In the great race of life, sometimes things get a bit...well ...ripe. When you find your house smelling not quite as fresh you would like, pause, just a moment and rethink your next move. I know there are a lot of commercials nudging you to spray a magical solution that will make your world all roses or lemons or pine fresh again.
The commercials advertise: "Just spray our ___________ on your __________ and no matter what stench exists, your life will be happier-fresher-smoother." hahaha
Oh, if life were really that simple. Of course it isn't and if you take a little pause maybe your good old fashioned common sense will kick in.
We as living creatures, should breathe healthy air- it is kind of essential. We don't thrive from breathing in chemicals.
The 1st 3 steps in odor removal:
1. Pause! Don't panic!
2. Investigate, go CSI on discovering- what is the source of this stench?
3. Remove the source of this unpleasant smell.
Yesterday, I was in our 2nd bathroom and was a bit horrified by the odor I smelled. So I yelled for Dallas-my husband- that is kind of like pausing isn't it? He was busy but did suggest I check the drain in the tub and run a little water. (This bathroom doesn't see much shower activity- hint hint) I did run water in that drain and sure enough that is where the stench was coming from. All it needed was a good flushing. Spraying brad x all over me, my shower and home was not near as effective at removing this odor as was running a little water.
Here are some possible odor locations worth checking next time your nose goes on high alert:
8 Odor Sources to check:
Beware this list isn't to be read before dinner...
1. Drains- Unused drains can become quite irksome
Over used drains call also become quite irksome- hair and soap build up
2. Rotting produce- There is nothing as bad as a rotting potato on top of your microwave
I guess rotting garlic isn't that great either
Food that travels, will hide where you would least expect it...
3. Trash bins- sometimes things get thrown away with a little too much time before trash day. A fish wrapper will get mighty flamboyant by about day 3
4. Grease filters- when was the last time you cleaned your grease filter over your stove???
5. Dirty diapers, litter boxes and pet accidents- these are rarely a good dinner smell. Babies and kittens are super cute- what comes out the other end... well....
6. Moldy socks, moldy towels, moldy anything- dig deep and see what hides under beds, in corners, seals to dishwashers or washing machines.
Make sure to check against exterior walls - closets, behind beds or furniture with little air flow - condensation forms here and this is a common area for unexpected mold growth.
7. It could be cleaning issue. Soil, bacteria, soap, mold all come together to for a bio-film on your home- clean it up. Check pets beds, bathroom's, walls, blinds, under refrigerators etc...
8. Sometimes you just have a case of stale air. Make sure your home is getting renewed, fresh air everyday. And on the flip side make sure the stale/stagnate air is being venting out
OK my work is done for the day. But keep this in mind, when a company recommends you should spray their chemical/product everywhere, what they are mainly doing is selling you a lot of chemical!!!
Happy investigating! As always, wishing you a healthy, happy and sweet smelling home.