Every home has odors. They are inescapable facts of life, especially for those with children and pets. Still, there are some things you can do to help cut down on odors before they get bad. Still, there are certain times when odors build up. Here are the best times to get it taken care of.
Ideally, the best time to get your home odor control is now, because the sooner you act, the easier it will be for you to get rid of it. The night before Grandma shows up to visit is not the time to be getting into the nitty-gritty of trying to eliminate pesky odors.
When your home has an overwhelming wet or musty odor that will not go away no matter what you do? Then you might have a mold problem. This should be taken care of right away in order to prevent further damage, including damage to your lungs as well as your family’s. Check dark, damp places like bathrooms and basements. You will find it under the sink, under flooring, in cabinets, and behind the toilet. It often grows in walls as well, but unless you’re sure there’s a problem, you probably will not want to rip up your drywall. If you live in a two-story home, look up—there are often pipes in between the ceilings and floors of multi level homes that can leak. Do not try to get rid of mold yourself. First call a plumber to have them get rid of the problem. It could be a leaky pipe in your walls or under the sink. Then call a professional service to have them get rid of the mold. If things are just smelling a little dank, try a dehumidifier or some activated charcoal to absorb ambient humidity.
When you plan on introducing new pets into the home is a great time to look around and deodorize bedding, flooring, rugs, and furniture. Your new pet might get overwhelmed if the whole house smells like Snowball or Fido, and it could cause them to become way too stressed. Wash everything with a mildly-scented or scent free detergent so as not to overstimulate a panicking pet. By the same turn, in order to prevent pet smells from taking over the home, take a few precautions. Toss throw blankets over spots on furniture that pets like. Vacuum often, and every once in awhile sprinkle a box of baking soda over the carpet, let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.
It’s also a good time to deodorize when you quit smoking, after a smoker leaves the home, or if you move into a home that has had smokers in it. The smell of lingering smoke in your clothes and furniture may lead you to relapse, so do not hesitate to deodorize if this you or your partner are trying to quit. Smoke trapped in fabric can also irritate sensitive lungs, eyes, and throats. It’s a common irritant along with dust and mold.
When a new addition to the family is on the way, it might not be a bad idea to deodorize in order to help the lucky mother cope with her strong new sense of smell and her newly delicate stomach. Clean the fridge, and leave a small, open box of baking soda in there to control strong food odors. Wipe down the walls of the interior with diluted white vinegar.
Deodorizing isn’t a bad idea to help the new baby adjust to their new home and parents, since newborns can not see well and use smell as a way to identify people. Put away air fresheners and strong scented candles, as wee little noses can be sensitive to synthetic scents.
Pregnant women are advised to steer clear of the litter box, which can get dirty fast as well as being infected with parasites carried by cats. These parasites can cause flu-like symptoms in humans and can be dangerous to a developing fetus. To keep the cat box clean, scoop it at least once a week, preferably once a day, and sprinkle baking soda inside it to help keep odors down. Find a deodorizing cat litter, the best one that works for your pets and household. Try a few different brands, and do not invest in a large bag of it until you’re sure you’ve found the right one.
Noticing a terrible smell every time you take out the trash? Clean indoor and outdoor trash cans with a disinfectant or soap, and toss a few dryer sheets into the bottom of the trash can before you put in the can liner. This will not only help get rid of old smells but will help keep new smells from building up. It’s important to clean your trash can often, at least once a month.
Ready to hop into bed after a long day, but the smell is making it difficult? Many people do not change their bed sheets often enough. They should actually be washed at least once a week. Spray a smelly mattress down with Lysol or some other disinfecting spray. The bad smells are caused by bacteria from your skin settling down into the fabric of the sheets and mattress. You can also sprinkle baking soda onto the surface of the mattress, let sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum away.
When you want to paint, that’s a perfect time to get odors under control. Mostly because painting covers up and seals paint that has absorbed bad smells over time. Painting and priming are fast, easy, ways to change both a look and help cut down odors.
Bad odors are annoying, but commonplace. Baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils are all great natural ways to cleanse and deodorize your home, and along with a disinfectant spray and soap complete your odor-fighting tool kit. With a little planning and forethought, you can eliminate bad odors before they sink in and become problematic.