This old expression reflects our well-being when the house and our clothes smell of cleanliness. But how do you get rid of those stubborn and disturbing odors?
On the clothes :
- The hot vinegar removes the smell of sweat from clothes. Soak the fabric in pure vinegar and let the product act for a few hours before washing it off. If you prefer, add 250 ml (1 cup) of vinegar directly to the washing machine with your clothes.
- After washing, expose the garment (upside down) to the sun which has the property of killing the last bacteria. These are one of the main causes of bad odors that persist on clothes.
- Sometimes the washing machine smells of humidity. To remedy this, at the end of the laundry, leave the lid open to allow the moisture to evaporate. Regularly clean the washer by filling it with hot water. Add 4 cups of white vinegar. Let run for a normal cycle. The vinegar loosens the casings and dislodges the dried soap.
In the House :
- The sources of bad odors can be numerous, ranging from excessively dusty curtains, carpets and ventilation plates to drains and garbage cans that can give off foul odors.
- Baking soda sprinkled on carpets and armchairs is an excellent deodorant because it also absorbs odors left by animals. Sprinkle them in the evening before bedtime and vacuum them in the morning.
- To get rid of a smoke, damp or musty smell, place an odor-absorbent bar on the floor of the room, such as Air Sponge, Bio Absorbant, or Attitude’s natural air purifier. These charcoal-based purifiers filter the air and don’t just mask odors. They eliminate them. They can be found in drugstores and department stores like Canadian Tire.
- To eliminate a smelly cooking smell that is prevalent in the house, simply boil a few cups of white vinegar for about fifteen minutes. Keep an eye on the pot, as the vinegar evaporates very quickly.
Smell of damp … you may have a problem
- Here are some signs of excess humidity in the home: peeling wallpaper, traces of moisture on the walls, whitish stains or black streaks on painted walls, fogging and condensation on the walls, windows and often clothes in closets show yellow stains.
- To control the humidity in the cabinets, place newspaper on the shelves, a small bowl of litter on the floor, or some white chalk to absorb the excess moisture.
- In the basement, under the furniture, put a few containers with cat litter. When the litter is solidified into a block, replace them.
- If a bad smell persists in the house, there is no point in masking it with various commercial products. You will need to find the source of the problem and probably consult a specialist to fix it.
What if it smells like “the old wet rag”?
After using the towels and washcloths in the bathroom, take a few seconds to spread them out on a straight bar to dry them completely before sliding them into the laundry basket. If they dry in a “tap”, they will automatically give off a bad smell that can be transmitted to other clothes. One should then pay attention to these details which can also cause this problem:
- Do not overload the dryer, as the laundry may stay damp for too long.
- Be careful not to dry the linens in the dryer at the end of the evening, leaving everything hanging until the next day. In addition to being wrinkled, laundry may emit a damp smell. You will therefore have to dry it again the next day without any guarantee that the smell will disappear.
- You must make sure that the linens are completely dry before folding them and putting them in the linen room, otherwise they could transmit a damp smell to all the laundry in the closet.
The solutions :
- When washing, if necessary, add a capful of bleach to the wash or 125 ml (1/2 cup) of vinegar.
- Before placing smelly towels in the dryer, spray them with a product like Febreze. You will be able to recover the towels that you could no longer “smell”.