A stinky home is just gross, and since our homes see a lot of action every day from kids to pets to dinner prep, there are a lot of odors that pass through our houses and some tend to linger longer than others. Because we get used to our living space, we may not even realize our house smells a bit off so to ensure your home won’t offend visitors, be proactive about your housekeeping.
Click through for 7 ways to ensure your house always smells amazing…
How to Make Your Home Smell Amazing for Pennies 1 of 8
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Remove Sink Stink 2 of 8
Leftover food and bacteria can build up in and around your kitchen sink drain. Make sure to keep up with washing your dishes and loading your dishwasher. Sprinkle baking soda around the sink and add some white vinegar. The baking soda will bubble up to clean the sink and the vinegar can help kill the bad smells.
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Bleach the Trash Bin 3 of 8
Even though you use a garbage bag to collect trash, smells can permeate the plastic and stick to the can for a long time. Be sure to take the can outside and hose it down from time to time. A little soak in bleach can help kill germs and bad smells. Use a disinfectant spray in the can before adding a clean bag.
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Care for the Dogs 4 of 8
Wet dog smells can linger in carpets for a long time and whenever the air gets damp, the bad smells can resurface. Make sure to dry off wet dogs before allowing them in the house and bathe them on a regular basis. Be sure to clean up any areas where there are pet stains thoroughly to remove smells, stains, and to prevent pets from using the spot again.
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Dehumidify the Space 5 of 8
Depending on the construction of your home, you may need to utilize a dehumidifier to take the extra moisture out of the air especially when you can't keep windows open to circulate fresh air. Basements especially may need additional help with moisture control will help prevent the growth and smells of mold and mildew.
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Refresh Your Fabrics 6 of 8
Your carpeting and furniture upholstery can be a prime source of bad smells. Besides spots treating your fabrics, invest in a quality machine or the services of a professional to deep clean carpeting and upholstery at least once a year. Between treatments, use a quality fabric refresher spray to remove lingering smells.
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Service Your Vents 7 of 8
If you have central heat and air in your home, be sure to clean out your ventilation system. A professional service may be the best way to get the job done right if you don't know what you are doing. Cleaning the vents will remove bad smells caused by mildew, dust, and other debris that clings to filters and in vent passages.
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Bake Something Fabulous 8 of 8
There are plenty of great smelling candles available but get the real deal by baking something great before guest stop by. Bread, pies, cakes can make the whole house smell great. You can also simmer a variety of natural ingredients on the stove top to freshen up your home like orange peels or spices.
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