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How to Get Rid of Tough Home Odors

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This post was provided by Realty Austin, specializing in Lake Austin homes and downtown Austin Condos.

Are you preparing your home for sale or maybe found the perfect fixer-upper but are dealing with a tough lingering odor? It’s not the smell of a week-old casserole or even “old house”, but something more pungent like mold or smoke in the air. Smells like this can be tough to get rid of, but the Austin homes experts at Realty Austin have some tricks to help you get that stench out. Next time you find yourself facing a tough home odor, try these tricks:

Step One: Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

Make a 1-to-1 mixture of distilled water and lemon juice, and put it in a spray bottle. Then, carefully go over every hard surface in your home, sprinkling baking soda down, spraying the lemon juice on it, and then rubbing it firmly with a chamois or a clean rag. It’s a lot of elbow grease, but the combination will take out most any moldly scent quite effectively.

Step Two: Vinegar

Mix one part vinegar to five parts water, and put it in a spray bottle. Generously spray everything that won’t be damaged by the spray, and let it sit for an hour before you wipe it up. Vinegar is an extraordinary disinfectant, and it will take almost every biological smell out of the air. You’ll have to put up with the smell of vinegar for a day or two, but it’ll be worth it.

Step Three: Vinegar and Baking Soda

This step is all about the carpet. You’ll want a big bag — the 12-lb. kind at least — of baking soda. Select a 10′ square of carpet, and sprinkle baking soda generously over it. Spray that with ample amounts of the aforementioned 1-to-5-vinegar/water solution. Yes, it will foam up. Let it, and then let it die back down, and then wait overnight for the carpet to dry up. Vacuum it up in the morning, and it should be odor-free. This process will also work for mattresses, fabric-covered sofa cushions, and most other similar items.

At this point, if your home still smells, your last hope is hiring a disaster recovery team to come in and deodorize. It might cost you a few bucks, but you’ll know how worthwhile it was the first time you inhale.


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