Have you ever walked into your home after a day out and noticed your home has a smell about it ? It makes you wonder if visitors can smell something too. As a cleaner of well over 20 years, I've developed a very sensitive nose when it comes cleanliness. Here is a list of guilty culprits and ways to eliminate the odours -
* Rubbish bin. If you've put raw meat scraps or fruit in your bin, this could be the reason for the smell. Perhaps empty your bin more often or reduce the bin size. Start a compost bucket for fruit and veggie scraps and empty every day or so.
* Towels. Odours can build up for various reasons. Not washing yourself thoroughly, not hanging the towel up, folding the towel over, old towels, towels not drying completely, or not washing the towel often enough can contribute to the smell. Generally it's good to wash your towel every 3 or 4 days to reduce the chance of smells. A good airing on the clothesline can greatly help too. So does spraying your towels with vinegar before placing in the washing machine.
* Toilet. Urine splashes around the toilet is the most common cause of toilet smells. Wiping the toilet, floor and walls on a very regular basis will help with the smell. I spray vinegar on the floor once a week and leave it for a few minutes before wiping away. Keeping your toilet lid closed when flushing will keep the germs in the bowl.
* Exhaust Fan in kitchen. Odours from frying food are in the grease trapped in the filters. If the filters are small enough, clean them in the dishwasher. Otherwise, get out your pressure washer to clean the filters outside. Even a kettle of boiling water will help.
* Fridge. Spills left in the fridge, rotten food and dairy are usually the guilty culprits. Clean out your fridge once a week even if it's just a few shelves at a time. Maybe you are buying too much food and don't use it quick enough. I use kitchen detergent and water to clean my fridge but I've heard a little bit of vanilla essence on a cloth helps with odours. So too does bi carb in a bowl.
* Wet washing in the washing machine, dryer or basket. If your washing has accidently been left in the washing machine etc and it smells, don't dry the washing as it is. It will need to be rewashed with a bit of disinfectant to kill the germs and odours. I had a cleaning client who insisted on leaving wet washing in her dryer for days. Eventually she'd turn the dryer on but it never got rid of the smell. I know because I made their beds with smelly linens.