You keep your home neat and clean but occasionally notice an unpleasant smell. Unfortunately, odors can happen in any household. Garbage cans, damp bathrooms, and sink drains can begin to smell foul. The good news is that there are easy ways to eliminate bad smells and keep your living spaces fresh and clean. Here are four common causes of odors in the home – and how to fix them.

Sinks and Drains

One of the most common sources of unpleasant odors in the home is sinks and drains, particularly in the kitchen. If the sink smells unpleasant, it’s likely because the drain contains food particles, grease, and soap scum. Clean the drain using a plumber’s snake to eliminate debris and foul odors. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar. Let the mixture sit for an hour, then flush with hot water.

If you have an in-sink garbage disposal, flush it with hot water frequently and occasionally add baking soda or lemon peels to the disposal to freshen the appliance.

Trash Cans Cause Odors in the Home

If your garbage can smells terrible, clean it. Remove the liner and scrub the inside with hot soapy water to clean the trash bin. Rinse it well and let the container air dry completely. To help absorb foul odors, sprinkle baking soda inside the trash can. Use trash bags and take them out regularly to prevent bad odors.

Musty Bathroom

If your bathroom has a damp, musty smell, it’s probably due to inadequate air circulation and mold growth. To prevent a musty odor, hang towels to dry after each use. Alternatively, put them in the dryer instead of a pile on the floor. Turn on the bathroom ventilation fan when showering or bathing to boost airflow. Good circulation will dry the room and reduce the occurrence of musty odors, mold, and mildew growth.

Pet Odors in the Home

Pets are often the reason for bad smells in the home. If your pet is dirty, bathe them with pet-safe shampoo. Clean up accidents immediately and use an enzyme-based cleaner to eliminate the odor. Finally, vacuum regularly and use an air purifier to help remove pet smells from your home.

Foul odors are never pleasant, but fortunately, there are easy ways to eliminate them. Keep your home and pets clean, and you’ll enjoy fresher pleasant-smelling living areas.

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