The Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Pesky House Odors for Good

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No one wants to live in a stinky house.

Not only do unpleasant odors bother you and your family – those odors might embarrass you to the point where you stop inviting company over. And that’s bad.

What’s worse is when you have no clue where the smell is coming from and how to get rid of it. Even the cleanest homes fall victim to pesky odors sometimes, but fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take today to get rid of those odors. Read on to learn how to get rid of smoke smells, pet smells, and more.

How to Get Rid of Smelly House Odors

How to get rid of a smoke smell

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If the person who previously lived in your home was a smoker, you may be dealing with a pesky smoke smell in your home that just won’t seem to go away. While this can be frustrating, there’s no need to panic or find a new place to live. Here’s how you can get rid of the smoke smell for good:

  • Clean shades, curtains, and fixtures. These items all collect a lot of smoke smell over time, and people often forget to clean them in their quest to eliminate the odors. If it’s really bad, you may want to buy all new shades, curtains, and fixtures.
  • Use baking soda. Dust all of your furniture and carpets with the baking soda, and allow it to settle for a day or so. After that, simply vacuum it up!
  • Open up some windows. Letting fresh air into your home is a good way to get smoke smells out. Try to do this a minimum of once every few days.
  • Shampoo your carpets. Because smoke smells can be so overpowering and settle into carpets, you’ll need to rent a carpet cleaner or hire a team of professionals to clean the carpet for you. While this may be a bit pricey, it’s an absolutely necessary step in eliminating the cigarette odor.

Of course, after you do this, you’ll want to ask any smokers who visit your home to step outside if they need to smoke a cigarette. Otherwise, you’ll have to go through the process of eliminating smoke smells all over again.

How to get rid of pet odor

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Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, or some other animal, there’s a good chance that they’ll cause an odor in your home at some point. Even if your pet is 100% housebroken, it may still make your home give off a general unpleasant pet smell.

And that’s not good.

But don’t worry – you don’t have to start keeping Fido outdoors anytime soon. Here’s how to keep your pets close while keeping pet odors out of your home:

  • Bathe your pets frequently. The offensive odor could be due to the fact that your pets run around outside and come in often while being bathed too infrequently. Find a good pet shampoo and use it!
  • Take your furniture apart and clean it. For example, if your couch cushion covers are removable and washable, take them off and toss them in the washing machine. This should help eliminate odors as well as remove pet hair that may cause allergies.
  • Wash all of your linens. Blankets, sheets, and comforters should be washed frequently, especially if you let your pets sleep in the bed with you.
  • Sprinkle lots of baking soda on the carpets. After you do this, rub it into the carpet and let it sit overnight. Then, vacuum it up the next morning. When you do this, make sure you keep your pets away from the areas that are covered in baking soda so they don’t try to lick it up!
  • Spray the carpets with vinegar. This is a great alternative to using baking soda. Just spray the floors and subfloors, and give it a few days to evaporate (keep your pets away from the area during this time!). You may have to deal with the vinegar smell for a while, but it’s much better than dealing with stinky pet smells indefinitely!

If you’ve got a really bad pet smell in your home because of urine soaked into the carpet or a similar reason, you may want to consider renting a carpet cleaning machine. If you don’t want to do it yourself, call a professional cleaning company that specializes in removing pet odors.

Other tips for getting rid of various house odors

Maybe you aren’t sure what the unpleasant odor in your home is. You know it’s not smoke or a pet odor, but you still want to remove it for good.

If that’s the case, follow these helpful tips:

  • Check your vents. That pesky smell could be a dead animal (like a mouse) behind your vent. Check to see if that’s the case. Then, you can remove the animal remains or hire a pest removal company to fix the problem for you.
  • Clean thoroughly. To eliminate bad smells, you can’t just tidy up a bit and hope for the best. You need to deep clean your entire house, which includes vacuuming, wiping down hard surfaces, cleaning all carpets, washing clothes and linens, and more.
  • Hire a professional maid service. This is a great option for those who don’t have time to clean. But before you hire anyone, let them know your specific concerns and describe the smell in your home that needs to be removed. Just keep in mind that smells that are unrelated to the cleanliness of your home obviously won’t be removed from cleaning alone – you’ll need to find the source of the smell and eliminate it.

You can also take steps to mask unpleasant odors until you can remove them for good, like:

  • Using essential oils. Buy an essential oil diffuser and put essential oils in it. Cinnamon and eucalyptus are great essential oil options because of their strong scents, but pick the smell that you prefer.
  • Using vinegar. Leave a bowl of vinegar out in the smelly room for one day, and you should notice that unpleasant scents have been removed. Just make sure you keep the bowl out of reach of pets and children!
  • Use store-bought air fresheners. Make sure you read the ingredients and look out for harmful chemicals. While this is a convenient option, it may not be the healthiest choice.

If you have more questions about how to take care of your home or are interested in buying a new home in Killeen, Ft. Hood, or Austin, contact me today!