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12 Tips to eliminate bad smells from your home

Many times when we enter the house we notice that there are bad smells, this can be due to various causes such as poor ventilation, the smell of some appliances, damp cloths and towels ... and a host of other things.

For this reason, Effective Cleaning Services would like to give you some advice on how to eliminate odours or prevent them from appearing.

1- Ventilate the house daily to eliminate bad smells

Ventilating the house is essential to remove the concentration of odours. It is recommended that it is crossed, that is to say, that there is a current between the different rooms. This should be done for 15 to 20 minutes in order to renew the air.

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2- Clean the bathroom, kitchen and laundry area daily.

Hygiene in areas such as these is essential to control odours in the house. Used crockery, damp cloths or towels, rubbish bags... all the elements that generate the most odours tend to accumulate in these areas.

3- Keep clothes completely dry

We tend to keep washed clothes a bit damp and then our wardrobes smell. Always make sure you keep your clothes completely dry to avoid damp smells.

4- Cleaning shoes and shoe rack

Shoes often cause an unpleasant smell, so they need to be washed regularly. If we have a shoe rack, it should also be washed.

Another way to avoid this smell is to leave the shoes in the window so that the smell stays outside.

5- Change bathroom towels and tea towels weekly.

It is common to have a bad smell in the bathroom because of damp towels. We take showers and leave them to dry in a space that has no ventilation, which causes this bad smell.

The same thing happens with kitchen towels. After drying our hands or dishes, we tend to leave them hanging or on the worktop so that they do not dry properly. This causes bad smells and increases bacteria.

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6- Place air fresheners

Placing scented candles or air fresheners around the house is a good option, as they neutralise unpleasant odours. Aromatic plants and flowers are also another option to give scent and colour to your home.

7- Avoid putting dishes with food leftovers in the dishwasher

To prevent this appliance from giving off a bad smell, here are a few tips:

  • Use a dishwasher air freshener.

  • Soak the dishes before putting them in.

  • Clean the filters every 15 days.

Do not close it when the washing up is done, try to leave it open for a few minutes to ventilate the humidity.

8- Take out the rubbish daily and clean the rubbish bin.

Rubbish should be taken out daily, don't take it out when it is overflowing, so it is better to buy small bags.

On the other hand, it is important to clean the rubbish bin every week, as there are always leftovers or bad smells. The best thing to do is to wash it with equal parts very hot water and vinegar. Rub it well inside and out and then dry it.

9- Wash curtains and carpets

If you are worried about the bad smell of tobacco, damp... in your home, remember that this usually permeates textiles. The advice is to wash the curtains, carpets and sofa upholstery every month or two months, depending on whether there are smokers in the house, you are in a place with a lot of humidity or there are pets.

10- Avoid bad smells in the fridge

We often open the fridge and notice certain bad smells. For this reason, every one or two weeks, you should empty the fridge, check which products may be going bad, out of date, etc., and clean it. Afterwards, clean the inside of the fridge with hot water and soap.

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11- Musty smell

If our house smells very damp, it is important to know the origin of this smell and if it is caused by a leak, we should call in specialists to solve it.

If the smell is slight, we can do the following:

  • Ventilate the space every day.

  • Buy dehumidifiers.

12- Bad pet odours

If you have a pet, it is important to maintain hygiene in the place where they sleep. Therefore, as well as bathing your pet once a week or every fortnight, you should also wash the place where they sleep, their blanket, if they have a space on the sofa...

We hope that these thirteen tips will help you to eliminate bad smells from your home, but if not, it is advisable to hire professional cleaners to carry out general or deep cleanings to put an end to these smells.


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