Common Causes Of Bad Household Smells (And How To Fix Them)

Despite your best efforts at keeping your home clean, there will always be those unpleasant smells that will arise from time to time. You will easily be able to pinpoint some of these, from the poop in the cat litter tray to the moldy food that has gone way past its sell-by date while sitting in the fridge. These smells are easy to remedy, but what about those nasty pongs that seem to linger, no matter what you do. You may not even know where the smells are coming from. So, while you could buy a truckload of Febreze to mask the stench, we have some practical advice you might find helpful.


Here are three possible reasons why your home doesn’t smell as fresh as you would like.

There is hidden mold in your home

If your home has a musty, damp smell, it is likely you have mold. Unfortunately, this is a common problem, especially in older homes. The issue can be caused by leaky plumbing, poor ventilation, condensation, and problems with the guttering. Once you have discovered the source, you will be able to take steps to fix the problem. You may need to call in a professional to deal with more complicated sources, such as the guttering, but you can prevent mold growing by ensuring you open the windows where mold is prevalent, such as in the bathroom and kitchen. For rooms that have no air conditioning, you should use a dehumidifier to deal with the issue. Mold can be toxic, so it needs to be removed as soon as possible. Follow the advice here to help you remove the mold from your walls, safely and responsibly.


Your drains are blocked

You know your drains are blocked when you have standing water in your sink, or there is a putrid sulfurous smell rising from the plughole. While this can be easily remedied, using a store-bought sink unblocker, for example, you may need to call in a plumber if the problem is persistent. Blockages are often caused by the buildup of waste food, but there may be a bigger issue, such as a collapsed pipe. A professional will be able to identify and fix the problem, but you should still do your part, such as not disposing of your food (or other substances), down the sink.


Your carpets have absorbed bad smells

Our carpets absorb a lot of bad odors over time, from pet urine to spilled liquids. You should always mop up spills as soon as you see them, but if the smells linger, you may be tempted to replace your carpets. This is obviously expensive, so you may consider fixing the issue yourself. Baking soda can deodorize your carpets, so check out this helpful tutorial. If the smell persists, you should give your carpets a deeper clean, by renting a steam cleaner or hiring a professional to deal with the stubborn smells.


Final word

Household smells are unpleasant, and they can creep up on you over time. We have covered the main culprits, so by taking precautions, you should be able to eliminate the problem before it becomes overwhelming. Thanks for reading.


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