You know those commercials where people are used to the smells in their home, but when their guests walk in, the house smells awful? That is one of my biggest fears as a hostess, especially since I have a terrible sense of smell.
9 Ways to Deodorize Your Home
accent pillow covers
Let’s face it, we cover up with blankets and lay all over the pillows and slipcovers that adorn our sofas and chairs. They also pick up pet hair and odors in the air. So, be sure to wash them before your guests arrive.
Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and any area rugs you may have and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes before vacuuming. The baking soda will absorb any odors that may be hiding in the carpet.
Tip: Add your favorite essential oil to the baking soda to leave behind a pleasant scent.
- garbage disposal
My favorite way to deodorize the garbage disposal is to sprinkle baking soda down the drain and let it sit for about 15 minutes or so. Then, pour vinegar down the drain and cover the drain with the drain cover.
Once the vinegar and baking soda have had a chance to work, run cool water down the drain.
Tip: Grind a lemon in the disposal for fresh, clean scent.
indoor trash cans
I’ve forgotten to empty the bathroom trash cans before guests arrived and it made my worst fear as a hostess come true. Embarrassingly enough, I can think of at least a few occasions where that happened.
So, first of all, empty the trash.
Then, spray the can with disinfecting deodorizer and let it air out. Finally, sprinkle some baking soda onto the bottom of the can before replacing the trash bag.
litter box/pet areas
Scoop the litter and be sure to add a fresh layer of litter to the box. If the box needs it, go ahead and empty it out and wash it before adding new litter. Vacuum or sweep the floors where your pets hang out. Wash or vacuum pet beds.
Spray air freshener on any linens and fabrics that can’t be washed.
Tip: Avoid a cleaning frenzy by sticking to a weekly cleaning routine.
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See you in class,