Lingering odors can affect how much you enjoy your home or how much you might be able to sell it for.
Whether your family caused the odor in your home or you inherited a smelly room from the previous owner, you can get rid of it using a few proven methods. Avoid making the mistake of spraying an air freshener to cover up a bad smell. While it can take time to eliminate lingering odors from smoke, cooking, pets or mildew, it is possible to deodorize your home and introduce pleasing scents.
- Clean your home thoroughly using a strong cleaning solution and cleaning rags. Pay attention to places you don’t normally clean, such as inside cabinets, under sinks and along window sills. Wipe down the walls, baseboards, doors and counter tops with a 1 to 10 solution of bleach and water.
- Air out each room by opening the windows. Choose a nice day with a breeze to help move air throughout your home. Airing out the rooms will help release odors in curtains, carpets and furniture. Keep the windows open for at least an hour, or longer for particularly heavy odors.
- Pull odors out of the carpet and furniture by sprinkling baking soda onto fabric surfaces. Allow the baking soda to sit on the surfaces for several hours, even overnight if you can. The longer you leave the baking soda on, the greater the absorption. Vacuum the baking soda from the carpet and furniture, using a vacuum cleaner with a new bag. Scented baking soda products are also available, but use sparingly…they can be overwhelming!
- Fill 2 to 4 shallow bowls with fresh coffee grounds, depending on the size of the room. Shut the windows and the door to the room, then leave the bowls overnight to let the coffee grounds absorb the odor. Throw the coffee grounds away the next day. Repeat one more night with fresh coffee grounds for particularly stubborn odors.
After you think your place is smelling better, invite a friend or two over to have them do an honest sniff test. Our own noses get used to odors we are around, so get an objective schnozzola to do the test. Then be sure to bbq your next salmon OUTSIDE, not in the house!