Selling or Staying...April 29 is the Day to Clean the Air
When I read that Saturday, April 29 is Sense of Smell Day, my head and nose immediately turned to one of the biggest things that could derail the sale of a home.
Ask any agent and this one issue- odors in your home- is a quick turn-off for buyers.
Even if you aren’t planning on selling, you owe it to yourself and your guests to have a home that smells fresh and clean.
You can search the internet and there are dozens of ways to help combat odor. Here are just a few, and for the most part, you probably already have the ingredients.
Tips for Cleaning Your Air…
1.Open your windows!
If you’re in Florida you may wonder how this will work when it’s hot and humid outside but you can let your room breathe by opening your windows when it’s cooler out, like early in the morning or later in the day. It can be for as little as one hour depending on the size of your room.
2.Air out your disposal
You can run ice cubes down the disposal to clean the blades. I also sprinkle baking soda down the drain followed by vinegar. It will look like a kid’s science experiment but it works.
3.Take the odor out of your odor catchers.
Your carpet, window coverings, and upholstered furnishings trap in odor.
You can sprinkle baking soda on your carpet. Leave in for a few minutes, or more, then vacuum. I sprinkle it on my sofa before I vacuum it.
This is one our mothers taught us...place a bowl of fresh coffee grounds, or several depending upon the size of the room, in a room and shut the door. The grounds will absorb the odor.
This is a favorite of Heloise and I am never without it in my home. It cleans odor and kills germs as well. Wipe down your refrigerator, clean the sink, use it on windows!!!
6.Clean where you haven’t seen
Take your vinegar or whatever cleanser you use and seek out areas you haven’t seen since you moved in.
This includes under and behind appliances, cabinet doors, baseboards, above the doors, window sills, closet floors, and that’s just a start.
For more excellent ideas including one that uses vodka*, check out these tips by Linda Cobb!
Celebrate Sense of Smell Day and your house will celebrate as well!!