Foul odors are not fun, especially when they are in our own homes. Unpleasant smells could be coming from anywhere – rotting food, pets, trash, mildew, a smelly teenager’s bedroom or even from that roommate who thinks you can’t smell their smoke when they crack the window open. There are a number of methods to get rid of foul smelling odors in your home – no matter how bad it is. Even if you are cooking fish or if one of your pets had an accident, there are number of ways to keep your home smelling fresh and clean – all the time. Here are 5 ways to get rid of foul odors in your home.
- Lemon peels. There is a reason why many of our cleaning supplies have a fresh lemon scent, because not only does it smell great, but also lemons have been used for centuries to keep homes smelling fresh. You can put lemons in the garbage disposal to cut down the smell of rotting food and the same with the trashcan, just slice up some lemon peels and put them at the bottom of the trash can.
- Putting baking soda in the fridge. Sodium bicarbonate, or what is commonly known as baking soda, has a very specialized chemical property that can effectively absorb bad smells, like rotting meat and wilting vegetables. Next to putting in a dish full of baking soda, you might also want to get rid of anything with an expired date on it or vegetables that have grown mold on them.
- Air purifiers. An effective air purifier can be an amazing way to get rid of both indoor air pollutants and bad odors. Purifiers can effectively take in the bad air, filter it and send it back out again so that you are breathing fresh, new air. This can be a great way to cut down pet smells and even cigarette smoke. When you purchase an air purifier, make sure that you measure the square footage of the room and purchase a unit that has the capacity to filter that much air.
- Clean your air conditioning system. One of the biggest sources of foul smells in our homes comes from our heating and air conditioning units. Not only can bad smells come from the vents, but also they can spread mold and other pollutants around the house. It is recommended to hire someone that knows about commutated motors and HVAC performance to effectively clean your unit.
- Candles, air fresheners, potpourri. One of the most embarrassing places to have bad household odors is in the restroom, so it is wise to keep air freshening products on hand so that people can spray after use, light a candle or just let the potpourri do the rest of the work – maybe with the help of an open window. You might even be able to get a unit that you can plug into the walls that lets out little spurts when it gets particularly pungent.