Banishing household odours for good

 Certain areas of your home at times can begin smelling.
Certain areas of your home at times can begin smelling.

HAVE certain areas of your home been smelling a little funny lately? Here are the most common household offenders and how to eliminate them.

• To eliminate lingering cigarette odours, sprinkle baking soda over the offending surface, let it sit for several hours, and vacuum­.

• Cigarette smoke in upholstery and carpets

Sprinkle baking soda over the offending surface, let it sit for several hours, and vacuum. To get rid of this smoky odour for good, take pre-emptive measures – ban smoking inside the house.

• Smelly garbage bin

After a while, even throwing out the garbage every day isn’t enough to eliminate the odour of rotten perishables as the smell clings onto the bin.

Toss away whatever is in your garbage and give the bin a good scrubbing inside and out, using a disinfectant.

• Refrigerator odour

Baking soda is the best defence when it comes to fridge odours.

Routinely check your fridge for expired or spoiled food, and give the interior a good wipe down with soap and water every week or so.

• Pet smells

Air out your furniture if you can putting it in the sun for a bit may help zap some of the smells naturally.

• Dishwasher odour

Can’t figure out where that kitchen odour stems from? Check your dishwasher as past dinner odours tend to cling to this appliance.

Run the machine while it’s empty, using two cups of white vinegar instead of detergent.

• Musty mildew in the bathroom

Mildew thrives in moist environments like bathrooms and basements. The best solution is to open all the windows on a dry day.

Remove damp towels, rugs and shower curtains, and run them through the laundry. The best (albeit not the most pleasant) way to eradicate that mildew smell is to mix equal parts bleach and water, and spray down your bathroom tiles.

Sprinkle baking soda into your drawer and let it sit for at least a few hours, then vacuum it up. If odour still lingers, pop in a potpourri sachet.

Prevent mildew build-up by drying off the stall after every shower.

- www.home-dzine.co.za

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