5 Green Ways to Prevent and Eliminate Bad Smells in Your Home

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Warm weather is on its way, and although we are super-excited about what this means for our wardrobes and social lives, it’s also necessary to reflect on what it could mean for foul odors in our homes.

If there’s one nice thing about winter, it’s that nothing stinks in cold weather. So we get a few months’ reprieve from pesky odor generators like outdoor trashcans and the shoe racks in our entryways. Don’t let the stinky smells take you by surprise this time! Instead, use this guide to help prevent them before they reach your nostrils.

In this post, we’ve outlined five of the most common household sources of stench, and how to combat them with green, natural cleaning solutions.

  1. Garbage Disposal- To keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh, periodically feed citrus peels into it. If you encounter a strong, lingering odor that the citrus peels can’t defeat, try pouring vinegar and baking soda down the disposal, and leaving to soak for several hours before rinsing with cold water.
  2. Fridge- Keep an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator. The baking soda will absorb odors from food. Replace the box every six weeks or so. If the smell is really bad, try spreading the baking soda out on a cookie sheet and leaving it in the fridge over night. The increased surface area of the baking soda will allow it to absorb even more of the odor.
  3. Pet Odors- Use a HEPA filter air purifying unit in the rooms your pets spend the most time in. Put machine washable throw blankets over furniture your pets like to lounge on, and vacuum floors and upholstery often. See our posts on Green Cleaning with Dogs and Green Cleaning with Cats for more tips! 
  4. Trashcan- After taking out the trash, sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a handful of cotton balls. Leave the cotton balls in the bottom of the empty trashcan overnight, with the lid on. Twice a year or so, take the trash can outside and spray it down, inside and out, with the garden hose. Then leave it in the sun to dry for a full day. Sunlight is the best disinfectant!
  5. Shoe Rack- If washing doesn’t get the stinky-foot smell out of your shoes, try these solutions: First, try putting balled-up newspaper in your shoes overnight. The paper absorbs the odor-causing bacteria. If that doesn’t work, make a deodorizing powder out of equal parts baking soda and cornstarch, plus a few drops of tea tree oil. Sprinkle it in your shoes overnight. If your shoes still stink after that, try placing them in a sealed plastic bag and sticking them in the freezer overnight. And if that doesn’t work, it’s time to throw them out and buy some new shoes!

We hope you find these tips helpful! If you live in the Asheville, NC area and you need assistance with any aspect of housecleaning, give us a call at 828.505.7320 or get in touch via our contact form today!