How To Eliminate Unwanted Odors Around The House

Do you wanna know how to eliminate unwanted odors around your house, car and yard?

skunk-with-gas-mask-stinky-odorBelow are a few recommended tips on how you can rid your home of those unpleasant as well as unwanted foul smelling odors around your household, vehicle and yard. You may even discover that more relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers and even the in-laws will stop by your house more often to visit you. Your popularity will increase by leaps and bounds.

How cool is that? (hehe)

Read on to find out more.

Step 1:

no_smokingBan smoking all together anywhere inside of your house or garage, or for that matter, anywhere within 50 feet of your open screen doors entrances, open patio doors or open windows. This rule should pertain to visitors as well as residents alike.

Hold firm!No Exceptions should be made because of inclement weather.

Step 2:

bathroom-cleanObsess about keeping the bathrooms clean. Besides mopping and cleaning around the commode, bathtub, shower (shower curtain or door also) and sink on a regular basis, these are excellent locations for using ‘diffusers’ with lavender, vanilla or lemon oil. Bathrooms are also a perfect place for an exhaust fan (put one in the kitchen, too!) to help draw out those nasty and unwanted odors. The ideas in Step 5 below also apply here.

Step 3:

trash-bags-odor-shieldKeep your trash clean – which means not leaving a can filled with unwanted food scraps in the blazing hot outdoors for long periods of time. You should also have all you garbage that you toss out put inside of those hefty trash bags with draw strings, twist ties or self-made knots. There are even some on the market today with built-in ‘bacterial eliminators’ (even saw an ad on TV the other day for odorless eliminators). To help keep bacteria at bay, spray the top of the garbage with a solution that’s normally used in diaper pails or kitty litter boxes. It works by ‘binding’ odor particles and naturally biodegrading the bacteria causing the odor. You’re also encouraged to wash out (or at least hose down) those trash cans every week with an all-purpose cleaner.

Step 4:

arm-hammerTry mom or grandma’s old trick and place an opened box of (Arm & Hammer) baking soda in your refrigerator and another one in your freezer to absorb food odors. Mark the date on the box and replace it with a fresh one about every 90 days/3 months or so. Another trick is, if you’re in a pinch, you can take a cotton ball and soak it in vanilla and place it on a plate in the frig until it dries. Then toss it in the kitchen trash can where it will have a second opportunity to work.

Step 5:

diffusersStay away from that terrible commercial pine cleaner (chemical) as it can fire up old allergies or sensitive sinuses. There are certain fragrance oils that not only mask odors, but actually clean  the air. For your car or van, as well as highly frequented rooms around the house, try vanilla, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, clove or cinnamon in various forms such as potpourri, simmering pots and diffusers for the air. Also sachets work wonders for the laundry room, closets, drawers and in between sofa cushions.

Step 6:

hepa-filterTry maybe going ‘high tech’ and rid the air in your home of even the tiniest bacteria-causing particles with ‘HEPA filters’, ‘ozone’ air cleaners or ‘electrostatic filters’. These alternatives widely vary in price as well as degrees of performance capability. One of these methods should fit the needs of your household while remaining within the budget.