5 things that might make your home smell bad

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If your home smells odd, this might be the cause

Do you get a whiff of an unidentifiable, odd scent when you walk into your home? And have you desperately been trying to figure out where it comes from? Well, we have listed five things that might be the cause of that funny smell in your home. Find out more below.


Yes, your beloved furry friend might be the cause for that funky smell in your living room. Because pets can be very smelly! Abe Navas, general manager of Emily’s Maids house cleaning service in Dallas, Texas told Real Simple: “When their hair falls out, bacteria grow—and it could get nasty really quick.” Luckily, there are ways to deal with this smell. Just make sure you give your furry family member plenty of baths and clean their favorite spots regularly with some pet-friendly soap and water. If you vacuum your home (and the hard to reach places) regularly too, you will get rid of all the pet hair that might also be causing the smell in your home.

Dishwasher and washing machine

Both of these appliances use water in order to do their jobs and that means that they can be a place for mold to grow in. And when mold and bacteria nestle in your dishwasher or washing machine, it will get smelly. Ron Shimek, the Minneapolis-based president of Mr. Appliance, a Neighborly company told Real Simple: “Every time you open and close the washer’s door, moisture from each cycle is trapped in the seal.” The same goes for your dishwasher. So leave the door of your washing machine open after you use it. And run your dishwasher on a dry-heat cycle when there’s nothing in there.

Another source for sour smells is wet clothing. When you leave damp or wet clothing in your laundry basket, it will eventually start to smell. And don’t put your laundry basket in the bathroom. Because of the steam, the dry clothes will get damp and eventually they’ll start to smell too.

Trash can and garbage disposal

This might seem like an obvious one but your trash can will start to smell if you don’t clean it regularly. So, clean your trash can with some bleach, rinse it out after letting it sit for a little while and then clean it out with soap. The same goes for your garbage disposal; if you don’t clean it, it will start to smell. You can easily do this yourself by putting some lemon, lime and orange peel in the disposal and turning it on. It won’t just clean your disposal but it will also make sure your disposal smells lemony fresh.

With these tips, you’ll get rid of that unwanted smell in no time!

Read more: With These 6 Tips Your Home Always Smells Good

Source: Real Simple | Image: Unsplash, Matthew Henry