Keep your home fresh over the winter.

In the winter, it’s usually too cold to open the window and let in fresh air, which can make indoor spaces unpleasant. Odors accumulate in the home, cause by strong foods, pets, garbage, cleaning products, dirty laundry and more. You and your family end up breathing that same stale air, over and over.

What can you do to clean up the air and make it more pleasant to breathe? Here are several tips:

 Use an AirRestore Air Naturalizer to help remove odors and allergens from the air. Unlike most air purifiers, which tend to rely on filters, An AirRestore Air Naturalizer creates a charged flow that gets rid of odors using the same air-cleansing power Mother Nature uses outdoors. It will leave the air fresh, even on cold days when you can’t open the windows. New to AirRestore? Talk to your local Dealer to find out more.

• Check for humidity: If there is a musty smell in your home, something may be damp and not drying properly. You may need to clean out the fan in your bathroom if it doesn’t seem to be getting rid of moisture after showers quick enough. If it’s your laundry room or another area, try using a stand-up fan or ceiling fan to help circulate the air and promote drying.

• Look for leaks: You might need to check for leaky air ducts. This video shows how to proceed. If ignored, a leaky air duct can lead to lots of other problems in your home.

• Fight mold: If you find out you have mold growing in your home, that’s a serious problem you’ll want to tackle immediately. If you don’t, it could spread and cause serious health problems. Here is a great slideshow that shows how to fight mold in the home. See more about fighting mold here.

• Bring some green indoors: Plants can do lots of good things for your home. They can filter out unwanted particles and boost the level of oxygen. Try growing herbs in your windowsill or purchase a leafy houseplant.

 Limit the chemicals you add to the air: Curtains, bedding and clothing (especially those that have been dry cleaned) can bring chemicals with them into your home. Some can even emit formaldehyde. Wash bedding, curtains, and washable clothes before using them, and hang dry-cleaned items outside to air out, if possible. Also, stay away from scented air fresheners. They emit chemicals that can irritate the lungs.

How to get rid of a mystery odor:

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How to get rid of a mystery odor

 

What’s the smell? Where is it coming from? All you know is it is disgusting, and you can’t get rid of it soon enough. Sometimes we have to turn into detectives to figure out what may be causing an unpleasant odor in the house or car.

 

Common sources include:

  • Spoiled food in the refrigerator
  • Rotting food in bottom of garbage can
  • Spilled milk
  • Garbage disposal
  • Spill under the fridge, oven or dishwasher
  • A dead rodent
  • Water causing mold or mildew
  • Dirty diaper pail
  • Cat litter box or puppy pee pad
  • Bird cage
  • Fish tank or aquarium

First, plug in your AirRestore system of Air Naturalizers, dispersing them throughout your home. They will get to work right away, cleaning up the odors in the air and leaving it smelling fresh.

Do a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning of your home. Clean out the fridge, throw away anything that looks past its prime, and take out the trash right away afterward. Scrub the garbage container out with water with a little bleach in it, and let it dry thoroughly. Wash off the outside of the container, too. Clean the floors, especially in the kitchen, where spilled milk can cause big odor problems. Pull out big appliances and clean the floor beneath them.

Still smell it? Empty/clean anything your pets may have done their business in: Clean out the litter box or pee pad; inspect the carpets and furniture for any “accidents” and look for anything suspicious in piles of blankets and laundry. Empty the diaper pail and clean it well.

Put vinegar and baking soda down the disposal. Let it set for 10 minutes, then run water through to flush it out. You also can pour lemon juice down the disposal or grind small pieces of citrus peels in it to freshen it up.

Have your roof inspected for water damage. Look at the flashing to make sure none is leaking.

Check the traps under sinks, showers or tubs that rarely are used. Run some water through these fixtures to keep dangerous sewer gases away. Check the attic for signs of rodents.

Inspect your furnace filter to see if it needs to be changed.

If you have a chimney, have it checked for bird carcasses. They sometimes get trapped in chimneys, causing odors and other problems.