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You Never Thought you Could Get Rid Of Bad Smells this Way

Updated on February 26, 2018
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A How-to On Making Bad Odors Go Away

If there is something we all hate is a bad smell we cannot get rid of. The source really does not matter either since it could be anything, just as long as it bothers our nose or makes us want to clean everything in sight until it is gone. These smells can be very sneaky however, hiding in places unbeknownst to us, at times even settling in our bodies and mouths, making us walk around feeling all great about ourselves until someone says we smell like we just came out of a sewer. We do not have to deal with this! We can get rid of all these stenches with some hard work and persistence, giving us peace of mind yet again.

The one concept we have to maintain clear when fighting bad odors is that it will take various attempts to really get it to leave forever and maintenance is required so that they do not come back. Sometimes these smells are quite clear and we know exactly where they are coming from. At other times, they hide in all the small crevices and articles of clothing, waiting to be found by us and ultimately destroyed. Let's start with one of the biggest areas that get an aroma that never seems to disappear, this being our house. When an odor has settled, instant action must be taken if you want your house to smell good again.

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Whenever we are facing a smelly home, the steps to take are quite extensive. If possible, try to identify where it is coming from by sniffing about for a while. The most prominent places are usually the kitchen and the rooms, and at times right at the front door. Places where the shoes are kept are ones to hold responsible for bad smells. If you do locate the odor and it is coming from the carpet, kitchen or room, you will clean. If you need someone to help you clean the carpet that is an option but you can do it with shampoo yourself. If the stench persists, you might have to get rid of the carpet and have it replaced.

If it is in the kitchen, fridge or a room, best advice is to clean everything in them. I'm talking dishes, sink and trash cans in the kitchen and all types of laundry in the rooms. Vinegar and lemons will be your best friends in this fight since they can be either applied or left out to do most of the work in getting rid of the stenches.

The smell should be gone after all the work but it if still lingers you might have to search deeper. In the best case scenario you will have gotten rid of the odor and will be able to replace it with a much nicer one. This could be incense, candles, or even a little vanilla heated in the oven. Never try these if there is still a smell about since both scents will only fight each other until becoming a weird combination.

The Body: Biggest Odor Holder

When it comes to how to treat smell from the body, there are various ways to go about it. The biggest problems come from the mouth, armpits and private parts. As much as washing helps, smells could come from sickness or develop rather quickly after showering.

Bad breath and foul smell in the mouth is generally caused by daunting meals or a fever. Mouthwash, brushing and floss can go a long way, especially since it gets rid of any leftover food in there so it never hurts to carry some around at all times. Brushing with baking soda is a good practice to develop upon. Never forget your tongue in the cleansing part since it is a natural habitat for bacteria to spread and grow. Always keep it spotless if possible and you will notice a great change in your natural breath, especially in mornings.

If you feel you have bad breath, a weird trick that you might want to try is licking yourself and then smelling it. Yes it sounds gross but it gives you a better perception of what your breath smells like and most people will not always tell you, at least not in the best of ways. Gum and mints are also a good quick fix but are to be used lightly since they still mix up with any other aroma that is already there and too much of it could as well bother the noses of others.

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If it is the body that smells in general a change in your diet does not hurt. You have to remember that the food you eat is filled with toxins that are liberated through your sweat. Needless to say, consuming more fruit and vegetables should make your body odor more acceptable if you were to sweat in public.

For quick fixes, carry soap, a small towel, deodorant and hand sanitizer with you. The first three are to be used if you have some alone time in a bathroom to wash up quickly and start off again. The hand sanitizer is to be applied if in an emergency since it will cover any bad scent for long enough until you can find time to do something about it. It is not advised to move around much after using it and not using too much of it, or any at all if you have a rash or cut.

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Shoes and feet are the other biggest threat to our noses, always smelling utterly terrible when least expected. The best sanitary measure to counter this are to always wear clean socks, wash your shoes every now and, perhaps with the help of baking soda as well, do not walk around barefoot, especially in public places and always wash your feet thoroughly. Teabags and vinegar are great combatants when it comes to shoes as well as they will soak up anything bad and make them smell brand new. In addition, try having a couple pair of shoes. Wearing the same ones every day could result in really bad odor problems and complications.

Odors and stenches can always be fought and it is never too late to get rid of them in your favorite sneakers or house. All it takes is a slight change in your daily routine, including cleaning and persistence in the matter. Our noses deserve the best and we do not have to endure any bad smell any longer! So I compel you to pick up your cleaning utensils and fight the odors residing with you! Breathe in bad smells no longer!

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    • Gibape profile imageAUTHOR

      Milady González 

      3 years ago

      Hi Bredavies

      Thank you for your feedback!

      I hope this helps you get rid of the smell forever. I have not tried all of them, but I know that the Baking Soda is great and it has worked for me when doing the washing.

      Let me know how it goes?


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      3 years ago

      My boyfriend's feet smell SOOOO bad. The last tip is something I need to try. Thank you for the advice. Great hub!


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