Selling or Staying...April 29 is the Day to Clean the Air

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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 Sense of smell dayderail 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.

Vinegar

Baking Soda

Vodka (*)

 

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.

open window3.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.

 

4.Coffee grounds

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.

5.Use vinegar

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!!

 

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Brian England
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Well, I don't drink coffee, but that is a great reason to keep coffee grounds around the house!

Apr 28, 2017 06:20 AM #10
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Kathy -- you lost me after I saw the vodka...

Apr 28, 2017 06:48 AM #11
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Scott Godzyk
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A bad odor in a home can cause buyers to run, not just walk out of there. Great topic Kathy Streib 

Apr 28, 2017 07:47 AM #12
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Barbara Todaro do it when the grandkids are around . It's fun!

Apr 28, 2017 08:00 AM #13
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Kathy,

I did not know about coffee grounds or vodka for that matter...nor did I know about ice cubes for the disposal.  I often make fresh lemonade, and the squeezed lemons leave a nice scent in the air from the disposal.  Thank you for these tips.  A

Apr 28, 2017 08:29 AM #14
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Where is the vodka cleaning tip? Or is that your treat after working so hard?

Apr 28, 2017 09:12 AM #15
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Hi Kathy Streib - You know I had to go and check out how you use the vodka!  Very cool!  All of these are great ideas to help eliminate odors! Thank You!

Apr 28, 2017 10:28 AM #16
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Linda Cobb is the Queen of  Clean and used to be on TV all the time. I think I have her book too! She always had such great cleaning tips - and simple too!

Apr 28, 2017 11:09 AM #17
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Hi Kathy - I was reading a long article about the brain the other evening and learned that as a survival mechanism, we're hard-wired to react strongly to our sense of smell. That's probably why bad odors are such a powerful deal killer. Have a great weekend!

Apr 28, 2017 12:23 PM #18
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Kathy

Great tips . . . . I bookmarked your post to refer back to.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 28, 2017 06:43 PM #19
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citris is another home run for helping to sell houses in todays market!

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson I'd forgotten about charcoal...great remedy!

James Dray it's good with grapefruit juice and bloody marys too. 

Anita Clark good point.  Buyers will think mold or pet problems!

Apr 29, 2017 08:38 AM #21
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Kat Palmiotti that one has been around a while, along with charcoal.  Good old tips from our grandmothers. 

Joe Pryor I can remember doing that.  Our coffee maker now tells us when to clean it and when to change the filter.  We work for it! LOL

 

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Donald Urschalitz I walked into a home with several dogs once and my eyes burned!

Wayne Martin Wish we had more cool days here so we could all open our windows. 

 

Apr 29, 2017 08:45 AM #23
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Joanna Cohlan My house is never without a huge jug of vinegar!

Brian England we're in a similar dilemma- we use only coffee beans so I may have to go out and buy a bag of ground coffee!  

Michael Jacobs ok- save some for the house!!!

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Scott Godzyk it's especially noticeable in a home that has been locked up and vacant. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel Larry taught be about the ice cubes for the blades of the disposal!  It's a great tip.

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Both!!!  3parts water+1part vodka+10-20 drops of essential oils and put in a spray bottle.  Take the rest of the vodka and hey! martini time!

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® that's the first time I'd heard about the vodka but I'm going to try it. 

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS I just remember Heloise but I love the tips that Linda Cobb offered.

 

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Dick Greenberg sounds interesting.  I know that I have strong memories of certain smells and associate them with things.  One was driving behind a very smelly bus in Acapulco once.  That lingered in my nose for days. 

Thank you Lou Ludwig !!

 

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Mark Loewenberg Citrus is such a fresh scent!

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Smell can be a deal breaker for sure...especially for peole like me with a real sensitivity. Great tips Kathy!

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