Natural Stuff - How to Get Rid of Bad Odors and Smells with Wickless Candles and More
Got Bad Smells? Time to Refresh
Your home might be the ultimate place to relax, but when you start mixing in your personal fav menu items, animals, children (are they really any different?), shoes, debris in carpets that store odors, garbage cans, bathrooms, moisture and mildew and “that old house smell”, there becomes a need to figure out how to get rid of bad odor.
For some of us, it’s a constant battle. It seems like no matter what you do, you open the door after being gone and the odor has returned with a vengeance.
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Tips on How to Get Rid of Bad Odors in the Home
There are a lot of products on the market to help you get rid of bad odors, but unfortunately a lot of those products do nothing but cover and mask the odors with chemicals. Spray all the air freshener you like, when those fat water droplets finally settle – the bad odors will return.
If you’ve had enough with being smacked in the face by musty smells, wet dog odors, pet smells, old food and other foul/bad odors then try some of these tips to help freshen up your home and neutralize that unpleasant stank.
Above all else, the first thing is to attack the bad odors at the source. If you can identify them, address them before you attempt to freshen up your home.
Tip 1 – How to Get rid of Bad Odors with Baking Soda
Baking Soda is an amazing deodorizing and cleansing agent. Not only can you sprinkle it into your drains to neutralize odors there (especially the sink or garbage disposal), you can also sprinkle it into carpets and upholstery. Just let it sit for around 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. The same can be done in shoes, dirty laundry hampers and even the bottom of ashtrays to help neutralize smoke odors.
Tip 2 – How to Get rid of Bad Odors with Lemons
Citrus, especially lemons, is a natural deodorizer. Lemons can clean and neutralize bad odors on counter tops and cutting boards. The peels can be tossed into a garbage disposal to help clean it (use in conjunction with baking soda for a really fresh clean), and around the bathroom to help neutralize bad odors.
Tip 3 – How to Get rid of Bad Odors with the Power of the Sun
Have you ever smelled laundry that had dried in the sun on a clothesline? It’s a kind of fresh that you can’t replicate with any dryer sheet. The sun is a great deodorizer, and can help you air out and deodorize clothing, musty bags, and suitcases... and even pieces of furniture that may be musty and full of bad odors thanks to rampaging children and smelly pups.
...And the group of sweaty guys from the last Super Bowl party.
Tip 4 – How to Get rid of Bad Odors in Plastic Containers
Totes and other plastic containers used around the home can harbor seriously unpleasant and bad odors. If you have plastic containers and you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of the bad odor, try newspaper. Crumple a few pieces of newspaper inside the containers, close the lid and let it sit. Change out the newspaper ever 2-3 days and within 1 to 2 weeks you’ll get rid of the bad odor at the source.
Tip 5 – How to Get Rid of Bad Odors in the Basement
A musty, dank basement can make the entire house small bad. The bad odor will drift up your stairs and cycle through the forced air system of your home when you turn on the furnace or air conditioning. Instead of lining the vents with air fresheners or burning scented candles, go after the problem with hydrogen peroxide.
If you want to get rid of bad odors and musty smells in the basement (or bathroom), mix one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with two parts water. Mix it into a mop bucket as well as spray bottles. Scrub the floors of your basement and clean the walls – let the solution sit long enough to kill the mold that is causing the bad odors.
Tip 6 – How to Get rid of Bad Odors in the Living room
In a lot of homes, the living room is one of the closest rooms to the front entry way. Because many families spend the most time in this living space, it can collect a lot of strange odors. When they mix together, your house gets its own unique scent that is… sometimes less than pleasant.
Go after the sources of the problem first: check the vents to see if the basement is cycling around stale air, check the windows and window seals for mold, clean in and under your furniture, clean the fabric of furniture, and be sure to clean your curtains. Heavy weight fabric curtains can harbor a lot of strange, bad odors. (the same goes for your couches and chairs where butts spend the most time)
Tip 7 - How to Get Rid of Bad Odors with Better Smells
It’s hard to get the natural air in your home to smell fresh all the time. Only after you’ve delt with the source of the problem can you begin to scent your home effectively. Don’t make the same mistake others make by burning scented candles. Not only are they unsafe, but they leave a terrible scent when blown out – plus they burn off chemicals that can actually reduce air quality even more.
Potpourri and incense sticks have similar issues where you’re dealing with chemical odors that don’t last. For an effective scent in your home, try a wickless candle. Wickless candle warmers are decorative warmers that warm scented wax cubes with a low-watt light bulb. The scents last for days, they’re completely safe with no risk of a fire and best of all – the wax used in wickless candle warmers is food-grade so it’s completely safe for children and animals. No burn, no poison risk, and nothing but great smells.
Want to learn how to get rid of bad odors in your home? Stop throwing money away on spray air fresheners. Kill the odor at the source and then scent your home with a smell that you’ll love to walk into.
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