Eliminating Household Odors
From old musty smells, to mildew, smoke, cigar, pet odors, and urine. Household smells can be ugly and difficult to get rid of The methods of eliminating the bad odors will obviously vary depending on the type and severity of the smell. Some methods are extremely involved and will require time, my goal is to give you quick and helpful tips that will make the challenge easier.
Below are a few tips I find most useful.
Common Household Items That Can Help Eliminate Odors
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1. Baking Soda
A common item found at any market, baking soda cuts through bad smells by neutralizing the pH levels. It’s safe and effective to sprinkle throughout the house or spread open boxes throughout the house
Probably the safest and most effective method because it neutralizes the bad odors and works as good if not better than baking soda. Whether it’s left in a bowl or sprayed around the house, it works wonders.
You may shy away from using it because as you spray undiluted vinegar, it has a strong scent, but it quickly disappears along with the bad odors you’re wanting to get rid of.
3. Coffee Beans
Both whole beans and ground beans work wonders in absorbing bad odors, but it’s much easier to use whole beans unless you’re willing to clean up a possible mess with coffee grounds. All you need is a container with 6 to 7 ounces of coffee beans placed throughout the house, this will help eliminate bad smells.
Thats right, oats can absorb bad smells. Pour it in multiple bowls and leave it throughout the house, it’s not only a healthy grain for the body but it absorbs bad smells very well.
Here are a few very popular odor eliminating recipes.
First, make sure you’re wearing gloves to protect your hands, get a bucket and a rag ready. Fill the bucket with the following ingredients:
Humid environments may have the old musty smell. Unfortunately, that smell gets into fabric and lingers, you’ll never be able to get rid of it completely but here are a few steps you can take to make it better.
First, try to isolate the smell, once you find the source, if it’s a single area, treat it individually by by drying it out. If the entire home has a musty odor, here are some steps you can take
Stick to a fragrance-free air freshener like Lysol disinfectant spray or even Zeolite, a natural mineral that absorbs odor without a masking scent.
Dealing with Smoke or Cigar Smells
Here are some steps you can take to eliminate bad odors
I don’t think there’s anything worse! You know exactly what I’m talking about. A urine scent in the home is an automatic turn off.
Bad odors due to urine are usually isolated to a certain area, or at least you hope they are unless it’s pet urine throughout the house. Urine odor is much easier to get rid of when it’s fresh. Here are some things you can do to deal with this bad odor efficiently and without sacrificing too much on labor. Besides pulling up the carpet and getting rid of the padding underneath, there’s no way to get rid of the scent completely, but there are a few options that will help. The best you can do is go throughout house or the affected area and neutralize the urine which is an alkaline base with an acid-base product like vinegar. Once you’ve done this, you can spray a heavy duty disinfectant to treat the odor. This is a great way to temporarily eliminate or minimize the urine related bad odors from the carpet, but you can still follow other methods mentioned above to treat the overall environment.
If the furniture has an unpleasant smell, try moving it to the outdoors to air out if possible. If it’s a strong odor or when the situation doesn’t allow you to move the furniture, try these methods.
Sprinkle baking soda on the furniture the first day and vacuum it up the next day, this may be time consuming and will not cover the entire furniture like the back side but will work well on fabric covered benches or chairs with fabric in the seating area only. A couch sprinkled with baking soda. It will be vacuumed up the following day.Spray the furniture with two parts water, one part vinegar on the first day and the next day wipe it down with dryer sheets or use Fe-breeze.
Another product that’s affordable and works well on furniture is OdoBan. One gallon can make 32 gallons of usable product. Using a spray bottle, fill it 3 parts water, one-part OdoBan. Once you spray the furniture, make sure the surface is nice and wet. Allow the furniture to dry indoor or outdoor. This product doesn’t mask the smell but gets rid of it completely.
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