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By Damilola Faustino

Every house has a smell. It’s a combination of the people who live there, their perfume, aftershave, the food they cook, and other things. Most of the time it’s a good smell, but sometimes, it’s really not. What to do when your house smells bad? Read on for the best tips.

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Wash away foul dishwasher smells

Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with white vinegar, place it on the top rack, and run it through a cycle without any dishes. If you don’t have a safe cup, pour two cups of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. Be prepared for the vinegar to smell for an hour or so, but then all smells will be gone.

 Identify the source and remove it

The key to odour removal is removing the source of the odour. If mould, mildew, faulty plumbing or an animal carcass in your chimney is causing the smell, then spraying air fresheners and burning candles will only temporarily overpower the stench. You need to eliminate the source of the problem for a true fix.

Eliminate washing machine mould smells

The door on front-load washing machines seals so tight that air never circulates inside, allowing mould and mildew to grow-and stink up the laundry room. Wash away the mould and the smell by running a cycle with only two cups of bleach and warm or hot water.

Deodorise the fridge

The age-old solution to tame fridge odours is to open a box of baking soda and stick it on a shelf or along the back. Change it annually and keep it away from vegetables since the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda can cause leafy veggies to wilt quickly. Sodium bicarbonate has a unique chemical property that attracts and absorbs odours.

Keep your garbage disposal from smelling like garbage

Just because you stick waste in your disposal doesn’t give it permission to foul up your kitchen. Cut a lemon, lime or orange into chunks and drop them into the running disposal. The citrus will get rid of most odours. If not, follow up with half a cup of white vinegar with cold water if you can put up with a brief round of vinegar smell.

Remove cigarette smoke stink

For an occasional infraction of someone lighting up in the house, an air freshener and open windows will eliminate the smell. But heavy smoking over a long period requires washing, sealing and painting the walls. It may also require cleaning the duct system.

Read also: Natural Ways To Humidify Your Home

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