Sometimes, no matter how often you clean your home, certain stenches emerge. Although embarrassing, these stenches are inevitable because, after all, you do activities in your home that produces scents — both pleasant and unpleasant.
Odors are natural and there are things you can do to get rid of them. Here are a few tips that can help you eliminate the cause of unwanted smells inside your home and make you feel comfortable inviting people over.
Regular Cleaning and Maintenance
Your appliances require constant care. Even if you scrub and mop every inch of your apartment, if some of your appliances are filthy, you likely would not escape from pungent smells.
Remember to regularly clean your appliances, especially your refrigerator and dishwasher, according to the manufacturer’s suggestion. You can usually find maintenance instructions in the leaflet that came with the unit when you purchased it. Your microwave and stove, too, need to be wiped after use to prevent the accumulation of food.
You also need to call air duct cleaning services if there are unpleasant smells coming out of your HVAC. Pests like rodents and cockroaches can live in your ducts. The scene of their droppings may be carried throughout the house. You need to evict these pests and clean the mess they leave behind to remove the odors.
Freshen Carpets and Upholstery
Constant use of your household furniture, especially ones that are made with fabric, will produce smells after a while. Aside from dust, your bodily fluid can accumulate in the fabric and cause scents. If you have a pet, they, too, will contribute to the problem.
You cannot really mask these odors. You should set aside time to clean your furniture regularly. On a weekly basis, run your vacuum over your carpet and upholstery. Deep clean your carpet and upholstery once a year.
When food is spilled or your pet has an accident in any of your furniture, do not let it dry down. Scrub it out using the appropriate cleaning materials to prevent stains and odors that just will not disappear whatever you do.
Wipe Kitchen Surfaces
Your kitchen may look clean, but there might be leftovers from the food you made that you failed to remove. Cooking can leave behind a film of grease and juices on surfaces that may produce stenches over time.
So, make sure that, after you have done making meals for the day, you thoroughly clean the countertops and cutting boards using store-bought or homemade cleaning products.
Splatters when cooking may also end up on floors and walls. Meanwhile, the smoke can bring grease and other residues to the exhaust vents. Clean these areas, too.
Open the Windows
Your activities at home create odors. You create odors. Whenever the weather is nice, let the odors waft out and welcome the clean air into your house.
It is an easy fix for your problems. Fresh air smells nice and is healthy for you.
In addition to these tips, you can light up a scented candle or use an oil diffuser to improve the smells of your home. These, however, are only band-aid solutions. They will not completely get rid of the unpleasant odors. You need to figure out where the stench is coming from in order to keep your home smelling nice at any time of the day.