No matter how often and how meticulously you clean your home, strange odors can still find their way into it and linger. Some foul scents even spread all around, making them seemingly impossible to eliminate.
But, don't stress; instead, tackle the little things first. Small and unsuspecting household items are usually the cause of a bigger stench problem. To help you out, we've listed a few of these culprits below with a few tips on how you can deal with them:
1. Refrigerator It's no suprise that the refrigerator is one of the top culprits for trapping odors. Since it serves as storage for food (which can spoil) and produce (which can easily go bad), the fridge is notorious for emitting a sour stench every now and then. To avoid this, place an open box of baking soda inside to soak up the smells. Doing so will leave the fridge smelling fresh for up to a week.
Tip:If you are having second thoughts about using baking soda, coffee grounds are a great alternative. Leave a bowl of beans in the fridge for two days and it will surely smell as good as new. Read more ways to remove refrigerator odors here.
2. Washing Machine If there is one thing that shouldn't smell in the home, it's the washing machine -- after all, we use it to clean clothes and make them smell fresh. Combat the foul smell by mixing two cups of white vinegar and two cups of bleach in a bowl and pour it down the detergent dispenser before running a hot cycle to kill all the bacteria lurking in your machine.
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Tip:Prevent odors by making sure your machine is dry before closing it after use. Moisture and the lack of air circulation inside the unit causes the mold to grow.
Did you know that storing damp towels can conjure a smell that is similar to body odor? Remove any lingering funky smell by running the hottest possible setting with one cup of apple cider vinegar. Finish off by going through your usual washing routine.
Tip:To make sure towels are dry before storing them in the bathroom closet, give it a spin through the dryer and let it air dry for a few hours before folding.
4. Drains Every homeowner who has dealt with a clogged drain knows it has a sickening odor. Clear up your pipeline (and the aroma in your bathroom!) in a snap with a mix of vinegar and baking soda. Pour it over the drain and let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing off with hot water.
5. Sponges As useful as these kitchen staples are, sponges are one of the most germ-ridden items at home. If they are left soaked in bacteria, they can leave an unbearable stink in your cooking corner. Make sure to regularly disinfect your kitchen sponge by tossing it in the microwave at least once a week or running it with the dishes in your dishwasher. Read about disinfecting kitchen sponges here.