Practical advice to help you bust that bad odour!

It doesn’t matter if it is cooking, rubbish, the toilet or a spill; a nasty odour can upset you and anyone who visits your house.

Household Odours

It doesn’t matter if it is cooking, rubbish, the toilet or a spill; a nasty odour can upset you and anyone who visits your house.

General Odours

A good cleaning regime should ensure your house stays clean and odour free.  A little bit of cleaning daily has much bigger rewards than putting it off, so that you have to do a big clean when the smell gets too bad!

Always start your cleaning and dusting routine at the top of the room, with the tallest items of furniture, working your way downwards.

For shelves and hard surfaces, a damp duster or cloth is more effective than a dry one, as it will trap dust rather than moving it around.

For rugs and carpets, a vacuum cleaner will be your best weapon– models with HEPA filters are the most efficient at trapping the smallest particles. Vacuum after dusting to catch any loose dirt and remove the musty smell.

For curtains and seating upholstery, use your vacuum’s low setting and brush.

Hard floors or vinyl should be mopped rather than swept, as this will stop dust from returning straight away.

For unspecific general odours, use an all-purpose odour eliminator such as Febreze® or Zybax Air and, if possible, open a window and let in some fresh air.

Cooking Odours

Cooking smells are tough to clean because they are bonded to aerosolised grease and smoke.

It is essential that kitchens are cleaned well and frequently so that dirt, grease and grime cannot accumulate.

To get rid of the dirt, you need a soap or detergent that can emulsify grease – most household cleaners will do.

If fitted, always use an extractor fan; or if you don’t have one open a window if cooking fatty and/or smelly foods.

Use an odour eliminator such as Febreze® or Zybax Air to remove any residual odours.  No, each section is unique and there are only 3 mentions in this section.

Removing Smoke Odours

Smoke can be tough to get rid of depending on the build-up and frequency of exposure. Open a window to let some fresh air circulate through a room.

You can also leave a bowl of vinegar near the ashtray. The vinegar absorbs the odour.

Or, you can use an odour eliminator such as Febreze® or Zybax Air.

Fixing a Smelly Sink and curing drain odours

The sinks in our homes get used many times throughout the day. It’s no wonder you might occasionally catch a whiff of something smelly now and then. With body oils, hair, toothpaste, soaps, fats, oils and grease, etc. going down the drain – the chances are something will cause a stink!

Removing hair from the plug frequently and/or use a metal coat hanger that has been straightened out with a hook at the end.

Pour a couple of capfuls of bio-enzymatic cleaner, such as Zybax Ultra, down the plughole at least once per week, just before you go to bed.

Removing Fridge Odours

Check the simple things – remove old and smelly foods.

If the old or expired food items or spills haven’t been cleaned up and have been in the fridge for a long period of time – take everything out and give it a good cleaning.

Mix together ¼ cup baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to 4 cups of warm water.

Clean the sides, shelves, and drawers. Wipe down when finished. Reload the fridge and leave an open box of baking soda in your clean fridge.

You will ensure that your fridge stays fresh-smelling.

Top Tips

  • Clean up spills as they happen.
  • Seal leftovers tightly and throw them out after a few days.
  • Make sure the temperature is accurate to keep foods from spoiling.

Removing spilt milk from carpets

  1. Use paper towels to soak up as much of the milk as possible.
  2. Continue blotting until the area is only a little damp.
  3. Apply a bio-enzymatic cleaner (such as Zybax Ultra) to the affected area.
  4. Don’t be tempted by products that “kill bacteria causing the smell”. It is the milk that causes the malodours, you need to get rid of the milk to get rid of the smell.

Top Tips

  • Cover the affected area in order to reach all the sour milk.
  • Don’t skimp on using the product. You will be wasting your time and money! Remember, if using Zybax not to make the product more concentrated than is recommended. This will actually render the solution inactive.
  • If the odours are old, you may even need to apply a second and third treatment. You should not have to scrub with high quality enzyme cleaners.
  • When choosing an enzyme-based odour and stain remover, make sure that it also contains “friendly bacteria.” The bacteria will help enhance the odour and stain removal.

Removing spilt beer from carpets

  1. Use paper towels to soak up as much of the beer as possible.
  2. Continue blotting until the area is only a little damp.
  3. Rinse the area with clean, cold water.
  4. Blot until the area almost dry.
  5. Apply a bio-enzymatic cleaner (such as Zybax Ultra) to the affected area.

These solutions are tried and tested but like all things some situations are beyond normal, if trouble persists or they don’t work call the Odour Doctor for specialised solutions guaranteed to work.

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