Don't Forget these 5 Things to Reduce Odors at Home
Updated: Jun 30
You clean, scrub and vacuum your home weekly. However, you cannot seem to get rid of that funky smell and it drives you insane. Don't get too frustrated - it's normal. After all, you cook, work, play, and, well, live there, so you cannot expect your house to smell like it is brand new. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce some of the odors.
Clean the Trash Can
You collect and throw the garbage every day, but how often are you cleaning the can? Sometimes it's not the garbage that produces the bad smell, but the bin. Wash it and disinfect regularly using baking soda.
Rinse the Dishes
Your dishwasher cleans your dishes and, by this logic, sometimes we assume it should clean itself all the time. Over time, food and soap residues accumulate in the filter and the interior, causing it to smell bad. Make sure to rinse the dishes before putting them in the machine.
A Fresh Smelling Refrigerator
You just got home from work and want to start making dinner. You open the fridge and the smell hits you: leftover food, stinky cheese, the melon you forgot about. Place an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to absorb some of the smells.
Thoroughly Clean the Cutting Boards
Obviously, you already clean the cutting boards after every use. But, that may not be enough to get the smell of onion and garlic out. Place plastic boards in the dishwasher and scrub wood ones with half a lemon covered in salt.
Make the Mattress Smell Fresh
If you want to get rid of the stuffy smell your mattress has accumulated over time, sprinkle baking soda directly on the mattress. Let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it.