Every home has a unique scent. Some houses — we hate to say it — smell better than others. While it may be tricky to keep day-to-day odors at bay, there are a number of ways that you can deodorize your space. Sure, some jobs like pet messes, musty mattresses, and overflowing trash bins require some elbow grease and patience. But generally speaking, it’s fairly easy to make your house smell good — especially if you follow these tried-and-tested tips from top interior designers. And while we don’t blame you for going overboard on the candles and reed diffusers, start with one method (the stinky garbage disposal, perhaps?) and then work your way down the list if your nose isn’t satisfied.
Clean your garbage disposal.
Notice a lingering stink in your kitchen? If so, check the sink. “To get rid of the odor in your garbage disposal, spritz a dollop of lemon-scented dish soap down into the disposal, run the water, then turn it on,” says interior designer Keita Turner. You can also run lemon or lime rinds through the disposal, followed by lots of water. If the smell persists, pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda into the garbage disposal while running warm water.
Refresh carpets and rugs.
Unlike tile and hardwood floors, plush carpets absorb stench like no other, especially after countless food spills and pet messes. Sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet — not just problem areas, and let sit for a few hours before vacuuming. The same method works for pet beds and mattresses, if you want to tackle other pain points in your house.
Spruce up your trash can.
It’s no surprise that the combination of odors from leftover food and trash creates an unpleasant stench. But come to find out, sometimes it’s the trash can itself that smells. While deep cleaning your kitchen, sprinkle baking soda in your trash can or use a deodorizing pack or pod, like Fresh Wave, under the can’s liner. Finish off it off by using a disinfecting spray, like Lysol, to kill remaining bacteria.
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