Not a big fan of cleaning your home? You’re not alone. But a stinky refrigerator or stale-smelling closet isn’t fun either. Maybe that’s why 81 percent of the 1,035 American adults in Allstate’s “It’s Not Just Stuff” survey said they clean their homes at least once a week. Whatever your reason for cleaning, these tips may help keep your home smelling fresh.
The refrigerator that suddenly has a stink you can’t get rid of. Those couch cushions that never smell fresh, no matter how much lavender spray you use. Sometimes your regular cleaning routine needs a little boost. These three hacks may make fighting tough odors in your home simpler.
Let’s start in the kitchen. If you can’t get rid of the smell in your refrigerator, MarthaStewart.com has a handy tip. First, unplug and empty your refrigerator and freezer, storing the food in a cooler. Put on some rubber gloves, and clean the interiors thoroughly with a sponge dipped into a mix of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of hot water. The Department of Agriculture suggests you can then sanitize with a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach mixed with a gallon of water. Let it air out for 15 minutes and you’re ready to put your food back into your fresh-smelling refrigerator and freezer.
There’s a natural way to help keep your closets smelling fresh, according to ModernMom.com. Start by emptying out your closet, then put on rubber gloves and add half a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Dunk a rag into the mixture, and first test it on an inconspicuous spot on your closet walls and shelves to make sure it won’t cause any damage to your particular material. Once you’ve confirmed that, use the rag with the solution to wipe down the closet shelves and walls, and you’re all set.
Finally, Reader’s Digest has a quick tip that may help neutralize odors in any room in your home. Cut a few lemons in half, and set them in a bowl, cut side up. Then place the bowl in the offending room, and soon you’ll be able to enjoy the newfound freshness.
Want more tips and resources for maintaining your home? Visit allstate.com/ItsNotJustStuff.