Most of us become “nose blind” to our home’s various smells, so there are bound to be times you’ll want to know how to deodorize your home naturally. Maybe you have company coming over, or you’re putting your house on the market.
Or maybe the odors have grown so strong that your nose can’t ignore them anymore. Don’t panic. Here’s where to find the source of odors you’ve stopped noticing and how to treat them, so no one else notices them, either.
How To Deodorize Your Home Naturally
Why Most Air Freshener is Not a Good Idea
It’s tempting to reach for a can of air freshener and spray everything in sight. But commercial products contribute to indoor air pollution by adding over 80 air contaminants, some of which are associated with increased cancer risks.
Even store-bought products that bill themselves as “green” or “natural” aren’t necessarily safer because there are no actual certification standards for such things. So, why not take a few moments to address some of the most significant sources of sour smells naturally?
Tackle Odors at the Source
1. Trash cans: An easy way to deodorize your house is to empty your trash cans regularly. Take out kitchen trash daily and empty bathroom and bedroom wastebaskets at least once a week. Once a month, you should clean your trashcans to remove gunk and smells, too.
2. Floors: The floor is one of the bigger surfaces in our homes. It’s also where everything airborne eventually settles, so it’s no surprise that cleaning it can often take care of many household smells. Sweep hard floors then mop them using a homemade floor cleaner. Carpeted floors should be vacuumed weekly, though high-traffic areas may need it more often.
3. Drains: Kitchen pipes get filled with grease and trapped food particles, while bathroom drains accumulate soap residue and body oils. Both can give off horrible odors. Clean your drains at least monthly to prevent this.
4. Bedding: Wash Fido and Fluffy’s beds at least once a month in hot water, and be sure to use white vinegar in the rinse cycle to kill lingering odors. Wash your own family’s sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers weekly.
If your bedspread can’t be laundered, run it through the dryer on fluff between dry-cleanings to get rid of dead skin cells and hair. Give your mattress a deep-cleaning each season to deodorize it, too.
5. Upholstery: Upholstered furnishings like sofas and recliners accumulate smells, dust, and dead skin cells, also. Use an upholstery attachment to vacuum them as part of your weekly cleaning, and shampoo them at least twice a year.
6. Air filters and ducts: Too many homeowners overlook the importance of changing their air filters. Dirty air filters lead to higher electricity bills and a funky smell in the house. Change the filter at least every three months — monthly if you have allergy sufferers in the house. Once a season, clean your own air ducts to improve your indoor air, too.
7. The air itself: Let Mother Nature clean your home’s air for you by opening the windows whenever you can. If an allergy sufferer lives in your home, make sure you don’t open the windows for the two hours around sunrise and sunset when plants release most of their pollen.
Add Safe Fragrance
Once you’ve targeted the source of the odors, you can use a homemade air freshener to add a beautiful, safe scent to the air.
Although these steps to deodorize your home naturally are all rather simple, they significantly improve how your house smells. Tend to these tasks regularly, and you’ll never have to worry about guests turning up their noses the instant they step through your door.