How to Fix the Bad Smells in Your House
It’s an unfortunate truth… bad smells can happen to good people.
And with more guests than usual popping by over the summer holidays, the last thing you want is a funky smell you’ve forgotten to attend to.
Follow these tricks to deal with the grossest smells in your home:
- Rubbish bins
How smelly exactly is your bin? If it’s say, a 2 out of 10, the fix might be as simple as spraying with a blast of Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray when you change the bin liner. If the smell’s gotten a bit out of hand, or if there’s leakage or food scraps over your bin you’ll need to bring out the bigger guns. Fill a spray bottle with an 80:20 solution of warm water and Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Solution. Spritz it liberally over and use a wet rag to wipe clean, or for stubborn caked-on scraps, a scrubbing brush then rinse with an outdoor hose or tap. Make sure it’s completely dry before adding a new bin liner. Pop a few layers of paper towel in the bottom of the bin next time, before the liner, to help absorb any spills.
- Washing machine
Yes, you need to wash your washing machine! Air almost never circulates inside, allowing mold and mildew to grow and turn it into a stink bomb.Remove the smell by running a hot cycle with nothing in it but two cups of bleach, or for a more natural alternative, use Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil or Solution – the oil is a natural germ-killer, disinfectant and solubilises grease, so it’s perfect for cleaning those workings. (ps. Leave the door open to air out from time to time!)
If you hold your nose every time you empty the dishwasher, it’s really time to clean it out. Besides, it’s in the kitchen where everyone congregates. First, remove any lingering food and other gook from your filter basket. (If you’ve never cleaned it before, check your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for instructions.) Then to fight the smell, pour one cup of distilled white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full cycle on the hottest temperature setting (with no dishes). This will remove mineral deposits plus kill any lingering bacteria.
- Pet smells
Pets are a joy to have in the house but even the most enthusiastic pet owner will admit they can leave smells (which you might not even notice after a while, but your guests will!). Any accidents on the carpet, in particular, need to be dealt with straight away or your home will smell like the inside of a litter box. Make sure you soak up any urine as soon as it happens, then mix a vinegar cleaning solution consisting of one part water to one part vinegar and gently use it with a clean cloth to blot the stain. Dry with an absorbent towel and give the whole area a spray with Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray. More pet smell tips here!
Tip: Wipe down kennels, cages and litter trays with Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Solution in warm water, and use the Eucalyptus Spray to deodorise – cattery owners, dog breeders and vets all swear by it.
It’s a pretty obvious one, but it’s a smell that can’t be ignored – particularly because this is a place plenty of people will be visiting. Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray is our top tip for toilet deodorising; keep a can in the guest ensuite and main toilets.
It kills 99.99% odour-causing germs and does it naturally, so you can be sure not to irritate anyone’s allergies with artificial fragrances.
For cleaning (and to keep the eucalyptus theme going!) add two capfuls of eucalyptus oil or solution to your toilets before scrubbing to kill germs and freshen. Tea tree and lavender oils work equally well if you prefer those scents.
- Mildew towels
Nasty smelling towels can stink up the whole bathroom. Throw them in their own wash cycle (or they’ll stink up your other clothes, too). Add one cup of white vinegar and 2 capfuls of Bosisto’s Tea Tree Oil to your first wash. The vinegar will kill any lingering bacteria while tea tree oil is a natural antifungal. Then, immediately run another load with a standard amount of detergent.
- Your sock drawer
Why does your sock drawer smell like death? Drawers are dark and poorly ventilated, which makes them a perfect place for mildew to thrive. To remove the stench, take all the items from the drawer and remove it from the dresser. Then, vacuum any crumbs or debris that may have accumulated.
Next, wipe down with a 50:50 solution of warm water and vinegar, or use a capful or two of Bosisto’s Tea Tree Solution in warm water. Dry with a towel and let it air out overnight. This method also works for musty wardrobes and cupboards, too.
NOTE: to help prevent smells in drawers and cupboards, place an opened box of baking soda inside. Bosisto’s Lavender Spray is also a lovely way to freshen guest bedrooms, closets and other areas that don’t often get a lot of airing out.
- Laundry hamper
Fillled with your sweaty clothes, laundry hampers can get funky fast. To prevent that “gym changing room smell” permeating the bedroom, keep a box of baking soda nearby. Sprinkle some in each time you throw in a smelly item of work or gym gear. It’s a quick fix that’ll buy you time until you do your next load.