How to Get Rid Of Lingering Odors

Have you ever had an odor in your household that just won’t go away? It can be incredibly aggravating, especially after you have scrubbed your home from top to bottom but still can’t get that stench to disappear.

While the easiest thing to do is track down the source, that doesn’t mean the stink will be gone immediately. Here are some easy ways to get those pollutants out of your house, and improve your indoor air quality as quickly as possible.

Air Purifiers

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One of the quickest fixes to improve the air quality in your home is to bring outdoor air inside. Proper ventilation may help to dissipate odors, such as smoke brought on by cooking or fumes created by paint. Keeping the windows and doors open may help to quell the lingering stench, but appliances like UV light air purifiers can help improve the quality of the air that is being circulated throughout your home.

These purifiers help to remove airborne contaminants and allergens from your home, ranging from pet dander to tobacco smoke. With ultraviolet technology, these units are designed to help eliminate the buildup of viruses and other microorganisms that can lead to significant medical conditions and a compromised immune system. Contaminants and pollen from our everyday lives can clog up our home, negatively affecting the indoor air quality. With proper routine maintenance, air purifiers use the power of filtration to help to provide clean air and eliminate any funky smells.

Scent Blockers

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If you’re a smoker, you may find you’re facing an uphill battle eliminating the lingering smell of smoke from your furniture and walls. If your smoke is coming courtesy of a relaxing green herb, you may want to invest in sprays like SmellVeil that cover up the cannabis odor that’s not the favorite of everyone. While most aerosol sprays just mask the smell, these sprays break it down on a molecular level. Mixed with essential oils, this takes those traces of smoke in the air that cause throat irritation and trouble breathing and makes them a thing of the past.

These sprays, along with a proper cleaning regimen, can help tackle even the nastiest of stenches. Regularly scrubbing down the high-traffic areas of your home will help to prevent the buildup of bacteria, leading to odors you just can’t seem to get rid of that easily. This also stops mold and mildew from accruing, leading to a musty smell that seems to just remain stagnant in the air even after you get to the root of the problem. Be sure to keep rooms properly ventilated for enough time after using certain cleaning products as to not have those contaminants lingering in your clean air.

Natural Solutions

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Beyond air purifiers and odor blockers, sometimes nature has the solution to get that smell out of your home. For example, citrus fruits are a great way to cut through lingering bacteria thanks to their high acidity. If you notice a foul odor coming from your garbage disposal, some experts suggest squeezing lemons down the disposal to take down the germs and leave a pleasant aroma behind.

Lemongrass oil and other essential oils, when combined with hot water, can provide help in cutting through soap scum that builds up mildew in your bath and shower. Using salt can also absorb stains that could be the root of your problem, such as a burnt food smell that may build up inside your oven. Before you know it, your household will be as clean as can be, and you’ll be able to take a deep, cleansing breath of perfectly clean air.

Derek Sullivan

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