There’s nothing worse than having a stinky home, but it can happen to anyone. Even if you’re the biggest clean freak around, something can cause a stink, but fear not – if you can get to the source, you can say goodbye to the smell and hello to clean, fresh air once again.
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So, what exactly is causing that smell?
The trash can
Okay, this may seem really obvious, but bear with me. A lot of people empty their trash cans and think they’ve emptied the stink along with it, but more often than you might think crumbs and debris collect at the bottom where they rot and cause a real stink. Luckily, to end this problem, all you need to do is get in there and give the whole bin a thorough clean with some pleasant smelling disinfectant, problem solved.
Wet clothing is a surprising cause of unpleasant odors in your home. If you keep your dirty clothes hamper in the bathroom, moisture can impregnate your clothing and you just know that bacteria love a moist environment to grow in! Keep the laundry hamper in a less humid room, empty in regularly and return to a home that smells as fresh as the summer air.
Again, you’d think this was obvious, but sometimes drains can clog slowly, which means you don’t always notice the problem even if you do notice the smell. If you’re dealing with a clogged drain, this is a useful link for dealing with it. Then, going forward, make sure to scrape your plates fully and avoid putting things like fat down the plughole so it doesn’t end up causing another big stink.
If you have a front-loader washer, you might be surprised to learn that it can get particularly stinky. This is because the deal around the door comes into lots of close contact with water. This water can get trapped as you open and close the door, and again, bacteria love moisture and will thrive in there given half the chance.
What can you do about it? Leave the door open for a few hours after washing your clothing and once a week, clean the seal with a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar to keep mold at bay.
The dishwasher has a similar problem to your washer in that it comes into close contact with a whole lot of water. Of course, it also comes into contact with food debris too. If this gets left behind, it can very quickly cause mold. Luckily, all you need to do is run the dry-heat cycle while the machine is empty on a regular basis. If it’s already moldy, remove the baskets and soak in a bleach solution for a few hours.
Carpets are very absorbent and they absorb odors as well as dirt so they can get a bit smelly at times. To solve the problem, mix a few drops of essential oil with baking soda and sprinkle over your carpeted areas. Leave for as long as you can, then vacuum. They should smell as fresh as ever.
Stop the smell!