Odours in Your Home: 8 Tips for Fighting Them
The normal buildup of odours in some rooms of your home, such as the kitchen and bathroom, are inevitable of course, but there are several tricks for eliminating them. Here are eight of the most efficient methods.
1. A money-saving tip for fighting cigarette odours
There are many scented candles available on the market that will help with cigarette odour; however, there’s a much cheaper option! Vinegar neutralizes cigarette odour naturally. Simply pour some vinegar onto a wet cloth and gently shake it for a few minutes in a room that smells of cigarette smoke.
2. A vacuum cleaner makes good “scents”
Pour several drops of your favourite essential oil onto a paper towel and slip it into your vacuum cleaner bag. You will automatically diffuse this nice scent as soon as you start vacuuming!
3. An odour-free refrigerator
When doing a thorough cleaning of your refrigerator, use a solution of hot water and vinegar. Let the solution sit for 15 to 20 minutes before wiping it with a damp cloth. You can then halve a couple of lemons and place them in different areas of your refrigerator.
4. For a microwave that shines and smells good!
The microwave is often used more than once a day and can quickly become a source of unwanted odours. So what should you do if odours accumulate and dirt becomes encrusted? All you need to solve this problem is water, a lemon and 30 seconds of your time! Mix one cup of water with the juice of a lemon and heat it for about 30 seconds. The dirt will become easy to remove (use a dry cloth) and you will be left with a fresh lemon scent.
5. When the time comes to paint your walls
Are you planning on painting the walls in one of your rooms? Add a tablespoon of vanilla essence (white) to your paint container. This will help diminish the smell of the paint. Once you’re finished painting, it’s also helpful to place a container with coffee beans or freshly ground coffee in the room.
6. Odours coming from your kitchen garbage? The solution: absorb them!
A garbage can that is emptied regularly and cleaned with bleach is less likely to “cause a stink”... You can also add a few handfuls of cat litter directly into a new garbage bag as well as into the garbage can itself, (you should empty it and add new litter every time you change the garbage bag). The litter will then absorb the odours!
7. Eliminating cooking odours
Cooking certain foods can cause bad odours to spread throughout your home. If you add some nuts (hazelnuts or walnuts) to boiling water when cooking broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts, they will help absorb these odours (the nuts must be whole, in their shell). As for fish, simply add a few slices of fresh ginger to the pan when cooking. A plate with slices of citrus fruit will ensure that oven-baked fish does not leave a bad odour for days on end.
8. Use a sponge and water to eliminate musty odours
Did you take a lengthy vacation and come home to a musty, stale odour in your home? No problem! Open the windows and, in each room, place a wet sponge in a cup or small plate. The musty, closed-in smell will disappear. Furniture, especially if it’s old, also tends to have an unpleasant odour. Mix cold water with baking soda and wash the inside of the furniture piece with a cloth. Just make sure your cloth is not too wet if your furniture is made of wood. Then, leave a container with freshly ground coffee out overnight.
With these easy and inexpensive tips, you will surely eliminate the bad odours that can take over your home!