What’s That Smell in My Home? Get Rid of These Common Household Smells!

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Bad smells in the home can become a nuisance. If they settle in well, it can be hard to get rid of them like an uninvited house guest who has overstayed their welcome. And here’s where it gets interesting; you may not even realise that the smell is there because you slowly become nose blind!

There are many unpleasant smells that can spread around your home that you should take care of because a pleasant smelling home is always nice and comforting. And should you have any guests over, you won’t have any kind of embarrassment.

Now, there can be different kinds of smells, and the first step is recognizing them. Once you know what’s the smell is, and where it’s coming from, you can get rid of it. Plus, we’ll talk about how wax melts can help too!

Common Smells in Home and How to Get Rid of Them

Whether you’re a single person, sharing a flat with a friend, or a small family with kids, chances are you have one of these smells in your home regularly. 

Trash Bin

Yes, trash bins are the most common culprit behind rotten food smells in the home. Even if you use garbage bags with the bin, chances are some of the bits and pieces of food leak out and collect in the bin. 

Over time, it can get quite dirty and start to smell. 

Similarly, if you don’t take the garbage out on time and let it sit in the kitchen for days, the bad odours will start to spread around the house. It may be stronger near the bin, but eventually, it spreads around the home, especially with windows shut. 

So what’s the solution here? Simply take out the trash on time as soon as the bin is filled. Use quality trash bags that don’t leach out fluids. And most importantly, clean the garbage bin from time to time, at least once a month. 

Shoes and Socks

Stinky shoes, socks, and feet have a very distinct smell that most of us can recognise. However, if you’re living with that smell all the time, you may not realise it’s there. When you get home and take off shoes or socks, the bad odour quickly spreads around. 

And if the smelly, dirty shoes are just hanging by the entrance, you can expect the doorway to smell disgusting. Not a great welcome for house guests!

There’s no need to feel embarrassed as this is a common problem. First off, you can use the good old baking soda in your shoes to kill the bad odour. If the problem is with your feet, there are a number of things you can do to treat smelly feet

Pets

If we humans can become stinky, what’s stopping our furry friends from getting stinky? Even if you keep your pets pretty clean and well-groomed, there’s still a distinct pet smell that can linger in the air. 

Here’s how you can keep any pet odours at bay:

  • Bathe your pets as necessary 
  • Vacuum the floors and furniture for pet hair and dander
  • Clean the spot where they eat and sleep once a week 
  • Ensure there’s proper ventilation or air out the space from time to time

Wet Clothing

Maybe you left a sweaty t-shirt out after the gym, or maybe you folded sheets that were not completely dry and kept them in the wardrobe. Wet clothes can get stinky really fast, and that smell can travel too!

Make sure you don’t make such mistakes and let any clothes dry out completely. Also, don’t keep the laundry basket in the bathroom if you take too many hot, steamy showers. 

Dirty Upholstery

That subtle but weird, almost unrecognisable smell in your home could very well be coming from your sofa, table cloths, or curtains. Pollutants in the air can settle in the upholstery over time, making it smell bad. 

The solution? Deep cleaning the upholstery furniture every six months to a year. Wash the curtains every couple of months. 

Old Furniture

If you have old wooden furniture, you’ll smell a musty odour from the shelves and drawers in it. This can also be a problem with old wooden kitchen cabinets. While this smell isn’t very strong, it does get into the things you keep inside the cabinets and drawers. 

Empty the cabinets or drawers. Soak some old newspaper in vinegar and leave it in the drawers and cabinets for a few hours. The vinegar will absorb the odour. You can also sprinkle some baking soda and leave it in overnight and clean the next day. 

Refrigerator

How long has it been since you deep cleaned your refrigerator? Could it be the pasta leftovers from two weeks ago? Or that orange that got away somewhere between celery and tomatoes? 

If there are bad leftovers or spills inside the fridge, it’s time for some cleaning. The bad odour leaves the fridge every time you open the door. Make a habit of removing spoilt things as soon as you notice them and do a deep cleaning every month!

Make Your Home Smell Amazing with Wax Melts!

So you found the source of the smell and took action, but just fixing the issue won’t make your home smell amazing. Other times, you just need a quick fix for the smells because you don’t have the time or just don’t feel like doing it. Enter, wax melts!

Yes, just a couple of wax melts can do the job and help you get rid of the bad smells in your home. Even if you don’t have a bad odour problem in your home, the aromatherapy you’ll get from the wax melts will make your home smell fresh and calming. 

Use Scent-Sational Wax Melts and Wax Crumbles in your homes to get rid of any odours quickly. The soy wax packs in maximum scent and releases it quickly into the air. From energizing citrus scents to calming florals, find your favourite fragrances to make your space therapeutically refreshing!

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