Bust Bad Odors in Your Home

When you realize that there’s a bad smell in your home, you immediately want to find the source. Sometimes, it’s obvious, and you can quickly deal with it. On other occasions, even when you follow your nose, it’s hard to identify the cause or find a quick solution. You don’t want to have to put up with bad odors in your home, so discovering what’s causing it and how you can fix it is essential. Either way, you want to bust bad odors in your home, asap!

There are lots of different things that could lead to an unwelcome stench so it can take some investigation. But here are some things you could do to fix it.


Check the Plumbing

Problems with your plumbing or bathroom could be one of the major causes of the mystery bad smell. A clogged up trash compactor, a blocked drain or your toilet could all be creating unpleasant smells. If you have a blocked drain, unblocking it is obviously your priority. Drain unblocking products can be harsh on your pipes, though. If you want something more natural and gentle, baking soda can be used as an alternative. Start with a cup of baking soda, followed by two cups of boiling water. Then another cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar, before plugging the sink. It should fizz away and clear the drain. You can then flush it with more boiling water.

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Can you believe that the kitchen sink is a common source of foul odor in the home?

Improve Ventilation

Sometimes, bad smells hang around because there’s nowhere else for them to go. Better ventilation, particularly in rooms like your bathroom or kitchen, can make a big difference. Just opening up a window can help, but it’s not always the most convenient option. It can make it cold, and it also makes it unsafe for pets and small children. Installing an extractor fan is another option, which also helps to remove excess moisture from your home. It’s great if you cook a lot or like to take steamy showers.

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An extractor fan will pull out bad odors.

Service Appliances

Some appliances can create terrible odors if they’re not working as they should. Dishwashers, washing machines and more can collect dirt and grime or suffer from stagnant water problems. You might benefit from an appliance repair service to take care of any issues that have arisen. Professional repairs are sometimes necessary, but there are a few problems you might be able to take care of on your own. Some appliances simply need to be cleaned.

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Stagnant water that lies in your appliances can cause a sour smell.

Get Rid of Lingering Smells

The original source of your bad smell might not even be there anymore. Or perhaps it is, but it’s your dog or cat – so you can’t get rid of it. If a bad odor is lingering, there are ways to deodorize your home. You can use all kinds of natural scents, such as essential oils in a diffuser. Sometimes, odors might hang around in fabrics so cleaning carpets, upholstered furniture, and other textiles can help. But if you don’t know the original source of the smell, it’s a good idea to find what it is so you can prevent it from happening again.

Check fabrics, such as pillows, quilts, and upholstered furniture for lingering odor. Their porous nature absorbs smells.

Find out the cause of bad odors in your home, and you can work out the best ways to tackle them. It might not be as difficult as you think.

Special thanks to our contributor for sending us this article. Smells in the house can be so embarrassing. We’ve never discussed this topic so candidly before! How do you eliminate odors in your home? Please share!

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