It is essential that your home smells as good as it looks. Just like an uncluttered living space, an odour-free home too uplifts one’s spirits and helps in making the environment more positive. There are several factors that could be accountable for an odour in your home. Getting rid of them can be easy if you are aware of some simple hacks to tackle it.
Smell is developed from many sources and at times, it also gets absorbed by the furniture or the walls of the house, making it tougher to get rid of the odour resulting in a suffocating and negative ambience.
The odour can be controlled and tackled with various props that are already in your house coupled with some products available in the market. To maintain an odour-free home, one should keep basic things in mind like washing the main door mat on a daily basis especially if you have a high footfall of guests in your house. Doormats are not only the source of stench, but also carry several germs. You could shampoo your curtains once a week to keep it dust and germ-free as well as to avoid its stink. As the bathroom is frequently used, cleaning it regularly with a fragrant detergent or any bathroom cleaner will make your bathroom germ-free and leave a fragrance.
Toxin-free air fresheners available in the market are ideal too, especially if you have kids and pets in the house. Choose floral or fruity fragrances as they give a more natural and fresh feel. If you are a pet lover, make sure that your pets are bathed regularly and use body mists that are pet-friendly on them so that their coat smells fresh at all points of time. You can also spray an air neutralizer which is aroma free and eliminates odour, however, as it is inflammable make sure the gas cylinder is switched off. Also keeping naphthalene balls in the furniture is a good idea. You can place them in the corners of the house too.
Several ingredients from your kitchen can work wonders too. For instance, if your home has carpets and heavy tapestry work, vacuuming is not enough as they absorb odour instead, you can put baking soda on the fabrics and keep it overnight. Diluted Vinegar with 3:1 ratio can be used to mop the floor as it is an excellent disinfectant and removes the odour. However, In case you have marble flooring, avoid vinegar as it erodes the stone. Bowl of vinegar can also be used along with few orange peels to keep the oven odour-free.
Wash the kitchen countertop as well as chopping board with lime and put the lemons down the drain will do wonders to avoid the smell of food around the kitchen sink. For wet garbage, you can put orange peels along with it to avoid the foul smell.
One can also install air filters and chimneys especially if your home has less ventilation. Keep the windows open. The sun is the biggest disinfectant available and sunlight will also eliminate odour from the house.
Aroma candles, incense sticks, aroma diffuser, dhups, camphor, sandalwood etc. are popular air fresheners that can work wonders too.
Author’s note: Ajay Agarwal heads the Geopreneur Design Studio, a sub-division of Geoprenuer Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of construction.
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