The Most Common Causes Of Bad Smells In The Home

There’s nothing worse than bad smells in your home and they can make it so unpleasant. The problem is, you can’t always work out where those smells are coming from. If your home constantly has a bad smell, it’s not the relaxing space that you want it to be, and it can be embarrassing to invite people over. But if you can work out where the smell is coming from, you can deal with it and get your home smelling nice and fresh again. These are some of the most common causes of bad smells in the home. 

Dirty Dishwashers 

A dirty dishwasher is one of the most common causes of bad smells in the home, and most people don’t realize it because they assume that the dishwasher cleans itself. Unfortunately, that isn’t true and, over time, old food will get clogged up in the filters and cause bad smells. The filters in old dishwashers may not function properly and could need replacing if you want to stop bad odors. It’s a good idea to call out a dishwasher repair company and get them to perform maintenance. They can fix any issues and replace all of the filters so food does not get clogged up and start smelling. 


Pets bring so much happiness to our lives, but they also bring a lot of mess into the house and they can be the cause of bad smells. When you have a pet, it’s important that you stay on top of the cleaning, especially if you are expecting guests. Make sure that you vacuum regularly to get rid of all of the pet hair, and bathe them regularly as well. If you stay on top of grooming, you will find it a lot easier to deal with the smell. 


If you are not very good at cleaning the fridge out and there is a lot of old food at the back, it will start to smell a lot. It’s important that you clear the fridge out every week and get rid of any old food, and clean all of the shelves down to get rid of smells. If you are struggling with bad smells in the fridge, you can also put a slice of lemon in some baking soda in the back, and that will soak up the odors. 

Old Carpets 

Carpets can soak up a lot of odors over time and when you walk on them, those odors are released back into the air. Vacuuming might pick up dust and dirt, but it won’t get rid of any of the smells that stick to the carpet. It’s important that you give the carpet a deep clean every now and again to keep your home smelling fresh. You can hire a professional carpet cleaning company to do it for you, or buy your own carpet cleaner. There are some great ways to clean your carpet without a steam cleaner as well.  


If you can tackle these common causes of bad smells in the home, you can keep the space smelling fresh and make sure that your guests always feel welcome. 


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