Keeping your home free of bad smells can seem like a never-ending battle. Odor sources can build up without notice. Then one day, bam! You are nearly knocked out when you open the front door.
The key to controlling household odors are steps that don’t take much time. These mini tasks done on a regular basis will help you avoid embarrassing household odors. The beauty and comfort of your home includes great smells.
You can reduce bad smells in your home with these ten steps:
1. Empty kitchen waste every night into your yard waste container. Seattle Solid Waste accepts all sorts of food wastes, from vegetable peelings to bread and bones. Take advantage of that program and put those odor makers outside of your home each night.
2. Store used meat, poultry and fish packaging in a plastic bag tucked away in your refrigerator until the night before your scheduled trash pickup. Toss the packaging bag into the trash and take it out of your home the night before your trash pickup.
3. Freeze or toss all leftover food in the refrigerator once per week.
4. Wipe up spills in the refrigerator every time you wash dishes, pots and pans by hand.
5. Rinse food debris of from dishes before adding them to the dishwasher. Crack the dishwasher door open a little when filled with unwashed dishes to create airflow and reduce odors.
6. Keep the washing machine lid open when not in use to prevent mildew and its odors from forming inside.
7. Scoop the cat box daily and change the litter completely once a week.
8. Empty all trash containers in your home twice a week. Once the night before your weekly pickup and three days later. That way you will avoid a pile up of smelly trash.
9. After emptying the trash sprinkle a few drops of sweet smelling essential oil on cotton balls and place in the bottom of the trashcan.
10. Flush all toilets at least three times daily: at least once in the morning before work and once before going to bed at night. During the day, flush down solid waste right away. You can still conserve water with fewer flushes done at certain times of the day.
In addition to reducing odors, these steps can keep pest problems from getting out of hand and improve indoor air quality. A sweet smelling home can boost your mood and your quality of life. Take your first step to a great smelling home today.