When your home smells bad, it can drive you crazy. Not only do you want to get to the root of the problem so you can eliminate it, but you can also feel uneasy about inviting friends over in case they sport the stink, and if your child is sensitive to smell, it can really upset them too.
If your home smells right now, and you’re not sure why, here are a few things that could be causing the pong:
How often do you take your trash cans out? Even if they are not full, food can start to riot and cause s terrible stench, which is why they should be your first port of call when you notice a bad odor.
A really common, but often elusive, source of bad smells is pests, If you have rodents living in the attic or on your property, for example, their waste can cause a terrible stink., Look for other tell-tale signs like droppings, nests, or holes that have been nibbled into things, and call pest control as soon as possible. It’s never fun dealing with invaders, but the sooner you do so, the sooner your home will get back to smelling fresh again.
The garbage disposal
The garbage disposal can cause a terrible stench because some of the food you put down there will leave a residue. A really good way to get rid of that particular smell is to simply throw a couple of lemons or limes down the disposal and let it do its thing. The acid will take care of the residue and the citrus scent will fill the whole house.
If you have a dog or cat, or any furry little pet for that matter, then their aroma might not be the most pleasing. Bathing them regularly, and washing any fabrics they spend any amount of time on even more often is a pretty good way to keep on top of their smell because, however, much you love them, wet dog is never going to be your aroma of choice!
From wet towels discarded on the bathroom floor to wet clothing that you did not get around to drying, damp fabrics are great at growing bacteria which can very quickly start to smell. That is why it is always a good idea to dry your laundry as soon as possible and why you should discourage your family leaving wet towels lying around.
It’s not unusual for dishwashers, and washing machines for that matter, to start to smell bad because they are damp environments with rubber seals that can provide the perfect home for mold and bacteria to grow. Solve this problem by leaving the doors open after use and cleaning with an appliance-specific product on a regular basis.
Open the windows and let fresh air in regularly for a fresher-smelling home.
Bad smells are no fun, especially in your own home, so get in there, track down the source, and make it go away!
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