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Keep Your Home Smelling Good All The Time

Happy Autumn Clean Freaks! Today, I want to talk about how to keep a fresh smelling home! The one thing that is so frustrating to me, is to walk in my front door and smell food from yesterday! Kind of weird, because yesterday it smelled fantastic!

Since we are past the open windows, fresh air time of year, I wanted to share how you can get compliments on how fresh your home smells. It may take a little while for some of these tips to become habits, but give a few of these suggestions a try, and I guarantee you the fam will start noticing the difference!

“The key to having a fresh smelling house, is to first eliminate
                  the bad odors. You cannot just mask existing odors.”

Northern Michigan Spotless Interiors (NMSI) recommends these house deodorizing tricks:

1. Empty garbage cans frequently. Change your can liners every few days, and make sure no garbage has fallen into the container.
2. Clean out your refrigerator. Go through it once a week and toss items that are past their prime. Place an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors.
3. Sprinkle baking soda before vacumming. I have even left this sit overnight before vaccumming.
4. Use your crock pot. Fill it with water, and add 3 or more T. of baking soda. Turn on low, keep the lid off.
5. Invest in an air purifier. I run one of these in my home all the time. It is economical and helps tremendously.
6. Take care of pet odors. Spray a pet deodorizer on pet bedding and even right on the pet. You can make your own with 2 T. of baking soda, 2 cups of distilled water and -12 drops of pet-safe essential oil in a spray bottle. Brush your pet, and of course use a pet stain and odor eliminator on accident areas.

7. Remove musty towels. An easy trick to getting rid of that gross smell, is to soak your towels overnight in hot water and a cup or two of vinegar. Then, wash them in the usual way. No more smell! And last but not least, use a drain cleaner, in all of your kitchen and bathroom drains. It works wonders!

Have a safe…and extra clean Autumn! See you next week!

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