Household Cleaning Tips: Ideas For Deoderizing Your Home

Everyone wants their home to smell good, and there are many ways to accomplish this goal. Incense help cover stink. Baking soda eliminates carpet odors.

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes keeping your home smelling fresh can fall to the bottom of your to-do list. However, there are many cheap and highly effective ways to make your home smell great. One of the first things that a guest in your home will notice if your house smells of animal and food odors is the foul smell, and conversely, one of the first things they will notice if it smells like vanilla or floral blossoms is the inviting and comforting aroma. Some of the ways to eliminate odors from your home and replace them with an appealing fragrance include using incense, candles, air freshening spray, carpet deodorizer, and baking soda.

Sometimes you need to make a quick move to eliminate a particular odor in your home. Maybe your cat just used the litter box and your dinner guests knocked on the door (any cat owner out there knows that sometimes just one of Fluffy's trips to the box can send an unruly scent throughout the entire surrounding area, even if you just cleaned the litter box). Or maybe you cooked fish for dinner and the dining room smells like a fisherman's wharf. Whatever the reason for the untimely odor, you just want to eliminate it. Keep incense cones or sticks on hand for situations like this. Burning a stick of incense at the source of the stink will cover up the odor. Incense is very intense, so it is great for hiding emergency smells. Always burn incense in an incense holder -- don't just prop up a stick in a cup, because that presents a fire hazard.

Perhaps you live in a very moist climate or in a basement apartment where musty odors are often problematic. A dehumidifier can really help to eliminate musty odors that linger in moist homes. You will be amazed at the difference that this makes. Also, an air purifier can help, and there are many models on the market today that allow you to add fragrance oils to the purification system so that the scent of your choice is consistently dispersed. These purification systems can also be very helpful to pet owners who battle lingering odors, such as the all-too-common "wet dog" smell.

Often, the culprit for the odor in your home is right under your feet"¦ it's the carpet. If you have old carpets and rugs, then you have been tracking smells onto your carpets for a long time. Vacuuming isn't enough to kill carpet odors. You need to shampoo your carpets and rugs at least once a month, especially if you have kids or pets or if you or someone on your home smokes. After shampooing, sprinkle baking soda on the carpets and rugs, and vacuum up.

If you have a favorite scent, you may want to have your home smell subtly like that scent preference. While you don't want your home to smell too intensely - even if the smell is a "good" one - a soft fragrance theme is a nice idea. Many people love the smell of roses, for example, and other very popular scents are vanilla, cinnamon, orange and freesia. A medley of scented supplies can help you achieve your desired lingering scent. Get candles, air freshening spray, potpourri, and wall plug-in fragrances in the scent that you want. Using different a line-up of same-smelling products will give you wonderfully aromatic results.

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