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.

Housekeeping is, by definition, a chore but you can make it easier on yourself. For when you simply do not have much time, the following quick and simple housekeeping and cleaning tips and tricks are sure to make your life easier.

Bedroom Cleaning
Do a quick ‘clean sweep’ of the room, stripping the bed and stashing all loose surface items inside nearby cupboards and drawers. Using a microfiber cloth, make your way around the room, dusting all surfaces (NB: the microfiber cloth means that you will be able to dust surfaces in one fell swoop, without doubling back or leaving dust behind). Make the bed. Thereafter, starting at the end of the room farthest away from the door, work your way out of the room with the vacuum cleaner. Have whoever’s bedroom it is return loose items to surfaces later.

Lounge Cleaning
Once again, do a quick ‘clean sweep’, clearing clutter, and dust your way around the room with a microfiber cloth. For wooden and glass surfaces, a clean microfiber cloth (you will need several for your cleaning endeavours) and wood polish and glass cleaner respectively are your best friends do not bother with time consuming wiping and polishing. Again, to end, work your way out of the door with the vacuum cleaner.

Kitchen Cleaning
Repeat the ‘clean sweep’ technique, placing all dirty dishes in the dishwasher or sink, and food and clean dishes in cupboards. If you have a number of appliances and other items that ‘live’ on the countertops, place all of these on the dining table to clear surfaces for cleaning. Do a quick scan of all surfaces, noting dried spillages and other difficult to remove gunk, and pre treat such by spraying with high power chemical cleaner do not wipe yet. Empty the bin and spray with a deodorizer before lining with a new bin bag. Wet a cloth with a little bit of water and an all purpose cleaner and work your way around the room, wiping all surfaces vigorously (the dried on gunk should have softened by now, thanks to the pre treatment) and giving appliances a once over as well. With a clean, damp microfiber cloth, wipe appliances and other items placed on the dining table and return to countertops, then run the cloth over the table. Use a broom to sweep towards the door, and then repeat with a damp microfiber mop.

Bathroom Cleaning
Tackle the toilet first, dousing with thick bleach cleaner, but neither scrubbing nor flushing. Spritz the sink, vanity cabinet, shower and bathtub with an all purpose cleaner do not wipe. Gather up dirty towels and bath mats and put them in the laundry. With a plastic grocery bag in tow, empty the bin and pick up the empty toilet paper rolls that always seem to find their way to the back of the toilet. Return to the toilet, giving it a good scrub with a toilet brush and then flushing. Work from the sink and vanity cabinet to the shower and bathtub (order is important here, as the former are usually somewhat cleaner than the latter), wiping thoroughly with a damp microfiber cloth. Lastly, make your way towards the door with the damp microfiber mop.