Quickly get the room smelling good by taping dryer sheets to a box fan. via Society 19
Another easy way that most realtors know is to bake cookies! I also like to set the bread machine because nothing smells better than freshly baking bread.
HOW TO GET THE BAD SMELL OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
After trying to make the house smell better without success, you might want to attack the root of the stink. Here are some common reasons a house smells bad with some very doable solutions.
HOW TO GET SMOKE SMELL OUT OF HOUSE
Try volcanic rock. I know this sounds crazy, but this super smart and surprisingly affordable option can help when complete renovation isn’t an option. via Julie Blanner
A common suggestion is to boil vinegar and allow it to waft throughout the house. This can also work for steaming clothing with a smokey smell. via Den Garden
Check out this list of odor-absorbing materials via NACHI:
- baking soda
- coffee grounds
Change the air filters in your home and use the super smart filter hack.
HOW TO GET SKUNK SMELL OUT OF THE HOUSE
Getting the skunk house smell out is something I am more than familiar with! When we lived in Abilene, TX we had a set of french doors going to the backyard that were obviously not fully sealed. Repeatedly, a skunk who had entered our yard to drink out of the swimming pool and then find our dog, would corner poor Abby next to those doors.
What happened next filled the entire house with that skunky smell.
I tried tomato juice. And then the whole house smelled like tomato juice…not to be super weird, but tomato juice doesn’t smell that much better than skunk.
The home remedy that really works via University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources:
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
Do not bottle or save this recipe. It is unstable and will expand (or explode), but it can change the chemical composition of the skunk scent which means your house no longer smells like skunk!
GET RID OF MUSTY HOUSE SMELL
This is also a hard one because you have to make sure the root cause of the musty house smell is gone or you will never get rid of it. Or like me, you will get rid of it until the next rain…when the damp comes back in and wets the old musty ickyness making the whole house smell.
1. Once you are rid of the source, then do a thorough cleaning of the entire room/house.
2. Use an odor absorbing material like vinegar, citrus, baking soda, coffee grounds or charcoal.
3. Then use the tips in the beginning of this article to make your house smell better!
MY HOUSE SMELLS LIKE ROTTEN EGGS OR LIKE GAS
Make sure there are no sources of fire on – fireplace, gas stove, etc. and open up a window.
If the smell is strong or seems diffuse (meaning it is not just in one small location), then get out and call 9-1-1 and then your utility provider.
That rotten egg smell is added to the odorless/tasteless/colorless natural gas to alert us about leaks.
So don’t play around with this house smell! It can be serious!
What is your favorite smell hack?