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November
14

Burning a candle only goes so far. Here are some natural options for removing bad odors from your home.

No one wants their home to smell bad. Unfortunately, Americans spend a small fortune annually trying to mask odors with fragrances, be it in the bathroom, kitchen, or elsewhere. We burn scented candles; we buy pricey scent dispensers, or we purchase expensive "patented process" odor elimination systems to do the heavier jobs.

But the good news for those shopping Beavercreek homes for sale or for those who already live in Beavercreek is that you can expel household odors naturally. Our REALTORS® can suggest several natural means for deodorizing your home, so let's get started.

  1. Avoid scented cleaners.
    Scented cleaners are hard to avoid, but with a little diligence you can find green cleaners that are fragrance-free. Another popular natural cleaner is vinegar. Vinegar, of course, has an odor, but it's really preferable to perfumes; there are many recipes online for mixing vinegar with water and cleaning windows, walls, carpets, and more. Castile soap and water is another natural cleaner.

  2. Flush toilets, run taps daily whether they're used or not.
    The water that sits in the toilet or the sink pipes can start giving off an odor; further, it can lead to mold. So flush the toilets and run the sinks through the pipes daily. You can also clean the bathroom sink pipes weekly by pouring some baking soda down the pipe, then adding some white distilled vinegar and letting it froth for a while, then running cold water through.

  3. Do you smell mold or mildew?
    If you don't have a plumbing or ceiling leak, the culprit still could be in the bathroom. Spray the shower grout with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide; let it sit for a bit, then scrub it away. You can also use oxygen bleach but not chlorine bleach. If this isn't where the mold, mildew, or fungus spores are originating, go on the prowl. Look at the bottoms of shampoo bottles. Look in the toilet. And by the way, you can also use distilled white vinegar for this chore. It will kill most of the mold or mildew.
    Also, install exhaust ventilation over the range or in the bathroom (make sure it exhausts to the outdoors, not into the attic). Keep the humidity level below 50 percent in your home (an inexpensive hygrometer will tell you the humidity level if you don't have sensors through your HVAC).

  4. Use an open container of baking soda in the fridge.
    Or course, you know this trick. The odor-absorbing baking soda is useful for other tasks listed below after it's been in the fridge for three months.

  5. Clean garbage disposal with baking soda.
    Another good use for baking soda after it loses its effectiveness is in the garbage disposal. Pour some in; follow it up with distilled white vinegar, then rinse with cold water. A couple of slices of lemon or lime can also freshen that rank-smelling disposal.

  6. Use activated charcoal.
    An HVAC filter is on the market that uses activated charcoal to absorb gases like cigarette smoke and volatile organic compounds released by pressed wood, household cleaners, and other sources. Activated charcoal can also be used in the refrigerator to absorb odors.

  7. Move smelly garbage to the garage.
    If you have to put food waste in the garbage, and it's going to be a while before it gets picked up, it will smell. Develop a system for putting this garbage in the garage, in strong bags, and out of the sun so it doesn't cook and rot outdoors. You may use the disposal, but many foods damage impellers, so beware.

Need more tips? Contact Wright-Patt Realty today.