Last Updated on August 14, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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Getting rid of household odors is something I think about whenever we have guests over. Don’t you hate it when you arrive home and open the front door only to smell dinner from last night or the cat box? As much as I try to keep household odors to a minimum, there is always some sort of lingering odor when you first open the door. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Getting Rid of Household Odors
Household odors can be a problem for even the most attentive housekeeper. When your home doesn’t have a chance to breathe, odors don’t have anywhere to go. The air can become stale and odors can be absorbed by fabrics and furniture. Here are a few tips for getting rid of household odors before guests show up.
Get Rid of the Source
Eliminate household odors by getting rid of the source. Change the cat box, wash the dishes, wipe down the stove and take out the garbage if those are issues. Look for any messes made by your pets and try to identify the source of the odor.
Open the Windows
If the weather is warm enough, open the windows to let in fresh air and let out household odors. If you need to, place a fan facing inwards in front of an open window to pull in the fresh air. Try to open more than one window to create a cross breeze.
Sink and Drain Odors
If it’s your sink drain or garbage disposal that is causing the odor, try pouring a cup of baking soda down the drains and then following up with a cup of lemon juice.
Get Rid of Kitchen Odors
If you have an exhaust fan in your kitchen, turn it on so it can vent the odors outside. This works even better if you also open a window to draw fresh air inside.
Scent the Air
Try covering up the odor with a naturally scented candle or bowl of potpourri. You can also heat cinnamon sticks on the stove in a small pot with a few cups of water.Please look for natural products rather than artificial fragrances. This step will only cover up odors, not eliminate them, but it will help in a hurry if the other methods don’t work.
Add a Plant
Place plants like English Ivy and Boston Ferns throughout the house. These plants are known to help reduce odors. Read more about houseplants that clean the air for ideas of which type will work best for you.
Odor Reduction Filters
Try an Odor Reduction Filter for your HVAC (furnace/air conditioning) system. These filters will help remove odors from the air as it circulates by using tiny pores of activated carbon with electrostatically charged fibers.
Do you have any other tips for getting rid of household odors naturally?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.