I’m always sensitive to any unpleasant odors in my home, especially during the warm summer months. Seems I’m constantly doing the “sniff test” on the soft textile surfaces: Curtains, cloths, towels, rugs, etc. So I love it that this post, brought to me by a guest writer, brings up the importance of keeping curtains clean.
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Eight Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh
We want to believe that our homes can be healthy, hygienic and fragrant year-round. But that’s rarely how it works out in reality.
In this post, we take a look at some of the ways you can freshen up our interiors without resorting to fabric deodorizers.
1. Wipe Down Surfaces Using Unscented Microfiber Cloths
If you want your home to smell beautiful and fresh, try wiping down your surfaces after you clean them with a dry, microfiber cloth. These cloths are incredible for attracting any microscopic particles still left on your countertops that could produce a smell later on.
2. Check For Mold In Bathrooms
Do your bathrooms or powder rooms smell a little musty when you walk in? If so, there’s a good chance that you have a mold problem. Check your grouting for patches of discoloration. Also check for any damp drywall, since it is a magnet for both mold and mildew. If you do find mold, you may wish to get professional guidance on how to deal with it.
3. Wash Your Curtains
Most curtains are made of similar fabric to clothes and sheets. And yet most people never bother to wash them. So, over time, they absorb all kinds of foul-smelling particles which then leach odors into your home.
The solution, though, is super simple. Put them in the wash (if machine washable) and follow the laundering instructions.
4. Add More Plants
Plants have a wonderful deodorizing effect on homes. Their leaves naturally freshen the air and keep everything smelling beautiful. Just make sure to give your plants the proper light exposure and prune, water, and mist as needed.
5. Get Rid Of Pest Droppings
Sometimes pest droppings and urine can lead to foul smells in your home. And the worst bit? No amount of cleaning can solve the problem because it is usually under the floorboards or behind the walls.
In situations like these, getting rat and mice removal is essential. Not only are droppings smelly, but they could potentially harm your health.
6. Cleanse All The Surfaces In Your Home
Cleansing your home’s surfaces is tedious, but it is essential. That’s because even doors and windows can harbor compounds that create foul odors over time. Be sure to clean all the surfaces, including your fridge, your garbage cans, and behind the toilets. Leave no area unscrubbed!
7. Clear Out The Clutter
When it comes to bad smells, clutter is your number one enemy. Not only does it trap odors from other parts of the house, but it can also start to smell pretty bad in its own right even after a short time.
8. Add An Air Purifier
Lastly, if you’re still struggling to deal with any odors, install an air purifier. These clever devices suck in air and then trap any odor-containing particles in a fine mesh. If you have a particularly smelly room, they can work wonders.
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