Few things in a home are worse than unpleasant or unidentified odors. They can ruin meals, hit our stress-centers, and make for awkward conversations and excuses, not to mention they could also indicate significant home hygiene and health issues. Fortunately, if you are faced with an odorous situation, we at Minch have a few tips for identifying the causes of mysterious domestic odors and eliminating the smells naturally. We also provide the best commercial cleaning services in the Philadelphia area, so our cleaning pros can get rid of any stubborn, super-strong smells when you need them!
Read on to learn more about how to eliminate bad odors from your home with common cleaning materials.
The Garbage Disposal
When your sink begins to smell rancid, it is probably because of the garbage disposal. It may not come as a surprise, but your garbage disposal grinds up foods with their own sets of smells, and the odors only worsen when they get caught in the drain or disposal and begin to rot. Even if the food is gone, the residue can build up over time, leading to the same problem.
Clean out the disposal and clear any drain clogs, if present. Then, cut strips of lemon or lime rinds and grind them completely, washing away any remaining pieces with cold, running water.
The Trash Can
Garbage smells bad. It’s just a fact of life. However, sometimes the odors can become a bit too much, and you need to take action before it either drives you crazy or becomes a topic of discussion during a dinner party!
Sprinkle baking soda directly in the trash. If that doesn’t work, take out the trash and scrub inside of the trash can with a safe cleaning solution (1 qt. Warm water & 4 tbsp. Baking soda). In a pinch, you can throw some baking soda in the bottom of your trash can, but every now and then, it needs a good scrub.
Cats & Dogs
Pets rub themselves against everything, meaning that their odors can quickly become the signature scent of your home if you don’t take care to deodorize the offending animals and get rid of the hair and dander.
For dogs, make sure that you are giving them baths according to your vet’s recommendations. In between washes, you can dry shampoo them with baking soda, rub it in, and brush it out for a safe and effective deodorizer. For cats, you just need to vacuum up dander, wash your sheets, and clean your carpets regularly. Cats are usually very hygienic animals, but getting your floors, furniture, and linen washed can help keep their odors at bay.