It happens to all of us. No matter how clean you try to keep your home, there are days when you open the front door and are confronted by a stink you can’t identify. Before setting out on a wild goose chase armed with air freshener, look for four of the most common sources of mystery odors at home.
Hidden Dirty Laundry
Laundry odors sneak up on you over time. If they’re left in a pile for too long or in a hamper with little ventilation, sweaty clothes and damp towels will gradually smell worse and worse. You will be left wondering if the detergent will even be enough. If your house doesn’t have a specific laundry room and you’re noticing that unique stench of old clothes, it’s time to investigate and see if there’s a pile hidden away and in need of washing.
A Smelly Shoe Rack
One of the most common sources of mystery odors at home is one or two stinky shoes proudly announcing their funk to the whole house. Shoes can become a hot, damp environment that bacteria adore—so if they aren’t cleaned properly, they truly stink. Remind family members to wash their feet and wear socks with fabric shoes to prevent this. Use baking soda or disinfectants to get the smell out of your shoes.
One of the most agonizing sources of odors in the home is smelly appliances. Whether it’s spoiled food in the fridge or a burnt mess at the bottom of the oven, if you can track your home’s odor to an appliance, it means you’ve got some tedious cleaning ahead of you. Soap, water, and vinegar can go a long way when cleaning your common kitchen appliances.
It’s in the Air
If none of the other classic culprits are causing the smell, it’s time to check the vents and air filters. A little air freshener won’t fix the problem if the smell is coming from where the air itself passes through. Mold, mildew, and dust can all have an impact on your air filtration. The musty smell will be noticeable and constant. Luckily for moms, there are a variety of ways to improve air quality in order to address the odors indoors as soon as possible.
If you can’t manage to find the source of the smell, break out the candles, potpourri, or incense. Even baking cookies can overwhelm the odor and give your family a welcome break from the odor.