Seven ways to make your home smell re­ally good

Try not to use any prod­uct com­prised of chem­i­cals that leave a stench


If a guest walks into your home and im­me­di­ately asks, “What’s that smell?” it’s prob­a­bly not be­cause you’ve got a fra­grant ap­ple pie in the oven. Fig­ure out where the of­fen­sive aroma is com­ing from then take ac­tion. Avoid us­ing any prod­uct com­prised of chem­i­cals that leave a stench. Cer­tain plants give o a sweet scent, like gera­ni­ums and or­chids, but they’ll just mask the smells. A bet­ter so­lu­tion is to get rid of the of­fend­ing odour. Here’s how to:

Re­move pet smells

Lola may be your best friend, but she’s kind of stinky and loves to curl up on the car­pet. “Sprin­kle car­pet with bak­ing soda, al­low to sit for a few hours, and then vac­uum,” ad­vises Donna Smallin Ku­per, a certi ed home clean­ing tech­ni­cian and au­thor of Clean­ing Plain & Sim­ple. If the source of the smell is urine, though, try an en­zyme-di­gest­ing san­i­tizer from your lo­cal pet store.

Get rid of last night’s omi­nous din­ner odours

e spicy meat­balls were a hit, but the lin­ger­ing smell the morn­ing af­ter? Not so much.

e next time you make a meal with bold avours, place a bowl of vine­gar and water on the kitchen counter overnight, says Ku­per. e meat­ball smell will be gone by morn­ing.

Give the whole house

a fresh scent

“I per­son­ally avoid any plugin air fresh­en­ers since there are many health is­sues as­so­ci­ated with them,” says Ku­per. A more nat­u­ral way to freshen the air: Sim­mer a pot of water with cin­na­mon sticks on the stove. “Just be sure not to boil away all the liq­uid!”

Make your bath­room

smell clean

If you’ve scrubbed and scrubbed but the un­pleas­ant odour lingers, your tow­els may be the cul­prit.

“If they’re musty-smelling even af­ter wash­ing, re­wash them but don’t add de­ter­gent — pour in a half cup of white vine­gar in­stead,” says Ku­per.

Help your re­frig­er­a­tor

stay odour-free

The first step: Clean out the fridge and dis­card any­thing that’s ex­pired, mouldy or uniden­ti­fi­able. en start scrub­bing. “Use a non- toxic clean­ing prod­uct,” says the ex­pert. “Also place a small opened box of bak­ing soda on a shelf to ab­sorb odours; re­place it ev­ery three months.”

Re­move kitchen drain smells

If pour­ing a pot of boil­ing water down the sink to re­move any trapped food doesn’t work, check the un­der­side of the garbage dis­posal aps be­cause they prob­a­bly need clean­ing, says Ku­per. Flip them up­side down, and use an old tooth­brush and kitchen spray cleaner to get rid of de­bris. Next, grind used lemon halves in the dis­posal, and the smell should be gone.

Say good­bye to mi­crowave odours

It’s citrus to the res­cue again! Put half a lemon in a bowl of water and mi­crowave on high for ve min­utes. Use the resid­ual steam to clean the mi­crowave’s in­side.


Sprin­kling your car­pet with bak­ing soda, al­low­ing it to sit for a while, and then vac­u­um­ing can help elim­i­nate odours.

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