Have you noticed your guests’ faces change upon entering your home as if they’ve smelled something unpleasant – even when everything seems to smell fine for you? Your nose might be blind to the most common home odors.
Every home has a signature smell. A home’s odor can go from pleasant ones like a fancy perfume, aromatic candles, and air fresheners; to unpleasant odors such as the smell of pets, mold, and mildew. But while you may have gotten used to the different odors inside your home, your guests might be thinking otherwise.
Being able to smell a certain odor for a long time often leads to "nose blindness.” This happens when the nose and the brain get used to the smells in an area. As the brain perceives that a smell is non-threatening, the smell’s intensity starts to fade. This explains why you think your home smells nice even when it’s not.
To make sure your home smells clean and fresh for real, here are the most common home nose-blinded odors you need to be wary of:
One red flag that your home may smell like pets is having pets around. It’s that simple. Even if your nose is blinded to the pet smells inside your home, it doesn’t mean that your home smells clean for other people as well.
To make sure your home smells clean and fresh even when you have pets around, bathe and groom your fur babies regularly. More than that, if you let your pets into your home and your upholstery, regularly vacuum.
Each time you vacuum, sprinkle the surfaces with baking soda first – it will help neutralize the odors too.
If you do your workouts and fitness exercises at home, even when you don’t notice it, your home will smell stinky and sweaty. However, this unpleasant odor isn’t only limited to those who constantly exercise at home.
Your bedroom can also smell sweaty because of the dead skin, sweat, and body oils that get accumulated in your mattress.
To prevent a sweaty (instead of a sweet-smelling) home, let the fresh air in your home and the sweaty smell out. You can also use home deodorizers. For your mattress, sprinkle it with baking soda and vacuum it regularly.
Fridges and freezers exist to keep food fresh longer. However, accumulated food spills and bits inside the fridge and freezers can contribute to unpleasant odors. You may not easily notice them, but they will affect your food.
To steer your fridge and freezer clear of these unpleasant odors, empty and clean them regularly. Use a mix of water and baking soda, or vinegar as cleaning solutions and let air for 15 minutes.
Toss expired food items too.
To prevent your fridge and freezer from smelling bad, practice regular cleaning and organization.
Your nose may not easily notice the musty smell present in your home, but your eyes can see them. Tell-tale signs that mustiness is present in your home include white and gray splotches (mildew), and fuzzy spots (molds).
Mustiness-causing mold and mildew grow most especially in places with no proper circulation and sunlight exposure. To rid your home of these and their odors, deodorize the affected room with a 1:4 bleach and water solution.
To free your home from mold and mildew for good, run a dehumidifier or improve air circulation.
Address the root causes of your home’s most common odors before they leave a bad impression to your guests. Taking a time away from home can also be a good idea. This way, you will be more sensitive to the real smell of your home when you return.
To maintain a home that smells nice from the inside out, be wary of nose blindness. Take some time to be extra “scent-sitive” from now on!