It isn't always possible to keep all household odors from occurring, but there are many ways to minimize them and prevent some of them from worsening. Here are some tips for getting rid of household odors.

Clean Out Your Drains

Cleaning your drains out when you have a clog should not be the only time they get a thorough drain cleaning. Make it a point to flush the drains about once a week or so. You can do this by pouring a combination of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. Let it sit in the drain until it starts to bubble, then run hot water down the drain. This will rinse the mixture you poured inside and will clean out the drains thoroughly. Any food debris that was causing an odor will be cleared from the drain. You can use bleach to flush the drains if the smell hasn't gone away after using the baking soda.

Clean Out the Fridge and Cabinets

The odor may be coming from outdated food in your refrigerator or some of your food cabinets. It is easy to forget about food that is pushed to the back or old produce that is in the crisping drawer. Periodically go through all areas in your kitchen that have food and check the dates. If anything is expired, throw it away. Also check the drawers, door of your refrigerator, and back corners of your cabinets where food might be hiding and rotting without you knowing it.

Wash Out Your Trash Can

Also be sure to wash out all of the trash cans in your home on a regular basis. They often get overlooked because you think the trash bags keep the can from getting dirty. However, spills happen when throwing things away in a bag-lined trash can and those odors can carry over. Take some time bringing the trash cans outside to rinse them out and wash them with soap and water. This will make a drastic difference in improving the smell inside your home.

Remove Pet Stains

Lastly, the source of you household odors might be from your pets. It is possible that even though your dogs are housetrained, they have made accidents that you weren't aware of. Start by taking out all your rugs and washing them. If there is urine on the rugs, it might not be noticeable, but washing them can remove the smell. Next, vacuum your carpets, then have them cleaned. You can either clean them yourself or get it done professionally. You should also check all the corners and hidden areas of your home for possible pet accidents.

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