Rooms will naturally acquire an odor especially if they are well-used, humid, or if there are plenty of chemicals used in the room. Rooms where paint is drying or where cigarettes are smoked will also develop an odor after some time. If you want to keep your room smelling fresh, here are steps to help deodorize your rooms.
- Ventilation. The easiest way to deodorize is by adding ventilation in your room. This includes opening the windows in your rooms as much as possible. If possible, you can even leave your doors open. This will allow air to flow through the room, which is still one of the most effective ways of minimizing odor. Most odors are caused by chemicals in the air, which is why a ventilation exit point will usually solve the problem. Keep in mind, however, that the chemicals which cause odor will eventually settle down and stick to the surfaces in the room if not ventilated in a long while. If you are worried about insect or dust coming into your rooms through windows and doors, you can attach screens.
- Vacuum. Next, regularly vacuum your carpets. There are deodorizers that are specifically designed for carpets, which will minimize the scent in carpets. Carpets can harbor plenty of dirt and scents because it comes into contact with footwear and because of the thick fibers in the carpet which are perfect for storing odorous chemicals. You can also sprinkle baking soda on your carpets and allow the baking soda to absorb odor. Afterwards, use a vacuum to remove the baking soda from your carpets.
- Vinegar sprays. Another home remedy for smelly rooms is to use a mixture of vinegar diluted in equal amounts of water. Vinegar is a natural cleaner because of its acidic properties. While vinegar may smell pungent at first, the smell will quickly go away once the vinegar has evaporated. Vinegar sprays are especially useful if you have recently painted your house or if you are a smoker.
- Vanilla. Another way to remove scents in an odorous room is to mask it with something that smells fresh. You can take vanilla or cinnamon sticks and place these in a small pot filled with some water. Allow the mixture to boil so that the scent of the cinnamon sticks or the vanilla will cover the room. This works very well if you have already vacuumed your carpet and used vinegar sprays, since the scent will not need to compete with underlying odors in the room.
- Deodorizing potpourri. You can also take orange peels and cloves. Place these in a small net bag and hang these around the room. As an alternative, you can also, find some essential oils of your choice and place these in cotton balls. Put the cotton balls in a dish around the house or scatter it in the corners of the room. This should remove any scent from the room.
Once you have removed the bad odor in your room, make sure that you clean regularly and wash the curtains, bed covers, and sheets at least once a month. This will prevent the smells from returning in your rooms.