There’s nothing more unprofessional or unattractive than arriving at work or at a social gathering than smelling some kind of way. We don’t mean the good kind. The way you look is important, but the way you smell says more. Whether it’s you, your clothes or your home. If you don’t take care of personal details, you give the impression that you take shortcuts and miss important points. Your home is your comfort zone. It should feel and smell like your safe haven, and not a cafeteria.
Messy and smelly is not what you think of when picturing the perfect home. We’ve discussed how to make your clothes and your home look great in previous blog posts, but we haven’t addressed another, sometimes embarrassing issue that can give you and your home a bad rep: unpleasant odors. In this post, we’ll tackle that issue.
TREATING UNPLEASANT ODORS ON YOUR CLOTHES AND IN YOUR HOME
The first step to treating odor in your home is to figure out where the odor is coming from. Is it your kitchen, furniture, curtains, carpet, bed or something else? There are some tricks you can use to freshen the air in your home, but if the smell is coming from fabric, your best bet is to wash them.
#1 AIR IT OUT
This is the most obvious, but don’t underestimate the power of airing out your home. When you leave for work (assuming no pets or housemates will be staying there), open windows on both sides of your home and let the air flow through. Do make sure your windows are not in the rain zone. You don’t want a mess when you get back home.
#2 ABSORBING ODORS
To absorb stubborn odors, leave a small bowl on the kitchen counter and/or tables in other rooms filled with white vinegar, baking soda or coffee grounds before you go to bed. Any of the 3 will significantly reduce the cooking smells by morning.
#3 CLEAR THE AIR
In a small pan, boil 1 cup water with 1 cup of vinegar. This will eliminate the strong odor from your home. If your carpet or couch smells, make the same mixture in a spray bottle and spray it over the surfaces. You can also boil some cinnamon, lemon, and or oranges to give your home a nice and natural smell. This will block out the strong odor you’re trying to get rid of. You can also do this just to get your home smelling nice.
#4 NOTHING A WASH CAN’T FIX
For the fabric covered items in your home, you can simply wash them. This includes your bed sheets, comforters, pillows, curtains and carpet. Some of these items may be too big to fit in your regular washing machine, so you may want to use a local cleaning service. It’s important regardless of odors to wash your curtains at least every 6 months to prevent allergies.