Every home has a unique smell that distinguishes it from other places. As most people consider smell "human's most powerful sense," it often tells you a lot about your environment.
When it comes to residential properties, a fresh-smelling home is usually a great sign and what most homeowners strive for. On the other hand, odors from moisture, trash receptacles, and pets tend to transform an abode for the worse.
Luckily, here you’ll discover a simple guide to having an amazing smelling home that could help you freshen the air around you. Continue reading on to learn more!
Consider Baking Soda Your Best Friend
Not-so-fresh scents are infamous for taking over the atmosphere and sending your nose on an undesirable roller coaster. However, you can combat odors from becoming a nuisance by using baking soda throughout your home.
Most people know of the baking soda technique as an efficient strategy for absorbing smells in their fridge. Fortunately, you can place a few bowls around the house to deter odors in their tracks when cooking; you’ll want to replace them weekly.
Assess Your Home’s Moisture Levels
Sadly, moisture is one of the leading causes of household odors. In this case, you’ll want to consider using a hygrometer to assess humidity levels in each room. If you come across a reading that indicates over 60 percent humidity, you may want to acquire a dehumidifier to regulate levels.
It’s worth noting that dehumidifiers can be expensive, so you may want to start with one unit and incorporate more based on its performance.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Your kitchen sink is home to many food remnants that can get caught in your drains or garbage disposal. The more time food particles spend in your garbage disposal, the more your sink develops unpleasant odors.
You'll want to use a dollop of lemon-scented soap down the chute to clean drains, run your water, and turn on the disposal.
For a more natural approach, you may want to grind lemon or lime peels through the disposal, followed with running water. As a reinforcement, you can pour ½ cup baking soda into the disposal and run warm water.
Change Your Air Filters
A contaminated air filter is a significant red flag that affects your home in more ways than its smell. A clogged air filter may have difficulty trapping contaminants and fumes into your residence, allowing these invisible menaces to affect your air quality.
As part of the indoor air quality home checklist, you want to change your air filters every three to six months to promote a consistently good-smelling home.
Simmer Herbs and Fruits
Who doesn't love the sweet yet citrusy smell of fruits? This strategy uses a large pot, some citrus slices, and a few herbs like mint or lavender. After filling up your stock pot and placing it on the stove, add your lemon rinds, orange slices, and lime peels.
Afterward, let them simmer on low heat for a couple of hours. The steam will then carry sweet citrus notes throughout your home and kick out those bad smells for good.
No matter how often you clean your residence, odors develop naturally and affect your quality of life. However, this simple guide can help you achieve an amazing smelling home and fix those malodors.
Marla Stone, MSW REALTOR® License ID: 01823712 Nora Gallogly Group Beverly & Co. DRE#02078273 i-deal-lifestyle.com | Direct (949) 709-7000 |
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