Published on December 2nd, 2019
Think about your childhood. Whether it was your mother’s signature perfume, the smell of a roast cooking in the kitchen or glass clippings from a freshly mowed lawn, we all have that scent of our family home that triggers nice memories.
Certain smells around the home can be more pungent than pleasant, however.
We’ve sniffed out the five worst offenders, which tend to get worse when the mercury climbs.
Before you reach for the deodoriser spray, consider using our more natural methods to get rid of the smell for good and keep your home smelling fresh over the festive season.
How to Get Rid of Smells Around the Home
What You Need:
Essential Oil (optional)
The Sink Stinks
When you're rinsing plates off or washing your hands, your sink and its drain inevitably ends up with some very interesting smells.
This is a simple one! It involves putting around half a cup of Bi-Carb Soda in and down the drain, adding the juice of half a lemon, letting it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinsing the mixture down with boiling hot water.
You could add your favourite essential oil to the Bi-Carb Soda instead of the lemon to make your kitchen smell really amazing. I personally love using citrus blends - it creates a beautiful smell in and around your kitchen when done correctly.
Keep your sink fresh by pouring boiling water down there when you can. Boil an extra kettle of water next time you’re cooking pasta or fill it to the top for your next cuppa, pouring the remaining boiled water down the drain. It clears gunk from the pipes and kills some of the bacteria hiding in there. It's a really easy yet effective way of keeping things clear.
Don’t let our headline alarm you; we’re mostly referring to that stale smell in the bathroom that regular toilet cleaners just seem to mask. Here’s an inexpensive and effective tip you’re going to love.
Grab that trusty Bi-Carb Soda and pour about half a cup in. Put about 15 drops of your essential oil of choice in there as well. Make a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water and spray around the bowl, giving it a quick scrub with the toilet brush. Wait for half an hour and then flush!
Hard water stains? Use Borax instead of the Bi-Carb Soda and give it a bit more of a scrub. It also helps to try and keep on top of hard water stains - whether you use toilet cleaner or a more natural option, keeping your cleaner of choice nearby for more regular use when you think of it (after your shower, perhaps?) will help you keep on top of stains.
Hosing and disinfecting your bins regularly can be a real chore, but it feels like it’s the only way to stop the stench. Here’s some other things you can do:
Place a piece or two of paper towel or newspaper at the bottom of the bin to catch any leaks.
Sprinkle Bi-Carb Soda or place lemon quarters at the bottom of the bin; just make sure you remove them when you empty the bin. They will certainly help to keep the smells away.
If you have a cat at home, steal some kitty litter and sprinkle on the bin base. It works really well!
Care for Your Carpets and Mattress
You can use the same mixture on your carpet and your mattress – you’ll just need to mix up the method a little.
Step 01To start, vacuum the carpet as thoroughly as you can, ensuring you remove loose dirt and any debris.
Step 02Combine a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil (Peppermint or a citrus variety will also work well) with around 1 cup of Bi-Carb Soda.
Step 03Sprinkle the above mixture onto both the carpet and the mattress. You’ll need to leave the mixture on the mattress for about 30 minutes and on the carpet for a couple of hours – just ensure that any kids and pets stay off the floors during this time.
Step 04Give the mattress and the carpet a thorough vacuum to finish off and you’re done!
Bi-Carb Soda is great at absorbing odours, while your essential oil of choice will give your home a lovely, fresh scent.
Fridge is Smelling Funky
Our fridges can create myriad smells, whether it is from expired food or spills that may have occurred.
There is nothing pleasant about opening up the fridge door and a horrendous smell hitting you all at once.
Empty everything out of the fridge (do it a day or two before shopping day so there’s less in there!) and spray the trays with a mix of hot water and white vinegar.
Leave it for 15 minutes or so while you clean the outside of the fridge. Wipe down with paper towels.
Another recommendation? Saturate a cotton ball in lemon juice and leave in the fridge overnight. You could also leave an open container of Bi-Carb Soda in the fridge for a day or so – it’s fantastic at soaking up odours and keeping your fridge super fresh.
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