making a homemade air freshener

5 Tips for Getting Rid of Bad Odors Around the House

Want to find a remedy for keeping bad smells at bay, like pet odors, stinky sinks, or a less-than-fresh bathroom? Worried that you’ve grown nose-blind to certain odors around your home?

If so, use these tips to freshen the air without harmful chemicals or artificial fragrances.

1. Add baking soda to your sink.

If your sink is a little smelly, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by three cups of white vinegar. Let this concoction fizz for about 10 minutes. Last of all, flush your sink with cold water.

2. Make a homemade air freshener.

For this DIY air freshener, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 20 drops of essential oil*
  • 1 spray bottle

*For the essential oil, we recommend an energizing scent (like lemon) in your busier living areas and a calming scent (like lavender) in bedrooms. Feel free to blend essential oils to make your ideal scent!

First, combine the 20 drops of essential oil with the baking soda. Next, mix this together with the 2 cups of water. Finally, pour the solution into your spray bottle, shake the ingredients to combine them, and spritz to your heart’s content!

3. Run ice through your garbage disposal.

Sometimes bits of food can get stuck in your garbage disposal’s components. The easiest way to clean in this tricky area is to let the appliance grind through some ice cubes.

4. Keep a bowl of baking soda in your refrigerator.

Leftovers (both fresh and forgotten) can make the refrigerator a pretty pungent place. Keep odors at bay with the odor-absorbing properties of baking soda. Simply pour about a cup of baking soda into a bowl and leave it in the fridge. It will work on its own.

5. Leave your washing machine door open between uses.

This tip applies to washing machines that open on the side in particular. These machines tend to get stinky mold and mildew problems in the rubber seal that keeps the door waterproof. Make it harder for mold and mildew to grow by leaving the door open between washes so that your machine’s interior gets a chance to dry out.

For extra odor control, consider an air scrubber.

Let’s face it: you don’t have time to scrub and spritz your home with cleaning products all day long. That’s where the Air Scrubber Plus can play a major role in keeping your home’s indoor air healthy and odor-free. The Air Scrubber Plus works in tandem with your existing HVAC system to remove:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chemical odors
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Cooking odors
  • Dust and particulate matter
  • Pollen, mold, odor-causing bacteria, and other organic contaminants

For more information about installing the Air Scrubber Plus in your home in Bakersfield, Fresno, or the surrounding areas, contact Monarch Home Services today: (800) 830-9054!

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