No matter how much you clean your home, the odours of everyday
life are unavoidable. But don't let that get you down - here are
some helpful tips from the experts at MOLLY MAID to help you rid
your home of odours.
Maintaining a Fresh Smelling Garbage
Wash indoor and outdoor garbage bins with warm water and soap to
remove excess garbage debris. Leave fabric softener sheets in the
bottom of your kitchen garbage to absorb odours.
Cleaning Up Burnt-On Food Spills in Your Oven or
If food from a casserole dish bubbles over onto the stove or
oven floor, sprinkle a bit of salt on the spill to absorb the burnt
smell. Adding salt to the area will also make it easier to clean up
Freshening Up a Stale Freezer
Place a clean sock filled with dry coffee grounds inside your
freezer to deodorise it. This will keep your freezer fresh.
Maintaining a Clean Microwave
The awful smell of burnt popcorn seems to remain in your
microwave for quite some time until it eventually disperses. To
speed up the process, fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 and
1/2 cups of water and 3 or 4 sliced lemons along with a fragrant
spice such as like cloves. Bring the water to a boil in the
microwave, and leave it to steam for 15 minutes. Leave the door of
your microwave open for an hour or so to let it air out.
Keeping Your Dishwasher Smelling Fresh
If your dishwasher develops an odour, check to ensure that there
is no food at the bottom of your machine. Next, pour some white
vinegar into the bottom of your dishwasher and let it sit for about
an hour. Run the dishwasher through a full cycle to eliminate the
smell. If the odour is still present after the cycle, call your
Maintaining a Clean Wooden Cutting Board
To keep your wooden cutting board clean, scrub the wood with a
mixture of lemon juice and baking soda or salt. Rinse well and wipe
with mineral oil.
Keep Your Fridge and Kitchen Smelling Fresh
Cooking foods such as fish or cabbage can leave behind strong
aromas in your kitchen. To help eliminate these odours you can
place a small bowl of white vinegar on the flat surface of your
stove. You can also freshen up your fridge by pouring baking soda
into a plastic margarine tub with holes in the lid. Wipe down
fridge walls with white vinegar to get rid of any other remaining
Keeping Your Toilet Clean
When your toilet needs cleaning, pour 1 cup of white vinegar
into the toilet bowl and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. Scrub
briskly and flush.
Keeping Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh
Dab an essential oil such as cinnamon or orange onto a hand full
of cotton balls, and place them in a small bowl on a shelf. This
will help keep your bathroom smelling fresh.
Freshening Up Your Carpets
To quickly and effectively freshen up your stale carpets,
sprinkle a box of baking soda over its surface and let it settle
into the carpet for 30 minutes. Run a vacuum over your carpet to
remove the remaining baking soda.
Freshening Up a Stale Mattress
Spray your mattress with a disinfectant to kill the bacteria
causing the odour. In between cleanings, sprinkle some baking soda
onto your mattress and let it stand for 15 minutes. Run the vacuum
over your mattress to remove the remaining baking soda.
Keeping Your Closet Smelling Fresh
Just like your freezer, hanging clean socks filled with dry
coffee grounds will help you maintain a fresh smelling