Do friends and guests cringe when they step into your house? Do you think it has something to do with how it smells? Sometimes we get so used to our immediate environment that we no longer see (or in this case, smell) anything wrong in it.
First step to deodorizing your home is to let some fresh air in. Open up the windows and doors. Dust your furniture and throw away trash lying around.
While the rooms are airing out, prepare your vinegar solution. Mix by thoroughly shaking half and half white distilled vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle. Spray this lightly on cloth and fabrics such as drapes, carpets and upholstery.
If you have carpets, sprinkle them carpet deodorizer and lightly brush with a broom. Let it stay for about 15 minutes before vacuuming thoroughly.
You can use commercial air fresheners or you can set out a bowl of fresh potpourri. You can also light scented oils and candles (just be careful you don’t set fire to your place).
If you have pets, make sure that you give them regular baths and that you clean their kennels and litter boxes regularly as well. Don’t let them in the room if you’ve just cleaned it.
Don’t forget to deodorize your home at least once a month (twice a month would be preferable).