Have you ever walked into your home to be hit with the smell and feel like a Febreze commercial, where the green fog just hits you in the face? Ever walked into someone else’s home and the smell is “off”? Well, you’re not alone, we have all been there at some point. Usually, it is a simple fix like taking out the trash or running a load of laundry. But if that doesn’t solve it you’ll need to take further action to deodorize your home. Here are a few tips and common problem areas that can stink up our homes.
Don’t Treat the Symptom, Treat the Cause
Most people make the common mistake of masking the odor by lighting one of our candles(wink, wink) or spraying some of their favorite room sprays. Unfortunately, that’s only a temporary fix, once the spray wears off your back to having a stinky home.
Deodorize Your Home
Yes, Granny was right! Plain ol’ baking soda is a neutralizer that will remove the odors instead of masking them. Sprinkle some onto your carpet or furniture, let it settle in for 15-30 minutes, then vacuum it up. This can freshen up those high traffic areas that smells tend to linger around. Don’t overdo it though, a little goes a long way. Also, be sure to vacuum up any baking soda before you let your pets back into the house, it will cause them to get sick if they ingest it.
Other ways to minimize smells:
- Wash your pets regularly as well as their bedding and litter boxes
- Wash dishes daily
- Keep the sink clean of food
- Replace the kitchen sponge before it starts to smell
- Throw out food before it spoils
- Do laundry on a regular basis
- Open the windows to air out your home
- Turn on the fan and leave the door open after you shower to prevent mold from growing
- Leave your shoes outside or use a shoe deodorizer
- Take out the trash regularly, especially after throwing away any food
- Clean the trash can weekly
What if the Smell is Still There?
If after you have treated what you thought the source of the smell was, and it is still lingering, you may have a larger problem on your hands. This could be a sign that mold is growing somewhere in your home and just cleaning the infected area will not solve the problem. If this is the case, hire a professional who is skilled in mold removal and remediation. Many offer free inspections and will guide you through the best course of action.
What if I have been inspected for mold but still having trouble getting rid of foul odors? Then it’s time you call Maid In Bastrop for back up. We can get your home smelling clean and fresh again.