We’ve all walked through a room in our home to find that it has a terrible smell. When this happens, do you know how to remove the odor without covering it with powerful chemical smells from cleaning products? Below, green house cleaning company Maid Brigade in Honolulu, HI, has five tips to help you address bad smells naturally.
5 Green Home Cleaning Tips to Remove Bad Smells
1. Wash the Smell Away
The very step to ridding your home of bad odors is to wash the source. Scrub our your garbage can, garbage disposal, and compost buckets once a week with vinegar to start, and follow suit with any other particularly smelly item in your home. Wash pet items like toys and blankets, too, as they can hold odors because they’re plush or upholstered.
2. Apply Essential Oils
Essential oils aren’t just great for making beauty products and soaps. If you want to create green home cleaning products that eliminate bad smells, add a few drops of essential oil to vinegar or baking soda. Peppermint and lavender are great options to use in all-purpose cleaner. Place a few drops on a cotton ball and stash it in a smelly area to neutralize the odor.
3. Absorb the Bad Smells
Often nasty odors seem to emanate from certain places, like in the garbage disposal and in your shoes. Crumple up newspapers and place them in your shoes overnight to absorb that sweaty foot smell. Place a container of baking soda in your fridge to absorb bad odors there, and add some to a hot water spray to clean your garbage disposal.
4. Filter the Air
Plants filter out the carbon dioxide you breathe and provide fresh oxygen, but they also remove bad smells. Place leafy plants throughout your home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. You may be surprised just how much they make a difference.
5. Use Natural Materials
Did you know wood and steel absorb fewer smells than plastic or other man-made materials? Keep this in mind when purchasing utensils, cutting boards, and other items that may grow smelly with use. Opt for a metal garbage can with a lid and wood cutting boards so they don’t absorb bad odors.
You don’t have to abandon your green home cleaning efforts when faced with a bad smell. Wash the item or area, use essential oils, and opt for natural materials whenever possible. If you want the help of professionals, call Maid Brigade at (808) 664-0504 or visit the website to learn about their green home cleaning services.