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How to Avoid Unpleasant Odors in the Home?

Unpleasant odors in the home are annoying and can negatively impact one's mood, sense of well-being, and even desire to spend time at home.  

Fortunately, various effective ways exist to combat unpleasant odors and maintain a fresh, cozy home.  

So today, we're sharing practical tips on identifying and eliminating unpleasant odors so that your home remains an oasis of peace and comfort. 


Identifying the source of odors 


The first step in combating unpleasant odors is to identify the source, as this is the only way to eliminate them more effectively. 

 The most common culprits of bad odors are: 

  • In the kitchen. Food leftovers, rubbish and a dirty fridge quickly start to rot and cause unpleasant odors. 

  • In the bathroom. Mold, damp towels, and stagnant water often cause moldy smells. A clogged washing machine or wet laundry can also cause unpleasant odors. 

  • Rooms. Pet odors, cigarette smoke, and dust can build up, leading to stagnant smells.

Regular cleaning and maintenance  

Regular cleaning of the premises is a crucial next step in preventing and eliminating bad odors.  Clean your fridge regularly, dispose of rubbish promptly, and clean up spillages immediately. 

Wash towels and shower curtains frequently and use a fan or open a window in the bathroom to reduce humidity. Clean the washing machine and tumble dryer often, and do not leave wet laundry in the bath. 

Vacuum carpets in rooms at least once a week, clean upholstery regularly, and wash curtains. This will prevent the build-up of dust or pet hair. Also, do not smoke indoors or choose an odorless, virtually odorless tobacco heating system

Natural odor absorbers 

Although air fresheners are plentiful on the shelves, natural products can also effectively absorb and neutralize odors. 

  • Baking soda.  Put an opened box of baking soda in the fridge, sprinkle it on carpets before vacuuming, or use it in garbage cans - baking soda is excellent at absorbing almost all unpleasant odors. 

  • Vinegar. Diluted white vinegar is a great surface and floor cleaner to help keep rooms clean and fresh.  

  • Activated charcoal. Place charcoal briquettes in areas where mold is likely to grow, such as cellars, cupboards, and attics, as the charcoal will prevent mold from growing. 

  • Coffee grounds. You can put a bowl of fresh or used coffee grounds in your fridge or cupboard - they are good at absorbing unpleasant odors.

Indoor ventilation 

Proper ventilation is another key factor in preventing bad odors. Good air circulation helps keep your home smelling fresh throughout the seasons.  

Even in winter, open windows regularly to let fresh air in and dispel lingering odors. Kitchen and bathroom fans should also be used to reduce humidity and extract odors. 

Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to help remove odor-causing particles. Finally, a dehumidifier can help prevent moldy odors in humid environments.

Use of home fragrances 

Although home perfumes and similar products can mask odors, they must be used wisely. Essential oils are great for maintaining a subtle and pleasant scent - use unique diffusers. 

Natural wax and fragrance candles will also add a pleasant aroma to your home, but avoid chemical fragrances.  Also, try not to use too many scents, which can be extremely unpleasant. 

Finally, remember that the most important thing is to find the source of the smell, not just mask it with perfume.  

Pet odors 

Pets bring a lot of joy into the home but are also often the source of unpleasant odors.  To avoid or at least reduce unpleasant odors, bathe and brush your pets regularly and always clean their paws and fur after outdoor activities.


Also, wash pet beds and toys and clean litter boxes. In case of accidents, use special cleaners to neutralize odors at the molecular level. Air purifiers with HEPA filters can effectively trap pets, wash pet beds and toys, and clean litter boxes; in case of accidents, use special cleaners to neutralize odors dander and reduce the associated odors, so consider buying one.  

Finally, do not allow pets easy access to all rooms, such as bedrooms. 

Fighting mold odors 

Mold can cause unpleasant odors and be a health hazard, so it is essential to take preventive or urgent action to remove it. Inspect areas where moisture can build up, such as bathrooms and basements.

Use dehumidifiers in damp areas to keep humidity levels down. Also, ensure adequate ventilation in all rooms, especially bathrooms and kitchens. When liquid spills, dry wet areas immediately, including floors and walls, and wipe down bathroom and shower walls after bathing, which will also help prevent mold growth.

Seasonal house cleaning


The changing seasons and various environmental factors often bring new smells into the home.  To avoid unpleasant odors, thoroughly clean your home and every corner of it at the beginning of each season, especially in spring and autumn.  

If you have a self-contained home heating and ventilation system, add allergen-reducing filters to reduce exposure to pollen, rain, and other odors. During the rainy season and in winter, place mats at outside entrances and ventilate rooms frequently to help wet rooms dry out faster. 

If you live in the countryside, various outdoor smells, such as smoke or decaying leaves, may enter your home. In the city, pollution smells from outside may enter your rooms, so in these cases, you should not open the windows and should preferably use air purifying devices. 

These strategies will help you to effectively combat unpleasant odors in your home and create a space that is not only fresh and clean but also cozy. After all, a fresh-smelling home is a happy home.

By ML staff. Images courtesy of Fortis Media.


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