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How to reduce indoor odors

June 1st, 2017

Between your furry friends, gross teenagers (or husbands), and fish taco night, it’s hard to keep your home smelling fresh and inviting. We promise you, there are SAFE ways to reduce or eliminate odors in your home. It's important to attack the odors head-on, rather than mask them with things like candles or spray. We’ve provided some quick tips and tricks to reduce smells in your humble abode.

  • Change your air filter(s) on a regular schedule. The air in your home cycles through your air filter(s) multiple times per day. If your air filter is not clogged or saturated, it will do a great job of capturing contaminants and pollutants that can make your home stink.
  • Simmer a bowl of vinegar on the stove. This neutralizes odors, rather than masking them, like burning vanilla or cinnamon do.
  • Steam clean soft surfaces: drapes, curtains, sofas! Steam them all! These items often get neglected in the cleaning process. Steam cleaning them is effective at eliminating dirt, dust, and odors.
  • Neutralize your stinkiest rooms by placing a mixture of 3-parts water, 10 drops of citrus oil, and 1-part cheap vodka in a decorative bowl. This is especially effective in rooms with strong foot or body odors like mudrooms and laundry rooms.
  • If you, anyone that lives in your home, or your guests/visitors smoke, do so outdoors. We cannot stress this enough. Do. Not. Smoke. In. Your. Home. Cigarette smoke clings to all porous surfaces, including walls.
    • Even if people smoke outside of your home, the smoke can come in through the window, so it is best to smoke away from open windows and doors when smoking outside of your home.
  • Pets can add all sorts of smells to a home. Here is a complete guide on reducing pet smells in the home.
  • If you have a garbage disposal, do not put carrot peelings, onion peelings, or potato skins down there. Not only can they block up your disposal, but they cause a horrible stink when they begin to decay.
  • Sometimes your garbage can will begin to stink. A simple fix is washing it with white vinegar and water, this will eliminate any leftover odors.
  • If your laundry basket is filled with stinky clothes, consider sprinkling some washing soda onto the pile until you get around to washing them, as this will neutralize the smells.
  • TIP: Do not burn candles! They only mask smells and odors PLUS most candles release harmful particles and contaminants into the environment that can be dangerous to you and your family's lungs.