Ugh....Getting our Fox Valley homes opened up and cleaned out after a long winter can feel liberating, but sometimes we overlook the odors that are lurking in our homes. Our mother's have always told us that the biggest indicator's of cleanliness are odors. But what are the odors stemming from? This is critical as some odors can literally permeate through all porous surfaces of your home making it extremely difficult to "Quell the Smell"! Is it simply Johnny's stinky shoes and socks left by the back door or is it something far more serious like a leaky sewage valve? So you see, identifying the source of your odor is key to not only eliminating the odor, but making sure that the problem itself is taken care of in it's entirety so that it will not surface again to cause major issues.
If you're having common odor issues in your home, here are some great, easy remedy's to deal with them:
LEMON- Mmmm....A natural disinfectant that smells so citrusy good, can do so much to get rid of odors. Did you have a smelly fish or seafood dinner? Boil 2 Cups of water, add Lemon Peel and 3 TBSP Baking Soda....your fishy smell will start to disipate. Use the rest of your Lemon (sqeeze the juice) into a spray bottle and use as a mixture to clean kitchen counter tops, appliances, and cutting boards.
VINEGAR- My personal favorite! This multi-purpose product is FANTASTIC, but we're going to start with where it's really useful...the DREADED REFRIGERATOR! If you'd rather do just about anything else than clean out your refrigerator, than grab the Vinegar, this guy is going to be your Best Bud! Throw out your expired food, and wipe down the entire inside with vinegar. Proceed to put a box of Baking Soda in the fridge to help keep future odors at bay!
COFFEE GROUNDS- Bet ya didn't see that coming?! It's true, coffee grounds are absorbant and are great for small, closed-in spaces or for stinky gym shoes! All you need to do is keep a can of coffee grounds in the tightly sealed location, or in the case of the stinky shoes- seal the shoes, with the coffee grounds, in a ziplock bag of sorts (make sure it is airtight), the grounds will absorb the smell within 48 hours!
PET ODORS- These can be the WORST! Thank goodness we can give our Furry Friends a good bath to keep those odors to a minimum! When you're done with a Pet Bath, sprinkle on some Baking Soda on their Fur...then brush it out. They'll smell quite a bit fresher!!
FRESH FLOWERS- Still one of the best ways to banish odors. The smell of fresh flowers wafting through your home is still preferred by many to the other options available today! Having company over for dinner? This is still the easy and beautiful way to get your home smelling lovely, just in time for your guests to arrive.
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