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8 Unpleasant Smells You Encounter In Your Home & How To Get Rid Of Them

Unpleasant smells can develop in many different areas of your home. If we don’t know how to get rid of them, we quickly turn to hard chemicals. But did you know that even tea bags and cat litter can work wonders in fighting the smells?

We take a look at some of the unpleasant smells that you might encounter in your home and how you can get rid of them.

Unpleasant smells

1. Frying smell

unpleasant smells - frying stuff

You have aired all the rooms, but the smell of your fried fish or egg and sausage breakfast this morning still lingers in the apartment. Place some small bowls of used coffee grounds around your home and it’ll help to absorb the smell.

Next time, place a bowl with vinegar in the kitchen before you start cooking your food. The vinegar absorbs the smell and prevents it from spreading to different rooms.

2. Sport shoes

unpleasant smells - sport shoes

The smell of your favourite sneakers almost makes you faint when taking them off? Sweat is responsible for making your shoes smell. Ventilating them is one solution, but it’s only a short-term one that does not solve the actual problem.

To imbibe the moisture, place dry tea bags (new or used!) in the toe caps instead. These also distribute the fresh aroma of your favourite tea and get rid of the smelly odour.

3. Rubbish bin

unpleasant smells - rubbish bin

No matter how many times we take out the rubbish, there’s still a smell that often remains. It comes from from the liquids and fermentation processes of the waste. Therefore, first thoroughly wash the bin with dishwashing liquid and vinegar.

After that, put some cat litter on the bottom of the bin and place the bag on top. The litter continuously soaks up the moisture. As soon as it lumps, simply exchange it for a new one – and your home no longer smells like compost!

4. Smoke

unpleasant smells - smoke

Smoke is persistent and rarely leaves the room through open windows. Unfortunately, there is not even a magical household remedy. What you can do it wash your curtains, pillows and blankets at 30 degrees on fine wash. This might help with getting rid of the smell.

5. Fridge

unpleasant smells - fridge

Leftover food or forgotten fruit can be enough to ruin our appetite when opening the fridge. First of all, remove the malefactor and clean the spot with vinegar cleaner.

Then, sprinkle salt on a fresh lemon slice and place it in the fridge. The salty-sour combination absorbs smells on the spot. Replace it with a new lemon slice after about four days.

6. Toilet

unpleasant smells - toilet

The smell after you’ve done your business makes you hope that nobody else wants to enter the bathroom after you. No need to lock yourself in – simply light a few matches! The sulphury odour effectively distracts from all other smells.

In case you want to create a pleasant bathroom atmosphere at home, light candles. These have the same effect as matches and look homey as well.

7. Sink

unpleasant smells - sink

The dishes are all washed, the sink is clean, but mouldy smells are still coming from the drain? For the sake of the environment, abstain from chemicals.

The natural solution is to pour hot water and afterwards half a cup of baking powder as well as vinegar in the drain. After about 10 minutes, wash the foaming miracle mixture away with one litre of boiling water. The smell plus pipe clogging are gone!

8. Garlic

unpleasant smells - garlic

You’ve washed your hands several times, but the garlic smell remains? Don’t worry.

Simply rub your wet hands on a surface of stainless steel, such as your sink or the fridge. As an alternative, you can resort to an old household remedy. Dip your hands in a bowl of milk and leave them there for a few minutes. That way, the persistent smell is driven off and you are left with soft, nourished skin.

Get rid of unpleasant smells at home

Use these tips to get rid of unpleasant smells and enjoy a fresh-smelling home!

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