Keepin’ It Fresh

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Don’t you love it when you walk inside somewhere and you experience a pleasant aroma? It’s no surprise if you do- marketing analysts spend quite a lot of money on research involving customer responses to scent in stores and how it affects buying. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy the smell of freshly baked bread or aromatic flowers?

However, if you notice any kind of smell when you walk in your apartment door and you’re not a fan of what you’re experiencing, there are some easy ways to help eliminate that problem.

  1. If the weather is nice, open the windows. Get some fresh air in! You may want to leave the screen closed to keep all the nasty bugs out, though.
  2. Clean pet supplies on a regular basis. Wash your critters’ bedding frequently and clean up pet hair by vacuuming often. Clean kitty litter boxes daily and empty and wash relatively often to help keep the odor down.
  3. Take out the trash often. Don’t let things sit around too long! If you have discarded bits from cooking like meat or vegetables, put in a plastic bag in the freezer until trash day to reduce the smell in the trash can.
  4. Don’t smoke inside…seems like a no-brainer if you want a nice smelling apartment, but smoke smells really do stick to everything. Plus, if you have pets it’s better not to subject them to second-hand smoke as well.
  5. Baking soda absorbs odors so you can leave a box open to soak up as much as possible or just put some in your trash can or near the cat box.
  6. You can use essential oil diffusers to help perfume the air – this is a slightly healthier and safer alternative to scented candles.
  7. Invest in a nice air purifier. This is a little more expensive, but you may find that it dramatically reduces odors in your apartment and helps you breathe a little more easily.
  8. Plants! Plants are natural air purifiers. They also liven up a space visually, too!