Let’s face it: stinky rooms that send you running for the hills are embarrassing. Even more embarrassing is when you don’t smell how foul your home is… but your visitors do. Because they’re your friends and visitors to your home, they won’t downright tell you to clean—unless you two have a strong sense of brutal honesty, personal feelings be darned—but will definitely gab about it later on. If you have a few moments, I’d like to go over those things you can do to eliminate rank, vile and nose-clenching odors.
1. Baking Soda
I love baking soda. My first experience with baking soda came from using it to wipe months-old grime from the shelves of the fridge. (Since I didn’t want to use chemical-laden dish soap.) Baking soda made mincemeat out of that grime. Then I decided to play around and discovered that baking soda can be used to clean toilets, unclog sink drains, freshen up garbage disposals, clean dishes, laundry detergent booster, freshening up rugs, and a lot more.
Here’s how you can make the most out of this powerhouse soda:
- Grab a spray bottle
- Add 1/2 cup of baking soda per 1 cup of water
- Get to work
If you don’t enjoy the thought of having white powder throughout the rooms of your home, a bed bug heater is your next best bet for controlling bed bugs and other insects. Insects thrive on cool-to-medium temperatures, and simply cannot stand higher temperatures – something not many people know about. Which is a shame, considering the bed bug outbreak epidemic that swept the world a few years ago.
3. Essential oils
Do you have any air filters, air vents, diffusers or a spray bottle? Then you can maximize the powerful radiance of essential oils. These “miracles” have been around for thousands of years. There’s a reason for that: not only do they smell terrific, they also help manage depression, are antibacterial, detoxifying and help calm you down to a state of serenity.
4. Diatomaceous Earth
Do you want to eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, and microscopic parasites… without calling for an expensive exterminator? Diatomaceous earth (DE) will get the job done.
A couple years ago, my home was infested with bed bugs, termites, fleas and ticks. (Thanks, cat.) I tried everything: washing everything in hot water, sprinkling salt everywhere, even burning my blankets and cushions to a crisp out in the 90-degree sun. Nothing worked.
Then I came across this little white powder, ordered it on Amazon, waited for delivery, then finally got to use it. Because DE is a crystal-like powder, it’s made up of particles; each of these particles have hundreds of jagged-sharp edges. When insects, parasites and microscopic pests (ants, bed bugs, maggots, etc.) crawl over these particles, they are effectively shredding apart their own bodies.
The instructions for using DE are simple:
- Sprinkle the powder on all infected areas (carpets, rugs, wall linings, cupboards, etc.)
- Let sit for 6-12 hours
- Vacuum every area
Do you have 10 minutes to spare? Then you can deodorize parts of your home. When you’re pressed for time, and the number of things you have to do seem mountain-high and overwhelming… giving yourself 10-minute intervals is just what you need. This amount of time isn’t long enough to get major tasks done but is long enough to tidy up what needs to be done without giving yourself too much work too soon. And, you’ll be able to give yourself these 10-minute chunks at various times throughout the day.
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