It’s a lazy Saturday morning. Not quite late enough to start your weekend chores, but not quite early enough to go back to bed. You saunter into your living room, and with a stretch and a yawn, you sink into your favorite chair. Eyes half closed with sleep you take a deep breath and smell something.
Your home can take on different appearances and odors in your time there. But if you’re looking for some quick ways to get rid of those funny smells, follow these tips from the HVAC specialists at Legacy Air Conditioning and Heating in New Braunfels.
Sayonara Smelly Bathroom
Your bathroom naturally gets kinda smelly by virtue of what goes on in there. That doesn’t mean it has to stay smelly, however.
Start by cleaning out your toilet. Consider using a gentle cleanser that’s free from any chemicals or artificial ingredients. Not only is this healthier for you in the long-run, but it’s also actually better for the quality of your indoor air, as you’re not putting any chemicals into the air.
Refresh your towels with clean ones at least once a week, if not every three days. Unwashed towels are breeding grounds for odors, bacteria, and more.
For an easy way to enjoy a fresh scent every time you use the bathroom, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil inside your toilet paper roll tube. So long as you put your toilet paper facing the right direction, you’ll enjoy a nicer smelling bathroom.
Au Revoir Bedroom Odors
We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so naturally, it will start to smell a little musty and dusty if we don’t do anything about it. The source of these smells come in some obvious, and not so obvious places.
If your bed smells a little odd, it might be your sheets. But if after giving them a thorough washing, your bed still smells, it’s likely your mattress. Fortunately, you can rid your mattress of these odors pretty quickly. Just shake a cup of bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, onto your mattress. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then vacuum the baking soda with the brush attachment. This should lift any of the odors.
The clothes hanging in your closet, resting on your designated “not-dirty-but-not-really-clean” clothes chair, or even the heap on the floor can also harbor smells. Tuck some new dryer sheets into the pockets of your coats and sweaters, and throw a few in your shoes too. You can also use some tea bags hung along the rail in your closet. This will help to diffuse some of the smells.
Farewell Kitchen Funk
Between the fresh foods, and maybe the rotting ones, in your kitchen, it’s no wonder that this space can be one of the most odorific in your entire home.
Start by giving your trash and recycle cans a good rinse. Take them outside and clean them out with warm water and white vinegar. If it isn’t quite trash day, and you don’t want to disturb the bag, drop a few coffee grounds in the trash can. This helps to neutralize odors.
Your disposal stores a lot of half-eaten or decaying food, even after you’ve run it. If your disposal stinks, dispose the odor by putting some leftover citrus rinds down there and running it. If that doesn’t work, pour about a half-cup of salt down the disposal and turn it own. The salt helps to loosen up any built up food and garbage in the blades and pipes.
For those who like to cook, the smell of meals long-past might not be a pleasant one. For smoke odor mitigation near the stove, as well as other odors, try putting a half-cup of vinegar in a quart of water and letting it boil on the stove. While it simmers for a few minutes, you’ll notice the smell of burnt food start to disappear, and you’ll loosen any cooked on food in the pot while you’re at it.
Bye-Bye Living Room Balm
As the social hub for your home, smells can build up fast in your living room. But you don’t have to tolerate it any longer!
For the smell of cigarette smell, you can help to get some of the smell out by dampening a hand towel with white vinegar. Spin the towel in the air and walk around the room. It helps to clear the air of the lingering scent, and vinegar doesn’t introduce any harmful chemicals into the air.
For blankets and couch cushions that are frequented by your pets, take a half-cup of vinegar and add it to the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine. Your blankets and covers will smell fresh in no time!
Schedule Your HVAC Maintenance Today
Of course, one of the easiest ways to rid your home of rank and reek smells is to keep your HVAC system up to snuff. Contact the specialists at Legacy AC and Heating today. We can repair, service, and replace your HVAC systems, helping you to breathe easy throughout the day. Call now!