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Common Household Odors and How to Get Rid of Them

Soon the cold weather will be arriving and we will be closing our doors and windows for the winter ahead. Our sense of smell may alert us to some potential dangers that can lurk in our house, causing people to suffer from allergic reactions. Here’s how to remove or neutralize many of the odors around your home and in your vehicles.


Cigarette Smoke

The smell of cigarettes in your carpet and upholstery can stick around for a long time, even after the smoker has gone away.  You can get most smells out of carpets, upholstery and rugs by sprinkling a liberal amount of baking soda over the affected area. Let it sit for a couple of hours, giving it time to soak up the odor. Then, shake it out and vacuum all the small partials. If this doesn’t help, you probably have to rent a steam cleaning machine- it’s the only way to get through to the padding.

Stale Odor in the Refrigerator

Most people know that keeping an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator will neutralize bad odors.  If that isn’t working put some activated charcoal, you can find it at most home stores.  For a cleaning disinfectant, a strong vinegar solution works well for the inside of the fridge. The vinegar odor will dissipate in a few hours

Garbage Disposal Odor

Grinding orange peels or left over coffee grinds in your garbage disposal may help with that rotten odor. Pour vinegar down the disposal while it’s running or you can freeze the vinegar into ice cubes and let the disposal chop them up is another option.

Decaying Animal Sent

Who knew one tiny dead mouse can be the culprit of such a bad rot and decay scent? They hide behind appliances, behind walls, under homes, and in the chimney. If you can’t find the animal, call an exterminator. They are experts at locating and removing dead animals.

Pet Smells

Pet urine or vomit on carpets and upholstery can be tricky. If you can get it immediately, first put on a pair of rubber gloves and blot with a towel. Then spray the area with 3-parts cold water/ 1 part vinegar solution and blot (don’t rub in). Repeat until the smell disappears.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

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