Ways to tackle household odors

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We've all had the displeasure of having a bad smell in the house. You may not know where it's coming from immediately, but you know you want it gone as soon as possible. Even though odours are not something we like to deal with, they can alert us to something going on in our home that could lead to bigger problems. For example, if there's a foul odour coming from your bathroom, it could be telling you that your sink is backed up or even your toilet and that it needs some professional attention. Or, if there's a stench in your laundry room, your washing machine might need a cleaning. Odors are what is known as gaseous molecules that float in the air. So whatever is producing these molecules will is sending them out, and they will eventually hit our noses. There's also the belief that all pleasing scents are good, which is not true. Some of the nicest smelling air fresheners and candles contain so many chemicals that are not good for your health. These air fresheners also just cover up scents rather than taking care of the root cause of them.

A lot of the time, odours are caused by ventilation problems in the home. The scent will be in the air, and it will just linger there until the source is taken care of. This is when it's a good idea to get the air flowing throughout your home. You can do this by opening the windows in your home, even if it's just a bit if the weather is cold. Woman's Day also recommends to open the windows only halfway which will give you a natural airflow and create a cross-breeze coming into your house and going out, taking those odours with it. The cross breeze can also be created by opening two outside doors in your home on opposite ends of the house, or one window and one door. You can also get an air filtration system in your home, or, if you have an air conditioning unit just turn that on since it will have a HEPA filter in it. The HEPA filter will remove 99.97% of airborne particles. One of the simple life hacks from Woman's Day says to run it on low, and to make sure that you clean the filter and replace it as needed.

If you don't have an air conditioning unit, you can also use fans placed strategically in your home. Just put fans in the door way of the room with the odour in it blowing the air out of the room to carry the odour out of the room. Then, make sure you have your window open, or if you have an air conditioner, you can turn it on and have the fan going at the same time. You should also take care of whatever is causing the odour, so if your garbage is causing the issue, then take it out of the house even if the bag isn't full and wash out your garbage can with some vinegar, dish soap and warm water. The vinegar will help to kill the odours naturally, and the dish soap will clean up any food spills and grease. You can also get rid of odours with baking soda. There are many cleaning tips, and simple life hacks involving baking soda for it's deodorizing benefits. If you have a smelly mattress, for example, you can sprinkle some baking soda all over it and let it sit for 30 minutes or so and then vacuum it up. Hopefully, you will find these cleaning tips helpful, and you'll be able to get rid of the odours in your home.***

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