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Weird Places in the House that Smell and How to Fix It

Have you ever heard of the term nose blind? Nose blind is when there is a smell somewhere in your house but you aren't aware of it. Well, turns out our homes can be hotspots for smells, and it's very common to be nose blind to those smells. If this makes you feel self conscious like it made me, check out common places in our homes that can smell, and how to fix it!

  1. Workout Equipment - At home exercise equipment can harbor serious sweat smells. The equipment itself can hold odors, and if you have a treadmill or elliptical on a mat, be sure to clean all of them regularly. Check cleaning protocols to be sure not to damage the equipment.

  2. Air Conditioning Vents - Smells coming from the dryer vents should never be ignored - they can indicate significant issues such as a gas leak, bacterial build-up, mold or mildew build-up or mechanical issues. As general maintenance, be sure to change the air filter every couple of months and have your vents professionally cleaned every few years.

  3. Bedroom - Mattresses can create a very unwanted smell over time. To help remove the odor, sprinkle baking soda over the mattress and let sit for several hours. As a bonus, open the windows during the process. After a few hours, vacuum the remaining baking soda and enjoy the freshness!

  4. Curtains - Curtains can hold on to a whole variety of odors. To keep your curtains smelling fresh, simply wash them every season or two.

  5. Sink Drains - Sinks get a lot of use and a lot of food scraps. All of that food can build up and cause serious odors, even with regular cleaning. Deep cleaning the hard to reach places can eliminate those pesky odors.

  6. Mudroom - Mudrooms get a lot of traffic. And if you keep your shoes stored there, odors are pretty much inevitable. Spraying a mixture of vinegar and water inside the shoes can help remove odors and make the whole area smell fresh!

  7. Closets - Lets face it. Closets don't typically get a lot of ventilation. And even with well-organized closets, smells can build up on clothes that have not been washed in a while and on carpet. To help keep your closet smelling fresh, you can sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and vacuum it. Placing dryer sheets or scented soaps can also keep things smelling fresh!

  8. Pool - Dirty pools and excessive chemical smells can be a lot to take in. Regular maintenance (including cleaning, checking chemicals and ensuring proper water levels) can keep your pool looking and smelling its best!


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