Have you ever gotten home from work, looking forward to a relaxing evening and opened the door to your home and found a smelly house? A smelly house doesn’t welcome you home or invite your guests to come in. If you don’t know the source of the bad odor, you could spend hours trying to find the bad smell. Here’s a smelly house remedy to help you remove the bad odors and get your house smelling clean and fresh again naturally.
Have you ever wondered, “how do I get rid of a bad smell in my house?” I’ll show you how to remove bad smells from your house by starting with isolating the bad smell and then taking steps to add a fresh clean scent to your home.
Here are the quick and easy tips to remedy your smelly house.
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What causes bad smells in your home?
Bad smells and foul odors come into our homes from a variety of causes.
- Kitchens can have wonderful smells like our favorite dinner or fresh baked cookies. But sometimes the foods we cook (like fish) can cause bad smells, too. Spoiled and rotten foods also cause bad and stinky smells.
- Baby diaper pails are very stinky and need to be emptied once every day or two.
- Trapped water and spoiled food in the kitchen garbage disposal or dishwasher can also be stinky.
- Our kids can have wet and sweaty clothes that smell bad. Don’t forget the stinky shoes and socks.
- If not cleaned frequently, bathrooms can be smelly.
- Pets can be smelly and cause our homes to smell bad. If not bathed frequently, dogs can leave your home with “dog” smell. Cats and birds must have their litter areas cleaned daily.
These are just a few examples of everyday things that cause our homes to smell stinky.
But, with a little effort, you can remove the bad smells in your house and have a fresh clean smelling house.
How to Remove Bad Odors In Your House Naturally
Have a weekly cleaning plan
One of the easiest ways to keep your home smelling fresh is to have a weekly cleaning plan. The more frequently you clean your home the less likely you will have bad smells.
When you clean, use natural cleaners like Mrs. Meyers and Method. I love these natural cleaners that don’t have harsh chemicals and have soft, clean scents like lemon verbena, lavender, honeysuckle and many more. After cleaning with these products my home has a fresh and natural scent.
Focus on High Traffic Areas
The kitchen and bathroom are both rooms used frequently all day long and both can cause stinky smells.
In the kitchen, use your over the stove fan when cooking to reduce smells.
After cooking, clean up immediately. Wash pots and pans, don’t leave strong smelling food out on the counters. Wipe down countertops with a multi-purpose cleaner like Method Multi-purpose cleaner (Pink Grapefruit is one of my favorites scents).
In the bathroom, do a quick 5-minute clean-up and wipe down counters every day.
Teach your kids to hang up all damp towels after baths and showers.
All dirty and sweaty clothes should be placed in laundry hampers or taken straight to the wash area.
A natural air freshener like Mrs. Meyers Room Freshener is perfect for getting rid of stinky bathroom smells.
Daily Bedroom Clean Ups
Dirty, damp and sweaty clothes quickly start to smell bad.
If you see dirty clothes on the floor or out of place, train your kids to put all dirty clothes in the hamper. Since I live in Florida, if things are wet I sometimes wash wet items right away to reduce the chance of mildew stains.
If you have a baby or toddler (still in diapers), don’t forget to empty the diaper pail frequently and spray with a deodorizer.
Keep the Pets Fresh
Pets are wonderful to have in the home. Our kids love our cats. But, if you don’t have a plan for daily pet clean-up they can make you home smelly.
For dogs, be sure you (or your kids if they are old enough) wash your dog as needed. Frequently, walk the dog to avoid accidents and keep any indoor crates clean.
For cats, the litter box should be scooped daily. This is a great daily chore for kids.
For birds, turtles and other small pets, cages will need to be cleaned daily, too.
Natural Air Fresheners
After you have cleaned, it’s nice to use candles to keep your home smelling fresh. Soft smelling candles leave a light fragrance in the air that’s clean and fresh.
Candles are also relaxing and calming. You can try these natural Mrs. Meyers soy candles for a fresh clean smell in your house.
You can also use natural air freshener sprays (great for bathrooms, mud rooms).
Fresh cut flowers are also one of my favorite ways to add a natural air freshener and soft fragrance to the air (and they look pretty, too).
How do you remove bad smells from your home? How do you keep your home smelly fresh naturally?