Make Your House Smell Amazing
It’s certainly true that we all want to have good-smelling homes, however, it’s also true that some homes just smell better than others. No matter how clean your home is, odors will develop naturally due to a different number of things: pets, cooking, trash, smelly shoes, dirty clothes, and so much more. While it seems like an extremely diligent task to keep a good-smelling home, there are some simple ways to make your house smell amazing on a regular basis.
1. Keep Your Home Clean
Keeping a clean home is not all it takes to keep odors at bay, but it definitely helps! Regularly wiping countertops, cleaning toilets, sinks, and showers, washing bedding, and cleaning dishes will tremendously help reduce odors. When using cleaning products, try ones with naturally derived ingredients and no VOCs. Highly processed chemical cleaners are bad for your health in the long run. Find cleaners with pleasing scents as well to help your home smell even better.
2. Regularly Clean Furniture
Can’t find the source of the stench? It may be in your furniture! Furniture can harbor tons of odors and odor-emitting bacteria. Whether you have pets, young children, or just yourself at home, your furniture goes through a lot, regularly collecting shedded skin particles, pet dander, dirt, sweat, dust and more. If you’re not sure where to begin on cleaning your furniture, there are tons of great articles online for cleaning everything from couches to pillows to upholstery. Check out this article from HGTV on how to clean a couch. Once you’ve deep cleaned your furniture, your home will start smelling much better!
3. Keep Pets Groomed
If you have pets, they’re likely contributing to a smelly home, and you may not even notice! The best thing to do to keep odors at bay in a home with pets is to keep them regularly groomed. The groomers should brush their teeth, clean out their ears, give them a bath, and keep them shaved down. Regular grooming cuts down on the amount of pet dander in your home as well, which is a huge contributor to the pet-smell. If you only want to pay for them to be professionally groomed every now and then, give them at least 1-2 baths per month yourself.
4. Store Smelly Items
Some items we keep in our homes are just more smelly than others. Shoes often fall under this category! To keep the unpleasant smell of sweaty shoes from lingering throughout your home, leave them outside or store them in cubbies beside the front door or in the mud room. By having shoes stored right by a door to the outside, you’re not dragging the smell throughout the house, and you’re keeping it trapped inside the container.
Clothes can also fall under the category of smelly items. Once you’ve been outside, in the sun, or working hard all day, it’s likely your clothes stink. When taking off your clothes for the day, don’t pile them up on the floor, or even leave them in an open laundry basket. Get a laundry basket with a closed top on it so smelly odors from clothes are contained to one area. If you’re up for it, you could also put your dirty clothes straight into the washing machine and close the lid. Whatever you decide, as long as they’re contained, your home is going to start smelling better!
5. Catch Odors, Don’t Cover Them Up
Sure, we all love a good candle, and Frebreeze is a great way to quickly mask odors, but that’s really all those things are good for – masking odors. In order to eliminate odors from your home, you need to place odor eliminators throughout. There are many products available for odor elimination, but an effective and decorative way to eliminate odors is by placing a few odor neutralizing gel beads throughout your home. These gel beads are available at your local retail stores, they’re extremely affordable, and they can be put inside glass vases or other decorative pieces to look like part of your home’s decor. You will need to replace the beads regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
6. Refresh Carpets & Rugs
You may not have hardwood or tile floors throughout your home, and even where you do, you probably have a few rugs. Carpets and rugs harbor odors from a multitude of different things. Just like your furniture, carpets absorb everything that passes over them, but carpets experience much more foot traffic than your furniture. To refresh your carpets yourself, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the entire area. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and vacuum it up. The baking soda will absorb a ton of the odors and bacteria from your carpets and rugs, leaving them cleaner and fresher than ever before.
7. Neutralize Trash
It’s no surprise that the garbage stinks. With the combination of food, household items, and whatever else makes it in, it might seem impossible to eliminate the odor of the trash. However, it won’t hurt to try! An easy way to freshen up this smelly, smelly area is to sprinkle baking soda into the bottom of each new trash bag you place in the trash can before it’s used. If it starts to get smelly once trash accumulates, sprinkle another layer of baking soda on top.
If you’re looking for a different way to neutralize the odor of the trash, you can always clip an odor eliminating mechanism or scented air freshener onto your trashcan. Additionally, there are odor eliminating trash cans with filter systems for sale online.
8. Incorporate Plants
When choosing plants for your new home, you’re probably putting looks first, but don’t forget that many plants can also be good for exuding pleasant scents. Plants such as Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Orchids, and even little lemon trees will all aid in making your house smell amazing. The sweet, natural scents they give off may be just the thing you’re looking for to accent your home beautifully and fragrantly.
9. Clean the Garbage Disposal
If you smell a foul odor every time you walk into the kitchen, it could very well be your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals need to be cleaned regularly just like anything else. To clean your disposal and eliminate odors, squeeze a bit of scented dish soap into the disposal side of your sink. Run hot water for a minute and turn it off to let it sit. After about 5 minutes, run hot water again, open the disposal for about 10-20 seconds, and the smell should be gone.
If that doesn’t work, run the hot water again and pour half a cup of baking soda into the disposal. If the smell won’t dissipate, your disposal may need a deeper cleaning. Garbage disposals are extremely dangerous, so be sure to call a professional to perform a deep cleaning.
10. Get An iWave Air Purifier
One of the most effective solutions for eliminating odors throughout your home while actually cleaning your indoor air is by investing in and installing an air purification system such as the iWave from Garrison & Garrison. The iWave is one of the most advanced air purifiers on the market, with bi-polar ionization that kills bacteria, mold, and viruses, and eliminates static electricity and odors from homes. Even better, this system is self-cleaning and creates no harmful byproducts. When your home’s air is cleaner, it will always smell better.
Invest In Air Purification
If you’re interested in an air purifier to get the cleanest, healthiest air for your family, contact Garrison and Garrison. We offer the best air purification systems on the market, and you can count on us to provide you with the guidance and assistance you need for choosing the best system for your home and budget.
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