A stinky apartment can be especially depressing because you are dealing with a more confined and constricted square-footage area than with a house. Simple steps can be taken to introduce aromas that are more pleasant than the odors that are polluting your living space. Regular housecleaning is one of the key elements to make your smelly apartment more fresh and agreeable.
Things You'll Need
- Deodorizing toilet cleaners
- Plastic food containers
- Aluminum foil
- Box of baking soda
- Air cleaner with HEPA air filter
- Fabric refresher
Clean your toilets regularly. Control the extent to which the odors of urine and fecal matter spread throughout your apartment by tackling the toilet at least once a week by using deodorizing cleaners. Make sure you clean the floor around the toilet to rid yourself of smells created by misdirected urine.
Place your used towels into the washing machine as soon as possible. Leaving towels hanging over the shower rod to dry can result in unpleasant odors that permeate the bathroom but can also spread outside that room.
Take proper food storage steps to avoid the creation of particularly disagreeable aromas. Place all leftovers into a plastic storage container or cover with aluminum foil. Discard old food at the first sign of deterioration that will ultimately lead to bad smells emanating from the refrigerator. Make a habit of giving your refrigerator a deep cleaning every few months, and place a box of baking soda into the refrigerator to absorb unwanted odors.
Fill a bowl with vinegar whenever you are cooking something that may produce smoke or someone in the apartment is smoking tobacco. The vinegar will help to absorb the odors of smoke.
Install an air cleaner with a HEPA air filter and a carbon filter. This device is very effective at removing smelly odors from the air and will contribute significantly to making your apartment smell fresher.
Sprinkle baking soda inside shoes that are creating a particularly bad odor. The baking soda acts to soak up the offensive odors inside the shoes just as they soak up odors when a box is placed inside a refrigerator.
Spray your bedding and upholstered furniture with a fabric refresher. These products not only will alleviate the odors associated with your furniture but also act to reduce wrinkles in the fabric.
Cut off the peeling of oranges and place them on a cookie sheet and warm them up in the oven for a few minutes. Make sure that they don't burn, as that will just create another bad smell. After warming up the orange peels, take them out of the oven and place them on a plate in the room you want to smell fresher. The sweet fragrance of warmed peelings will spread a citrus aroma throughout the room.
- Apartmentratings.com: Apartment Odor Control
- "Clean it Fast, Clean it Right"; Jeff Bredenberg, Ed.; 1998
- "Cleaning Plain and Simple"; Donna Smallin; 2006
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