20,000 litres of air passes through our nose each day, meaning our brains are bombarded with smells. Using a natural filter to adapt to scents that are constantly around us, they allow us to focus on those that could pose a potential threat. The issue, however, is that this can lead to our homes smelling bad as we become less able to recognise offensive odours…
Read on for our general tips for odour control in the home or click through our specific room guides to get each room smelling its best.
- Get some fresh air: Whatever room you’re in, remember to open a window once in a while. You should aim to air your home out for five minutes daily in order to improve the air quality.
- Harness the humidity: Places that are cold and wet such as the bathroom or kitchen are prone to mould and mildew, which can cause a damp smell. Make sure you install a good ventilation system to stop this.
- Clean your carpets and walls: Your carpets and walls absorb bad smells over time, so they shouldn’t be overlooked. Vacuum your carpet regularly to lift any lingering smells and give your walls a wash every year or so. A fresh lick of paint never hurts either!
- Stop pet smells: If you have pets, you can buy an inexpensive black light from most pet shops to spot and then treat urine traces that will show up under the florescent lighting.
- Downsize your bins: Big bins are a blessing when you don’t want to empty them each day, but this can result in a build-up of waste that brings smells even the best bins can’t contain. The smaller the bin the better, as the less stink this will cause.
- Freshen up: Our olfactory system, or sense of smell, plays an important part in our day-to-day lives. Scent can trigger memories as well as affect our mood, so once you’ve cleaned your home it pays to place some scented air freshener products throughout your rooms. Choose Air Wick® for the perfect finishing touch to your home!