Have you ever felt like there was always an odour lingering around no matter how many times you undertake a house cleaning?

That’s because smells have a way of sticking to fabric and staying in your home making them really hard to get rid of. 

So here’s our quick guide of 5 easy tips to make your home an odour free zone!

First, Identify Problem Areas

It makes sense, doesn’t it? Before you try to get rid of these unwanted smells, you need first to figure out where they’re coming from, and what’s causing them. 

There are certain areas in your home that harbour them, like:

  • Furniture
  • Soft furnishings
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Basement
  • Closets, cabinetry and windowsills
  • Air vents 

It’s important to thoroughly check areas that see moisture – like sinks and showers etc., for mould and mildew growth too. 

Next, Deep Clean These Problem Areas

Once you identify the source of these odours, it’s time to tackle them once and for all. 

Furniture

Crumbs, dust and even a stray sock or two. Plenty of dirt, used items of clothing, and knick-knacks can fall behind pieces of furniture, under beds, or even through cushioning of sofas and chairs. 

Upholstered areas and mattresses tend to absorb a lot of moisture, like sweat and spillages, creating musty aromas over time. 

An easy tip is to use baking soda – it’s a great refresher for fabrics. All you need to do is sprinkle it over your mattress and couch, and let it sit for a few minutes. Vacuum, and poof! – all those distasteful aromas vanish!

Soft Furnishings

Carpets hold a lot of dirt, pet aromas and even food crumbs too. To take care of these areas, you have to vacuum regularly, try the baking soda hack, and have a routine carpet cleaning done (if carpets cover a large area in your home). 

As for other furnishings like curtains and throws, send them to the cleaners or wash them at home every few weeks to eliminate odours. 

Kitchen

The first place you should tackle is your trash can. We usually forget to clean the bin, assuming that trash bags protect the bin, ignoring minor spills that could have occurred.

We suggest a monthly spray down with water, followed by some disinfectant to kill any bacteria. 

Next up is your fridge. When you finish up with a meal, the food goes straight into the refrigerator. However, smells of poorly packed, pungent foods – like cheeses go through the cooling vents of the fridge and spread everywhere. 

Aside from a routine deep clean;

  • Make sure you pack food properly
  • Leave in an open box of trusty baking soda overnight
  • Slice a lemon into quarters and place it in different sections of your fridge and freezer overnight.

Finally, there’s your dishwasher. We assume that since our plates are being washed inside the dishwasher, the whole appliance is clean too, but that’s not the case. However, bits of food accumulate in drains during the washing process, so remember always to rinse dishes after using them. 

Bathrooms

Bathrooms see a lot of moisture and mould build-up, leading to foul smells and a generally unhygienic environment. 

Ensure that you clean your bathrooms regularly and use high-quality disinfectants to keep the area clean and smelling fresh. 

Leave windows open to allow ventilation and even use bathroom air fresheners if needed. 

However, if you still find unpleasant smells, it might be the drainage system. In this case, you’ll have to call in your plumber to help sort it out. 

Basement

If you use your basement to store old memorabilia, furniture and other items, you likely spend very little time there. 

This means that not only is there a lack of ventilation, but that mice and rats may have made your basement their home.

Go through all items stored in the basement, get rid of things you don’t need or want, and ensure a routine house cleaning.

Closets and cabinetry

We store all our clothes in our closets, pet food, bedding and toys in cabinets and shoes in our shoe drawers. 

The lack of ventilation creates a musty, stuffy aroma in these areas. 

Ensure that you space out items in your closest as far as possible. Also, use air freshener packs and silica gel packs to help deal with moisture. 

You can also use moth repellents to ensure that your clothes stay well-preserved.

And Then, Check The Airflow

One of the best ways to get rid of bad smells is by opening up those curtains and windows and letting all the sunshine and fresh air in.

Sunlight is a natural bacteria killer. Fresh air circulation helps refresh your home, letting all those nasty smells out. 

Maintain A House Cleaning Routine

The most helpful tip is to keep all areas of your house clean. You don’t have to do it all at once. Instead, you can create a schedule for carpet and soft furnishing cleanings once every 3 months, a deep clean twice a year and so on. Make sure you schedule a professional house cleaning. 

These services can get to hard-to-reach areas. The service providers will know the right tools and solutions and ensure that every last bit of dirt and grime is removed from your home. 

Finally, Sanitise!

To ensure your home is clean and hygienic, use sanitisers on your countertops, floors, bathrooms, and pet litter boxes! 

There are a variety of child and pet-safe options available out there, or you can make your own too! 

  1. Make a DIY cleaning spray by mixing vinegar, citrus peels, herbs (like lemongrass and citronella, known for their insect repelling properties) and a little water in a spray bottle – and use as needed. 
  2. Add small bits of activated charcoal to muslin bags, or make small pouches of it using a cheesecloth and place them in different areas of your home to help keep musty smells at bay.
  3. To keep the fresh smell, you can simmer citrus peels in water over your stove to have that fresh citrus smell.