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Tired of smelly chemical cleaners? Here's how you can clean your home with natural ingredients.

We all strive for a fresh, clean-smelling interior, but odors inside the home are difficult to prevent. Many homeowners assume the odors in their homes are simply "an old house smell," but the truth is, all odors have a source or an underlying cause. Most smells are caused by mold or mildew, high levels of humidity, or a lack of ventilation. 

To help your home smell fresh, Our REALTORS® always recommend eliminating the source of the smell first. There are some simple things you can do around the house on a regular basis to keep foul odors at bay. Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Regularly Brush Your Toilet
    Toilets can quickly accumulate mildew, especially if your home has high levels of humidity. Get in the habit of doing a few swishes with a toilet wand every couple of days to help prevent mildew growth. This should be done in addition to your regular, thorough toilet bowl cleanings. You can also use a regular toilet brush if needed.

  • Toss Some Dryer Sheets In The Trash Can
    Dryer sheets don't just eliminate odors from the laundry, they can also help freshen up your trash cans. If you want to keep your home smelling as fresh as these Bronxville homes for sale, throw a few dryer sheets in each can to help eliminate those stinky odors.

  • Pour Some Apple Cider Vinegar Down The Drain
    Many believe apple cider vinegar supports digestion, but it can also eliminate foul odors from your plumbing too. If you have a stinky drain, pour half a cup of apple cider vinegar into your sink, and your kitchen will smell fresh in no time.

  • Put Coffee Grounds Or Baking Soda In The Refrigerator
    The refrigerator can accumulate smells from leftovers, condiments, and anything else you store for a long period of time. Place coffee grounds in a nylon stocking and hang it in the refrigerator or put a cup of baking soda on the rear section of the top shelf. Both are highly effective strategies for combating refrigerator odors.

  • Invest In Some House Plants
    Nothing freshens up an interior quite like house plants. Plus, they make for nice decor in any room. Fresh lavender, scented geraniums, and orange jasmine are great options that will keep your home smelling great.

  • Place An Onion In The Basement
    Did you know onions are highly effective at absorbing odors? By placing one in the basement, you can help eliminate any foul smells caused by mold or mildew build-up. Just slice an onion down the middle and leave it on a basement surface overnight.

  • Unleash The Power Of The Lemon
    One of the easiest ways to eliminate odors is by simply cutting a couple of lemons and placing the slices in various rooms in the home. Lemons can help eliminate bad smells and also replace them with a fresh scent.

When it comes to freshening up your home, you don't need to rely on heavy-duty cleaning solutions or strong chemicals. There are tons of family-safe, natural solutions for getting rid of those common house smells. Contact us today for more home improvement suggestions.

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