Is your home starting to smell…funky? Did you finish a remodel and want to get rid of that industrial smell? Are your pets starting to “stink up” the place? Look no further as we’ve got the latest guide on how to handle odors in your home and make your air smell crisp and clean!
If your kitchen is beginning to have a problem with mixed or rotten food smells, most folks know that keeping an open box of plain baking soda in the refrigerator will neutralize bad odors. It’ll also help to sprinkle some into the bottom of the trash can and into the trash bag for similar results. When it comes time to clean the fridge, mix baking soda in with your cleaning water and a soft cloth or brush. This will work for scrubbing and freshening your tiles, sinks, drains and trash cans. In your bathroom, this will be especially helpful for tubs and toilet bowls. Looking for stronger results? Try scrubbing with a strong vinegar solution. (Leftover, or fresh coffee grounds will also absorb odors in the fridge, microwave, or cupboard!)
When you take a big whiff of stale, smelly air you normally want to gag! To perfume the air indoors naturally, slice a lemon in two and set them off to the side, rub a bit of vanilla on a light bulb to utilize the bulb’s warmth, or during periods of nice weather, open the windows! Nothing beats fresh air flowing through your home.
Pets can become a problem when it comes to the smells they leave behind. Tired of being called a cat-lady or stinky dog-dad? You can wrangle the reek with natural, or effective cleaning solutions that are budget-friendly.
Pet fur and dander are normally the biggest culprit since they get trapped in carpets, furniture, or fabric window coverings. Brushing your pet is effective, yet no matter how well you groom them properly, fur and dander will most definitely be lingering on all surfaces.
To combat this, break out the vacuum and start with all of the carpets and fabrics. Don’t hesitate to go over hard surfaces and window coverings. Baking soda can also help in this situation by sprinkling it over all carpets, rugs, and upholstered surfaces. Give it a bit of time to set in, and then vacuum up the baking soda as it will neutralize and trap most common odors similar to how it works in your refrigerator.
As mentioned previously, don’t forget about the power of fresh air and a little sunlight! Take any items outdoors to give them that sweet, sweet, sunshine. A clothes line will be great to hang up fabrics without getting bugs. Sunlight and airflow help get rid of all types of odors deep in fabric fibers.
If you haven’t already, work hard to find the source of the smell. Can’t find the source? Try using a black-light after dark with the room lights turned off. The black-light will reveal urine spots and other problem areas that need spot cleaning.
Breaking out your vinegar solution from earlier is the natural way to treat spots that need to be cleaned. Dab up the spray with a folded paper towel, removing as much of the liquid that you can. Use a fan to dry out the spot, and then sprinkle baking soda and vacuum it up as explained earlier.
If you aren’t keen on using vinegar, try an all-natural enzymatic cleaner to help remove odor, debris, and germs left behind by pets. It will be applied and dabbed up in a similar way that you used the vinegar solution.
If you’ve tried everything and your home still has that “funny” smell, it’s time to call the professionals. Our trained technicians use ozone treatments and thermal fogging to mitigate protein odor. An ozone treatment can disinfect, deodorize, and remove any smoke particles in the interior of your home. Ozone is formed in the machine and dispensed in a room where it oxidizes organic smoke and odor particles. A thermal fogger puts out a cloud of particles that are closely related to the composition of smoke, then it penetrates a structure’s cracks, crevices, and surfaces, neutralizing any smoke particles they come into contact with.
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