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  • The Worst Smells in Your Home (And How to Fix Them)

    Have you ever come home to a bad smelling house? I don’t mean dinner was cooking and the smell of garlic infused fish filled the air. I am talking about a smell so foul that you gagged in repulsive disbelief that it could actually be coming from your home. No matter how clean your home is, eventually you will come home to a smell so bad that you want to turn back around and leave. Rather than putting your home up for sale with everything in it, why not find the offensive odor and handle it once and for all?

    Our homes can smell bad from time to time and knowing what the smell is and what to look for is the first step in removing it. Keep reading as we list some of the most offensive odors found in our homes.

    1. Mildew Towels

    Mildewed towels can smell bad. Really bad. If your towels become mildewed, you can remove the smell by washing them, by themselves, in hot water with a cup of white vinegar. The vinegar will kill any lingering bacteria. Then wash them as usual with laundry soap and they will come out smelling fresh and clean again.

    1. Pet Bed

         Pets get into everything and they have some awful smelling body oils that help to keep their coat shiny. This can make their bedding or favorite blanket smell foul. Wash their bedding often and never have to smell that odorific pet smell again.

    1. Garbage Can

    The garbage can is one of the worst smelling items in your home. It can range from slightly smelly, to full on putrid. If your trash can has a slight odor problem, a sprinkle of baking soda after cleaning will take care of it. Anything worse and you will need to scrub it with vinegar and hot water.

    1. Inside the Washing Machine

    The inside of your washing machine can begin to smell foul after multiple uses and this is related to mold and mildew that can build up inside. To keep it smelling fresh and clean, try running a hot or warm water cycle with two cups of bleach.

    1. Dishwasher

    Most of us do a terrible job of scraping the dishes before putting them into the dish washer. This could leave your dish washer smelling worse than anything you can imagine. This is because food particles become clogged in the filter basket and rot. To remove the smell, simply remove the filter basket and clean it out. Then run a wash cycle with one cup of white vinegar to kill any lingering bacteria.

    1. Toilet

    Toilets stink for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t make it any more pleasant. To keep them smelling fresh and clean, pour a cup of bleach in the tank on the back. This will help remove any unpleasant smells and help to kill any bacteria. Do not do this if you have a pet that likes to drink out of the toilet as this could make them sick.

    For those household odors that need more than an air freshener, use our handy guide and cleaning tips to keep your home smelling better than ever!

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