Everybody wants to go home to a clean, refreshing house - not a stinky, smelly one! So what are the options for odor control in your home?
- Use bathroom sanitizers. One of the rooms of your house that is most susceptible to bad odors is your bathroom. A sure way to get rid of unwanted odors here is to make sure to clean your bathroom regularly. Make sure to remove mildew and to thoroughly scrub the toilet once a week at the very least. To maintain the clean, neutral smell, purchase a bathroom sanitizer. Be wary of the brands that offer smells that are so strong that they can irritate the nose and lungs - opt for more subtle, natural scents, and make sure your bathroom is well ventilated. Bathroom sanitizers that double as an odor remover are available in different forms, such as sprays, or those that attach to walls or to the underside of a toilet bowl (it gives off a nice smell whenever you flush the toilet). They usually work by killing odor-causing bacteria and by spreading pleasant smells to combat foul ones. Bathroom sanitizers that come as wall attachments can typically last for about two months.
- Focus on house hot spots. Your living room is a high-traffic area in your home, so it is also susceptible to bad odors. The main culprits could be the carpet, the shoe rack, or the spots that your pets frequent. Make sure you regularly clean your carpet, as it is a hotbed for germs and bacteria. You may opt to clean it yourself (use a vacuum, stain-remover, detergent and scrubs) or have it cleaned by a professional cleaning service. As for your shoe rack, make sure that it is in a well-ventilated area, and you may opt to sprinkle baking soda or spray specially-formulated shoe deodorizers inside your shoes to get rid of the dampness that promotes foul smells. Make sure you adequately potty-train your house pets - you don't want poop smells all over your house!
- Use air fresheners. Commercial air fresheners that also work as an odor remover are aplenty, and you could choose the scents and varieties that appeal to you. Different forms that air fresheners come in include air sprays, plug-ins (these plug-ins may create a risk of causing fires: remember to unplug them at night), wall attachments, fragrance sticks, and gels. Consider the available space when choosing which form of air freshener to purchase. Consider also that can sprays are used more to get rid of a sudden foul smell, while timed sprays or hot oil fresheners provide a constant background fragrance. Remember, you have to consider the household members' preferences for scents when purchasing an air freshener. Air fresheners' scents could range from woodsy and floral, to fruity and citrus. If one member of your household is sensitive to smells, you may instead purchase subtler air fresheners such as scented candles or potpourri.
- Fight it at its source. Specialized odor neutralizers are available. Nowadays, for example, there are sprays that aim to get rid of urine odor, cigarette smoke, refrigerator smells, foul clothes smells, garbage odors, sewer odor, and the list goes on. Once you've pinpointed the major source of bad smells in your house you can start neutralizing it. You could even choose to make your own odor neutralizer--typical ingredients include water, ammonia, baking soda, and vinegar.
These are just some tips to control bad odor in your house. Good luck!