How to get rid of foul smell in home

Foul smell eliminates the positivity in the room. There are several things that can contribute to home’s foul smell. This includes pets, smokes, mold and mildew and cooking can create bad odor that permeate in the air and linger for time and around. This foul smell will eventually penetrate into walls, carpets and furniture. In this blog post, we will share you simple steps on how to help prevent and remove these offensive odors.

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Open the windows-this is the best trick that you need to opt for. Wherever possible open the windows and let the natural air flow through. Even on a cold night, open the windows for some time. Fresh air will spread quickly and will remove air borne disorders especially from smoke and cooking.

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Vacuum it properly-regular cleaning of floors, carpets and upholstery like couches and curtains will help keep your room smelling good. To carpeting, you can even add a room deodorizer, or baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda onto the rugs and carpeting and let it sit down for long time period. It will absorb oil and dirt before vacuum.

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Wash the home- Clean the hard surfaces in a regular way. Gloss paints, hard flooring, countertops, sinks and tables with soap water and mild cleanser is appropriate for the surface being cleaned. Blend the mixture in equal parts of white vinegar and water, and you can create your diy cleaner that is environment friendly too and is best for all surfaces. Lemon can be substituted for vinegar, as it has anti-biotic properties. For those areas where odors accumulates like kitchen and bathroom, a cleaning solution is necessary to remove bad odours. Bleach has also properties to clean and kill mold spores.

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Bright Ideas to clean home– Clean the light bulbs. Dirt and oil tend to accumulate on the lightbulbs and the heat accentuate the foul smell. From time to time, a damp cloth can do the wonders. Please, be careful, don’t let the damp cloth touch the metal part of the bulb.

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Clean and change the filters– Clean and change the filters of the heating and cooling system. This will not only improve air quality, but will also make your heater and ac much more better. Be sure to check and replace the filter in your vacuum cleaner.

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Repaint the room-when it seems that you have tried every trick and nothing seems to work, repaint the space. The fresh coat of paint will cover up the patches and get rid of bad smell associated with that.

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How to remove odor from living room

Bedroom, living and family room need to be kept clean and tidy at any circumstances and therefore odor free. Regular vacuum cleaning and dusting is sufficient t clean the home. If you are smoker, or someone in home is smoker or have entertained smoker, make sure ventilation is the best trick. Open windows is important and consider buying air purifier.

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Fresh flowers-it is the best trick to eliminate odors and candles can temporary lower down the smell too. Bed linen and upholstery should be laundered and washed on regular basis. Curtains should be cleaned well. If an odor persists in your carpeting and rugs, its time to replace it. Walls, if painted in a semi gloss finish or covered with wallpaper should be wiped with damp cloth.

Kitchens

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Kitchens attract lot of traffic and uses, as rooms where odors accumulate and easily get trapped. Cooking leaves lot of grease and film of dust that clings to the walls, fixtures, floors and countertops well, everything and every item. If you have an exhaust fan, use it. Use the fan regularly while cooking and keep it on after a while too. Keep the countertops dry and clean and wipe with home made or bought cleaner at the end of every day. Floors should be moped and vacuumed daily as well, especially in home with children and pets. Crumbs and pet hair cling and are unhealthy too. Wipe down the stove-top after the use as anything that might be on or near at it. Its inevitable to clear cooking splatters later. At the end of the day wipe away the sinks. Natural or products made from bleach kills harmful bacteria. If your dishwasger smells or has odor place a cupful of vinegar on the top rack. Do consider having a baking soda in refrigerator to absorb odors and replace after couple of months. Wipe down doors and shelves on regular basis as well.

How to clean the bathrooms?

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Due to the heavy humidity content in these small rooms, mold and mildew have a tendency to accumulate here. Keep the bathroom well ventilated when using bath or shower. Ventilation, in the  room is the single most thing that you can do to keep the space odor free. If you don’t have windows, keep the window open. Wipe the sink and bathtub on regular basis, using bleach to keep smell at bay. Wipe the walls with damp sponge and mop the floors and try to keep the toilet clean. If you have a bathroom that you don’t use often, say a guest room, do go in and run the water and flush the toilet and ventilate it regularly. Avoid using plug in room fresheners, they tend to have overwhelming smell and often are worse than odors that you are trying to cover. Some people keep their litters in the bathroom. Small litters have a strong odor, even when they are cleaned, as they emit strong odor and it can permeate and affect the rest of the home. If you have the pet, especially cat, an air purifying is the must. Room sprays and fragrance works for short time period. Reeds infused in essential oil is available in the market and it can be sprayed. These scents last longer, till the oils get absorbed by thin reeds.

Laundry room and mud room

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Dirty socks, sweaty clothes and smelly sports equipment can leave bad odors, well less than rosy! Basements, even tend to accumlate bad smell. They are cool and damp and often humid. A dehumidifier will help you to get rid of excess moisture which will keep the mold and musky smell at a bay. Since dehumidifiers must be emptied in the room place them near the bulkhead doors, sink or sump pump. Wahing machines often accumulate bad smell. To get rid of these smell place a cup of vinegar or a cup of bleach in the machine and run one full cycle. Because washing machines tend to be airtight, so smell can form. To prevent this leave the machine door open for a while. Last but not the least; this may appear to be too basic, but keep on top of your laundry items and don’t let foul smell to accumlate for too long. Never add wet towels in laundry items. Let the dry first before washing the same.   If your laundry and mudroom are on top level, they are likely be in high traffic zones. Mud and dirt from boots, sneakers  and clean the boots.

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