If at the entrance to the apartment it seems that there was recently fried fish and it was slightly burned, it is an opportunity to check the electrical wiring. When heated, wires and other plastic parts give off a fried fish odor.
Check all sockets, switches, and light bulbs. Melted or slightly blackened areas are a reason to replace electrical equipment. If the outlet is changed and the smell of fried fish persists, consult an electrician. Remember: problems with wiring could result in fire.
An even more dangerous “symptom” is the smell of rotten eggs. It can indicate a gas leak. If you feel the hydrogen sulfide amber after entering the room, leave it immediately. Don’t turn on the light and don’t match. Contact the gas service as soon as possible.
The smell of sewage
First, the smell of a secluded place appears, where there are pipes and clams – in the bathroom and kitchen. Then it spreads through the ventilation system throughout the house and becomes unbearable there.
The main causes of this odor are errors in the installation of the sewer system, leaks and blockages, as well as the incorrect functioning of the septum.
Solving these problems on your own is unlikely to work, but you can prevent them. Install the logs on the drains of the bowls – they will hold the hair and other debris. Once a month, clean the pipes with special chemicals.
This is an extremely nasty problem that usually occurs in private households. Rodents and other small animals often fall into traps and die in attics, basements, and caves. After a while, a stench begins to spread around the house.
The hardest part is finding the source of the problem.
When the place is easily accessible, remove the carcass and treat the surface with a special aerosol. For example, the Bac-A-Zap Odor Eliminator spray destroys the signs of decomposition, harmful bacteria and an unpleasant odor. In difficult cases, it is better to trust the service of deratisation.
The smell of dampness and rot
If the house has musty air it smells of age and dampness, as if it were in a non-living room, maybe the cause is mold. It is insidious – it hides behind furniture, under the walls, under the skirting boards.
Mold is a living organism and the necessary conditions are necessary for its reproduction. Most often it appears in rooms with high humidity, where the air is warm and poorly circulated. An unpleasant odor is released during the growth and multiplication of the fungus.
Household shapes less than one square meter are generally safe. But there are also poisonous species that can cause allergic reactions and provoke the development of serious diseases. If you experience an unpleasant odor and feel uncomfortable, contact a professional disinfection service. They will determine the type of fungus and help eliminate it.
In other cases, you can get rid of mold yourself. Here are some ways to deal with the affected area.
- Dilute the chlorine-containing bleach in a ratio of 1 to 10 with water. Apply the solution to the areas where mold has formed. Don’t forget to wear gloves.
- Put a tablespoon of vinegar in a liter of water. Spray the solution on the mold with a spray gun. Wait for a little, and then rinse off with soapy water.
- Soda also gets along well with the fungus. Dilute a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Moisten this sponge and treat the affected surface. It is not necessary to wash off the remains – soda will protect against the repeated appearance of a form.
But it is better not to remove the shape, but to prevent its appearance. Check for ventilation in the house. Monitor hygiene in places where mold is possible. Dirt and grease on the walls – a breeding ground for them. Ventilate dark rooms with high humidity as often as possible.
The smell of cigarettes and other household odors
Cigarettes, pets, food – all of this gives off smells (not always pleasant), walls, carpets and furniture soaked year after year.
Light cosmetic repairs every couple of years please not only the eye but also the nose. But if you rent an apartment, painting the walls and pasting wallpaper again without the consent of the owner won’t work.
One of the harshest smells is nicotine. When the house is smoked, the smell of cigarettes permeates everything: upholstered furniture, curtains, carpets, wallpaper. How to get rid of it, we have already written in detail here.
The smell of pet urine or burns can be eradicated if carpets and walls (painted or with washable wallpaper) are treated with a solution of white vinegar and water during wet cleaning. Not only does it remove the odor, but it also removes stains. You can also dilute half a glass of ammonia in five liters of water and apply the solution to the walls and floor, leave for a few minutes, and then wash off. Carpets work better with soda. Spread it over the nap, leave it overnight, and vacuum clean the carpet in the morning.
How to bring back a pleasant aroma to the house
Pleasant smells start with cleanliness. An even more pleasant atmosphere can be created with automatic air fresheners, aroma lamps and candles as well as various diffusers.
Wooden sticks absorb the essential oil aroma and spread it around the room. Also, natural flavors for the house can be made with your own hands. Here are five ideas on how to keep the smell in the bank.
A few more life hacks:
- Moisten a cotton swab with essential oil (lavender, lemongrass – any of your choices). When you start vacuuming, suck the disc in. During the cleaning process, the room is filled with a pleasant aroma.
- If the microwave is soaked in the smell of a dish such as popcorn or cheese, you can freshen it up with a bowl of water and a few drops of lemon or orange flavor oil at maximum capacity.
- To smell nice in the closet, pour a soda into a small rag bag and drip a few drops of lavender oil. Now tie it and place it between your clothes. Such a bag can also be hung on curtains.
Do you know of other effective ways to ward off unpleasant odors in the house? Could you share them in the comments?