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Getting Rid of Home Odors

No matter how many times you mop, scrub, and clean, the stenches of everyday life are inevitable. As long as you cook, play, and well, live, they'll be there. But, you can take control and keep your home smelling fresh as the day you moved in.

 

Trash

Sometimes it's not the actual trash that smells – it's the trash can itself. Clean it by sprinkling in baking soda or using a deodorizing pack or pod, like Fresh Wave, under the can's liner or adhered inside the lid. Then spray it with a disinfecting spray, like Lysol, to kill bacteria.

Dishwasher

How often do you clean your dishwasher? Once a month, use a dishwasher cleaning tablet. Unless you're one of those families that runs their dishwasher daily, always rinse dirty dishes before placing in the dishwasher to prevent food from sticking and smelling.

Microwave

You cook basically everything in your microwave — soups, leftovers, you name it — which means there are a million smells circulating in a very confined space. Get rid of lingering smells by boiling one quart of water with lemon slices for several minutes. Be sure to wipe out any stuck-on bits of food and leave the door open so that your clean microwave can air out.

Here's our rule of thumb for toilets: Clean them with toilet bowl cleaner before they start to look dirty. After cleaning, pour 1/2 cup bleach into the water. If smells are your main concern.

 

Carpet

Unlike hardwood floors, plush carpets absorb smells like no other. Sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet to remove odors. Let sit (while you lounge on the couch and watch a movie) and then vacuum.

 

Candles are nice but they only cover the smell, so make sure to practice these cleaning routines and it will help keep your home fresh and clean.