime. Then, restart the device and let it finish.
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Going around your house looking for sources of bad odors can be tiresome. Why not call the professional? CHRIStal Clean serves Waukesha County with top-quality cleaning, prioritizing your satisfaction and comfort.