Have you walked into a room in your home and you are greeted by an unpleasant scent? The source of these smells could be from indoor odors. What’s an indoor odor? Dirty socks? A skunk in your home? The scientific definition is odors caused by low levels of volatile organic compounds in the air that we humans can detect. These chemicals can turn into vapor in certain room temperatures and can be potentially harmful at certain levels.
Know The Dangerous Odors
- -Fishy smell or burning rubber smell
- -Sulfur or rotten egg smell
- -Musty smell
What can cause these?
While there can be a handful of culprits, here are the first places you should look:
- -Dirty Clothes
How to prevent Indoor Odors
Clean Your Cleaning Supplies
Before cleaning, make sure your supplies are free from odors themselves. Unwanted bacteria can build up on cleaning supplies causing them to be moved throughout the home if continuing to be used.
Use an Odor Absorber
Looking for a natural odor absorber? Try using coffee grounds, vinegars, oats and baking soda. Leaving a bowl full of any of these odor absorbers throughout your home will freshen up the rooms in your home and help clear out the odors.
Keep Your Pets Clean
Maintaining your pet’s hygiene will keep your home and your furry friends smelling fresh. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, look to groom more frequently including brushing and nail clipping. Those nails can harbor dirt and other unpleasant things!
Wash Your Laundry
That overflowing laundry basket can be a breeding ground for bacteria and unpleasant smells from sweaty, dirty clothes. Moisture concentrated in your laundry room and is very easy for odors to become trapped in that room. Keep your washing machine fresh and free of mildew and mold by keeping the door open between uses. When is the last time you washed those shoes? Years? Yeah go ahead and throw them in the wash too!
Clean Your Kitchen
Kitchens can be the major source of most of the smells in your home. Keep your eye on your fridge and make sure you don’t have spoiled food sitting for too long. Make sure the space is well-ventilated by leaving the exhaust fan on while cooking. Wipe surfaces down with a natural cleaning solution to reduce grease buildup and odors. Check your dishwater filters to make sure there is no trapped food which can cause odors over time.
Change Your Air Filter
Changing your air filters on a regular basis is a necessity to keep your home smelling nice. The air filters trap particles such as dust, mold, and dander that would otherwise float throughout your home causing unwanted odors.