8 Easy Ways to Get Rid Of Bad Smells At Home

LIFESTYLE  |  December 26, 2017
  • Goodbye, awful smell
    1 / 9 Goodbye, awful smell

    Household smells develop in all kinds of different places. And some can be really difficult to eradicate. Home cleaning platform Helpling shares eight hacks to permanently get rid of smells in your house – without high costs and chemicals!

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  • 1. Frying smell
    2 / 9 1. Frying smell

    You have aired all rooms, but the smell of your fried fish or egg and sausage breakfast this morning still lingers in the apartment? Next time, look ahead by placing a bowl with vinegar in the kitchen before you start cooking your food. The vinegar absorbs the smell and hinders it from spreading to different rooms. In case you forgot to take preventive action beforehand: Simply distribute small bowls with ground coffee to neutralise the smell.

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  • 2. (Sports) shoes
    3 / 9 2. (Sports) shoes

    The smell of your favorite sneakers almost makes you faint when taking them off? The smell source is obviously sweat. However, ventilating your shoes is only a short-term solution. To imbibe the moisture, place dry tea bags (new or used) in the toe caps instead. These also distribute the fresh aroma of your favourite tea and get rid of the odour.

    (Also read: 6 Easy Hacks to Freshen Up Smelly Shoes)

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  • 3. Rubbish bin
    4 / 9 3. Rubbish bin

    No matter how many times we take out the rubbish bag, the mouldy smell often remains. It originates from the liquids and fermentation processes of the waste. First, thoroughly wash the bin with washing liquid and vinegar. After that, put some cat litter on the bottom of the bin and place the bag on top. The litter continuously soaks up the moisture. As soon as it lumps, simply exchange with a new one – and your home will no longer smell like compost.

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  • 4. Smoke
    5 / 9 4. Smoke

    The evening ended up with more guests than expected and you got persuaded to let your friends smoke in the apartment. Smoke is persistent and rarely leaves the room through open windows. Unfortunately, there is no magical household remedy. Only one thing really helps: Wash your curtains, pillows, and blankets at 30 degrees on fine wash – and the pub atmosphere will be gone.

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  • 5. Fridge
    6 / 9 5. Fridge

    Leftover food or forgotten fruit can be enough to ruin our appetite when opening the fridge. First of all, remove the malefactor and clean the spot with vinegar cleaner. Then sprinkle salt on a fresh lemon slice and place it in the fridge. The salty-sour combination absorbs smells on the spot! Replace it with a new lemon slice after about four days.

    (Also read: 4 Foods That Will Make Your Breath Smell Good)

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  • 6. Toilet
    7 / 9 6. Toilet

    The smell after the business makes you hope that nobody else is entering the bathroom after you? Simply light a few matches. The sulphury odour effectively distracts from you all other smells. In case you want to create a pleasant bathroom atmosphere at home, light candles. These have the same effect as matches and look homey as well!

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  • 7. Kitchen sink
    8 / 9 7. Kitchen sink

    Glasses and pots are all washed up, the sink is clean, but mouldy smells are still coming from the drain? Instead of using chemicals, try this natural solution: pour hot water and afterwards, half a cup of baking powder as well as vinegar in the drain. After about 10 minutes, wash the foaming miracle mixture away with one litre of boiling water – and the smell plus pipe clogging are gone!

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  • 8. Garlic smell on the hands
    9 / 9 8. Garlic smell on the hands

    You have washed your hands several times, but the garlic smell remains? Simply rub your wet hands on a surface of stainless steel, such as your sink or the fridge. As an alternative, you can resort to an old household remedy: Dip your hands in a bowl of milk and leave them there for a few minutes. That way, the persistent smell is driven off and you are left with soft, nourished skin.

    (Also read: 5 Reasons Why Your Vagina Is Smelly & What It Means)

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