As a Galveston renter, you hope for a home that smells fresh and clean. But bad smells can sometimes develop in a home before you even realize there’s a problem. Simply spraying air freshener or lighting scented candles isn’t the answer. The smell might be masked for a while, but it will always come back. On the contrary, to make your rental home smell better, it’s vital to address the most common sources of unpleasant smells. If you have achieved this, you will have a clean and pleasant place to live.
If you’ve detected an unpleasant smell in your house, the first thing to check is your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are notorious for awful odors because food often gets stuck around the blades, which then starts to rot. To remove foul odors in a garbage disposal, put a bit of lemon-scented dish soap or lemon rinds down the drain, turn on the water, and then run the disposal for a minute.
Along with the garbage disposal, humidity is another leading cause of bad indoor odors. If you’re staying in a humid climate or notice a build-up of condensation on your windows, chances are you have so much moisture in the air of your home. Damp rugs, furniture, sponges, and towels can start to mold and smell awful. To correct the problem, try using a dehumidifier or fans in rooms prone to moisture build-up. Moreover, make sure to dry towels and rugs completely before storing or throwing in a hamper, and replace sponges every two weeks.
If you’ve dealt with both your garbage disposal and high humidity levels, but the smell remains, your next step is to clean a few of the most familiar origins of bad smells. Among the leading culprits are litter boxes, garbage cans, and diaper pails. If you have one or more of these items in your home, be sure to deep clean it at least once a month, or even more often, if ever needed. It’s likewise significant to check your refrigerator for awful smells. Expired food and moldy leftovers can bring on a very bad odor. About once a month, clear out anything past its expiration date and then scrub out your fridge with hot, soapy water. If necessary, wipe down the inside of your fridge with a mixture of water and white vinegar to kill any lingering bacteria. Avoid using bleach, however, as the fumes make it unsafe for use around food.
While getting down to it, always remember to refresh your soft surfaces. Fabrics can easily trap bad smells, making it hard to keep your house smelling nice. Carpets and upholstery should be steam cleaned about once a year. For freshening carpets and rugs between cleanings, try sprinkling them with baking soda and then vacuuming thoroughly. If you discover urine or other spots, clean them immediately with an enzyme cleaner to ensure that they don’t leave unpleasant odors behind. Whenever possible, wash bed linens, pillows, and other soft surfaces regularly to ward off foul odors
If you’ve cleaned your house thoroughly and yet still notice unwanted smells, there are a few other things you can attempt to do. As an example, simply opening your windows and airing out your house can have a big impact on trapped odors. This is definitely beneficial at preventing cooking odors and smoke from getting trapped indoors. To deodorize your house while also adding an enticing scent, try scented candles or simmer herbs and fruit in a small saucepan on the stove. Citrus slices, lavender, and mint can all add a delightful aroma to the air and help replace any other smells. On the other hand, however, note that strong scents aren’t always the best option for interior spaces. Avoid overly sweet or pungent scents that can quickly become overpowering; opt instead for natural florals, citrus, or woods. These subtle scents can be helpful in giving your rental house a really subtle but delightful aroma.
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