No one wants a home that doesn't smell clean. Unfortunately, odors such as those that come from pets and foods can invade and linger in your home. In fact, just having your home closed for extended periods of time can cause a stale smell in the air. Often it is difficult to recognize that your house smells less than clean until you hear it from an honest guest or until you've left your house for several hours only to return to an unpleasant scent. When this happens you can make your home smell clean again, and easily keep it that way.
Things You'll Need
- Scented furniture polish
- Baking soda
- Vacuum cleaner
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Clean up your house. Pick up any clutter, and dust wood furniture and bookshelves, as well as any area that collects dust and can contribute to a dusty smell. Conduct a sniff test as you clean to locate any items that are contributing to the unclean smell of your house or apartment.
Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet. Allow it to set overnight and absorb odors that have settled in the nap. Vacuum thoroughly the next day.
Pour ½ cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray. Grind one vinegar ice cube a week in your garbage disposal to remove odors as well as to clean and sharpen the disposal's blades. Unclog sinks and remove odors from your sinks by pouring baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar. Allow the mixture to bubble and sit for several minutes. Run hot water down the drain.
Open the windows and let your home air out. Turn on a fan to help the air circulate air. Here's a possible odor harborer that you might not have thought about: Change the air filters in your home every three to six months.
Place a small bowl with a half-cup of vinegar in an out-of-the-way location. Vinegar will absorb unclean odors, and the smell of vinegar will evaporate. Mix baking soda with water and a few drops of lemon oil, and spritz the air if you prefer not to use vinegar.
Clean after your pets whenever it has an accident on the floor. Wipe up and absorb as much of the mess as possible using newspaper or a clean paper towel. Clean the soiled area with vinegar, rinse, and allow it to completely dry. Sprinkle the area with baking soda. Vacuum after allowing the baking soda to sit overnight.
Remove any garbage from your house on a daily basis. Garbage lingering in a home is a major contributor to the home's unclean smell. Rinse and dry garbage cans on a regular basis to remove odors. Sprinkle the cans with baking soda, allowing it to sit for several minutes before rinsing.