How To Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

Author: Daisy

How do you keep your home smelling fresh? Deep down, no matter how ashamed or embarrassed people may feel to admit it, we all experience a home that smells sometimes.

It’s natural!

In your kitchen you’ll find the wonderful scents of your cooking dinner. Only for, the next day, the residue to smell rotten or sour.

In your living room or bedroom you can smell the clean linen and light scent of lemons from your fabric cleaner. Yet, eventually, these will fade away to the scent of natural body odours and damp.

We won’t even start with the bathroom.

Our homes are host to a wonderful array of smells – good or bad. And, often, these are smells that cannot be helped.

If you have children or pets, you’re probably well versed in the smells they’re able to carry in. Whether they’re brought it in from school or from their daily walks, it’s impossible to avoid.

So, what do you do?

How do you make sure that you’re home is always smelling clean and fresh, no matter what faces it?

Don’t worry. At Laundry Revolutions, we’ve compiled a handy guide on keeping your home in the best condition possible.

And, as always, if you feel that you’re unable to do this yourself – we’re here to help! At Laundry Revolutions we provide dry cleaning and laundry services from homeware to clothing.

If you’re in need of a professional cleaning service to help eliminate the bad odours and stains, we’re available with our fantastic 24 hour service.

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1. Uncover the Scent

It’s a game that we’re sure many of us have played in our lifetimes.

Where is that smell coming from?

You could be sitting down to watch TV with your family, when suddenly you’re hit with that awful smelling scent.

What is that?

You turn to look at your partner, who is known to give off some pretty bad smells when he wants to. But no, he says it’s not him.

Perhaps one of your children lied about washing the dog, and she’s causing up the stink? No, it’s not the dog either.

You suddenly find yourself on your hands and knees desperately trying to hunt down the bad smell that’s ruining your evening.

When you find it. It’s your curtains.

Discovering the cause of smell is extremely important when it comes to keeping your home clean and fresh.

Especially when you consider that it’s all too easy to become acclimated to smells in your home. You become nose blind, and before you know it, you don’t even notice when something smells wrong.

It’s worthwhile doing a routine check to make sure that everything in your home is smelling the way it should be.

Or, even before you get to this step, just make sure that you’re regularly cleaning the things in your home!

Scents cling to fabrics for an incredibly long time. And, given that 70% of laundry dirt is caused by the human body, it’s important to discover these problem areas and act fast.

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2. Remove the Cause of Scent

So, you’ve discovered the cause of the bad smell in your home.

What do you do now? Burn it? Burry it? Banish it from your home?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be that severe with your smelly culprit.

You just need to act quickly, by removing it from your home – only temporarily, however!

If possible, once you’ve noticed that something is smelling wrong, you should get rid of it.

This may be more difficult to do if it’s something like curtains, which you want to continue to use for privacy reasons; or your carpet, if it physically cannot be taken up.

But if the cause of smell is something as simple as a bad jumper, a dirty tablecloth, or an old rug – you should take it out of your home.

Removing the item from your home stops the transmission of smells, and makes sure that it doesn’t travel in your home any further than it needs to.

Now, you need to decide what you’re going to do with it.

Perhaps your rug only need a night outside hanging on the washing line to air out, before it’s as good as new.

Or perhaps there’s a secret stain you never noticed before, and you need to get rid of it before it returns to your home. (For information on stain removal, check out our article here!)

In any case, putting the item outside or somewhere isolated like a garage or hallway helps eliminate the smell spreading.

And, once you’ve tackled the smell, it can return safely to its beloved space in your home.

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3. Air Out Your Home

But, what do you do if the cause of bad smell in your home isn’t a physical item? What if it’s more like something in the air, rather than something you can get dry cleaned and fixed?

If you’re trying to keep your home smelling fresh, you need to let your home air.

This means opening the windows and doors and letting the air in. One of the most common reasons for a home that smells bad is because you don’t regularly open the windows.

As a result, fresh air isn’t able to circulate freely throughout the home.

This may be something which is more difficult to achieve during the winter months, when you’re desperately trying to keep in the warm.

But even if it’s for an hour every week, it’s an important routine to maintain.

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4. Freshen Up Your Carpet

You’d be amazed to discover the amount of every day household items that can be used when it comes to cleaning your home.

Home remedies are a great way of keeping things fresh and revitalised. And, are often a more cost-effective way of doing so as well.

Take baking soda, for example.

An everyday item used for baking. But, it also has plenty of hidden potential when it comes to cleaning your home too.

Particularly when it come to cleaning carpet.

Carpet – no matter how soft, expensive, or good quality – is terrible for retaining scents and smells. Whether it’s mould, dirt, spillages, or anything else, carpet likes to cling onto these bad smells for as long as possible.

It’s to do with the fibres that make up the carpet. And, sadly, there isn’t much you can do to stop it.

Which can be really off putting if you’re trying to relax in your home, and all you can smell is old mud and that bottle of wine you knocked over last week.

This is where baking soda comes in. Baking soda is a great way of getting rid of scents and stains because of its chemical components.

To remove any bad smells from your carpet, just sprinkle it over and leave it to work its magic for a few hours.

When you come back later, all you need to do is vacuum it up.

You’ll find that your carpet has been given a breath of fresh air – literally – and won’t smell or look nearly as old and worn as it really is.

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5. Introduce Some New, Welcome, Scents

If you’re trying to keep your home smelling fresh and clean, then you should really invest in some nice smelling accessories.

There are lots of different things to choose from. From candles to incense, you can choose your desired scent and make sure that your home is smelling the way you want it to.

There’s a reason why the UK candle industry is worth 1.9 billion pounds, after all!

Not too sure what type of scent you’re after? We can break it down for you.

Candles: candles are cheap and an also attractive accessory for your home. You can choose scented or unscented candles, and have them dotted about your home. The only downside is that you have to be careful not to leave them unattended, as they’re an open flame.

Pot pourri: pot pourri is made up of dried, scented flowers and are great for introducing some nice smells into your home. Pot pourri is cheap and also a nice decoration for your home, but you’ll find that the scent will fade after a while.

Incense: incense has undoubtedly risen in popularity. It looks great, is fire-safe, and comes in a range of scents. The only downside is that some people don’t like the smoky-smell it can cause, and may find that it irritates their lungs.

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6. Wash Your Fabrics

How often are you changing and washing your sheets?

According to Dreams, the mattress company, bed sheets should be changed every week!

And, duvet covers washed and changed every other week.

We’re all guilty of leaving our sheets on our beds for a little longer than we should. Especially when they take up so much room in the washing machine, and are so difficult to put back on the bed!

But, that doesn’t mean that it’s good for us.

Given how much time we spend in our beds, and how human-products like skin and hair are some of the biggest causes for smells, there’s no wonder we should be washing our sheets more often.

It’s a very overlooked area in the home. But, science tells us that regularly clean sheets are important for a number of reasons.

The scent retention of fabric is incredibly high. Meaning, it’s incredibly important to maintain this level of cleanliness in your bedroom.

Next time you’re experiencing a bad smell in your room, check to make sure that it’s not the very place you’re lying your head every night.

And, as always, if you’re unable or unwilling to clean your sheets or any other pieces in your home – we can always do it for you!

At Laundry Revolutions, we offer a wide range of cleaning and ironing services. If your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to take the time out to laundry your items, we’re here to help.

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