How To Remove Odors From Your Home
Many types of undesirable odors can make your home unpleasant for your family and embarrass you when you have guests. Usually, the odors are day-to-day minor problems like food smells and litter box odor. Pet stain odors or spilled perfume may require professional treatment to remove completely. Some of the most common problematic smells are lurking in your kitchen and bathroom and range from sour to just plain nasty. The sources of these odors are usually garbage cans, appliances and garbage disposals.
Here are some tips on how you can remove uncomfortable odors from problem areas in your house:
Buying pricey deodorant trash bags won’t get rid of foul trash can and diaper pail odors if you never clean your garbage cans. Plastic easily absorbs odors. Follow these tips to get your garbage cans clean and fresh.
Take your trash cans outside so that you can use your garden hose to spray all that nasty stuff out of the corners of your garbage cans. Work in your driveway to avoid harming grass or plants. Wear heavy rubber gloves that come up past your elbows. Use a long-handled shower cleaning brush. Use your hose and your brush to get rid of the built-up grime. Then use a mixture of about 50% white vinegar and hot (not boiling) water. Don’t use all your cleaning solution at once. Fill the garbage can about one-quarter full, and keep scrubbing and rinsing until the can is clean. Use a plastic sponge to clean around the top of the can and to clean the lid.
Give the cans a final thorough rinse and then let them sit upright in the sun for the rest of the day. Repeat this procedure every couple of months. When you take out your trash, take your garbage can out, turn it upside down on the ground and knock on the bottom to get rid of the stuff that builds up and makes initial cleaning difficult. A layer of baking soda into the bottom of your garbage pans and diaper pails absorbs odors and helps keep that gunky mess from building up again.
This is the simplest dishwasher cleaning method. Just place a cup of white vinegar in a container that won’t absorb the vinegar smell and is safe for the dishwasher, and run a high-temp normal wash cycle with a cold-water rinse. Cover the bottom of the dishwasher with a layer of baking soda and let it sit for as long as possible (preferably 24 hours) before running another wash cycle. Use a weak vinegar and water solution to wipe down the outside of the dishwasher. For dried on spills, make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub with a sponge.
Garbage Disposal Odors
A foul order from the sink is probably from the disposal. The odor could be caused by normal food residue, or there could be something stuck in the disposal. Pour a mixture of equal amounts white vinegar and hot water down the drain. Let that sit. Turn the on the disposal and let hot water run down the drain.
Listen for unusual noises.
Pour baking soda down the garbage disposal, and let it sit for a few hours. Turn on the disposal and let the hot water run. If you repeat this process over several days and the odor doesn’t dissipate, call a professional.
Around the Kitchen
Use your vinegar and water solution to clean your refrigerator door seals. Take everything out of the fridge and wipe down the shelves, drawers and walls. Take out the crisper drawers and clean them in the sink. Put an open container of baking soda on each refrigerator shelf, in the drawers and in the freezer.
You can clean everything in your kitchen with water, vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar is a disinfectant. Baking soda is a gentle abrasive. You can even use white vinegar and water to mop most laminate floors.
Sprinkle baking soda and vinegar on your toilet brush to clean and disinfect. Clean sinks, tubs and counters with vinegar and baking soda.
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