How do I get rid of odors in my house?

Removing unpleasant odors from your house can be done using several different methods, depending on the source of the smell. Some are more time-consuming than others, but it’s always worth the effort to keep your home smelling clean and fresh.

The first step towards removing any odors is to first identify and remove the source of the smell. Put the smelly food into a secure container, take out the trash, wash any clothing or linens, clean out the fridge—there are a million potential sources of bad smells, and there’s no way you can make any room smell good again if you don’t locate and remove the source of the stink.

After you have gotten rid of the source of the smell, there are several simple things you can do to improve the room’s overall fragrance. Opening windows to let the room air out will aid in further removing any unpleasant smells. There are also several natural, odor- absorbing products you can use to soak up any leftover smells. Baking soda is one such product that you can sprinkle on carpet or furniture, mix with water to pour down a drain, or put in a sachet to leave inside a trash can or Diaper Genie. Activated charcoal or coffee grounds are also great alternatives to baking soda. White vinegar is effective at absorbing and neutralizing smells, but it does give off a strong—albeit temporary—smell of its own. If you’re looking to fill a room with sweet smells after removing the bad odor, there are several methods which are chemical-free and highly effective.

Burning all-natural soy candles is an awesome way to infuse a room with sweet scents that are free of harsh chemicals. Soy candles also give off a stronger and more pleasant scent than regular paraffin candles, and they burn cleaner; meaning that they won’t leave soot behind.

Going back to the sachet idea, you can create a small packet which will absorb unpleasant odors and replace them with a good smell. You can do this by filling a coffee filter with products such as baking soda, coffee grounds, or activated charcoal—to remove the bad smell—and adding a cotton balls infused with essential oil. It’s up to you to pick the particular oil, but some good options are peppermint, orange, lemon, or lavender. After you’ve filled the coffee filter with these products, simply tie it off and place it in a small, enclosed space such as a trash can, cabinet, or drawer.

Again, removing unpleasant smells from your home is a process which depends highly on the potency and source of the smell. Some smells are going to be more complicated to remove than others, but these methods are a general guideline to make your house smell clean and fresh again.

If you have exhausted your efforts to remove the odor, but the smell persists, call Lotus Contracting Services today.

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