Bad odours around the home can negate any level of cleanliness or effort put into keeping your home neat and tidy. Just one whiff of an unpleasant stench is enough to curl toes and keep visitors away, so if you’re struggling with certain smells, then be sure to try out these odour removal tips for the different areas within your home.

Carpets
In high traffic areas, like the lounge or bedrooms, carpets absorb all of the delightful smells from our shoes, pets, children and spills which all contribute to the bad odours that develop over time. If left unchecked, these odours can worsen, even with regular vacuuming.

Thankfully though, there are a few carpet cleaning methods that will help to minimize and eliminate these smells. Here is a good anti odour carpet cleaning routine to follow:

– The day before vacuuming, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over your carpets and leave it there overnight. This will help to work out any odours and dirt.
– The following day, vacuum up the baking soda and give the carpets a good clean.
– Aside from vacuuming, you should also wash your carpets regularly with decent carpet cleaner or white vinegar to eliminate smells.
– Once you’ve done that, be sure to open all of the doors and air out your home to eliminate any remaining odours.
– For a pleasant, post clean aroma, spritz your carpets with lavender or citrus scent to keep the rooms smelling fresh and clean.

Kitchen sink
With all of the grease, bits of food and leftover liquids that find their way into the kitchen sink, it’s no surprise that the plumbing will eventually start to smell. If you’re having trouble with a stinky kitchen sink, then try out one of these methods to get rid of the odour.

– For mild odours, the simplest solution is boiling water. Whenever you’ve popped the kettle on for a cup of tea, pour the water that you don’t use down the drain. This will loosen any unpleasant build up and eliminate the smell.
– If, however, the smell stings your nostrils, then a tougher approach is required.
– Grab a cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar and mix it together.
– Pour the bubbling mixture down the drain and let it work on the pipes for 15 minutes.
– Then, pour some boiling water down the drain and the smell should be gone.
– Repeat once a month to keep the smell from returning.

Clothing
Clothing can smell for a number of reasons, but you wouldn’t expect it to smell just after being washed. Unfortunately, that can sometimes be the case, and more often than not, the culprit of bad clothing odours is your washing machine.

Even though they spend their lives cleaning things, washing machines don’t clean themselves and the residual gunk from previous washes is what causes clothing to smell. Here’s how to clean your machine and, in turn, eliminate any unpleasant post wash clothing odours.

– If you own a front loader, simply remove the detergent drawer and soak it in hot water. Clean off any mould, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before putting it back.
– Then, set your machine on a hot cycle and add a cup of white vinegar to the drum. This will help to sanitize your machine and remove any residue. Once the cycle is complete, open the door and air dry.
– Lastly, use a damp cloth to wipe away any residue around the rubber seals.

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