Ever open up your refrigerator and cringe at the smell that wafts out? Or maybe it’s a musty laundry room or stale living room that makes you recoil. Some spots in the home are prone to smelling less than lovely. Fortunately, with a targeted approach and preventative measures—along with some help from everyday products—you can get rid of unwelcome odors. This room-by-room guide will help you vanquish commonplace household smells.
Between the perils of rotting food and the ever-present trash can, it’s no surprise that the kitchen is a prime spot for foul smells. Here’s how to make them vanish.
Before you turn on the stove or the oven, flip the switch on the range hood or crack open the window to reduce strong food scents, says Melissa Homer, chief cleaning officer of MaidPro. “If possible, point a portable fan past the stove to the window to drive air out of the room before it disperses throughout the house,” she says.
To cut down on dank mold smells, keep the door to your dishwasher open for a few hours after running it, recommends Homer.
Non-mold odors are likely due to trapped food, says Elena Ledoux, CEO of Las Vegas-based Superb Maids. Her recommendation: “Try to locate the source of the problem and clean out filters, as well as thoroughly wash inside the machine.” If that doesn’t do the trick, it’s time for pros. Have your service company check the drainage and hoses of the machine, she suggests.