Get the stale closed up odor out of the house using all natural methods after a long closed-up season of heat or air.
If you have spent a long season with your doors and windows closed for heat or air, you can get that stuffy, smelly odor out of your house without a complete overhaul.
If you are like me and live with dogs (four in my case) and smokers, the closed up seasons of the year cannot come to an end fast enough.
Just a little bit of old-fashioned elbow grease and my special formula will get the job done in record time.
Where Do I Start?
The first step to get the odor out of your house is, to take down your curtains – - all the curtains in the house. Put them in the wash, take draperies to the dry-cleaners and drop your aluminum or vinyl blinds in the bathtub with enough water to cover them, add three drops each of Tea Tree Oil and Lemon or other citrus oil. Be sure to use real essential oils and not just fragrance oil. The blinds do not have to stay in the tub soaking. Usually, a simple dip and swish will get the job done.
I Don’t Do Windows
If you want a fresh smelling house, you do. Fill a two-gallon bucket with clean water and one-third cup of white distilled vinegar. Armed with the bucket, a rag and a roll of paper towels wash your windows, inside and out. Start indoors, washing with the vinegar water and the rag. With an up and down motion, dry the windows with the paper towels. Repeat this process on the outside of the windows, using a side-to-side motion to dry the windows. If you get streaks, you can easily tell if they are on the inside or outside of your windows.
Now it is time to do some basic cleaning: dust the ceiling fans, furniture, knick-knacks and wall hangings. Vacuum the carpets and upholstery and then mop the floors. For tile and linoleum floors, mix two-gallons of water with three drops of Tea Tree Oil and three drops of citrus oil of your choice. For a hardwood floor, replace the citrus oil with a teaspoon of olive oil. Your house is already starting to get a clean, fresh smell.
If your bathroom is stuffy, any time of the year, give it a once over, including light globes. For shiny mirrors, use the same formula that you used on the windows. To clean other surfaces in your bathroom: the counters, cabinets, tub and shower fill a 33 ounce spray-bottle wit water, adding three drops each of Tea Tree Oil and citrus oil, shake the bottle and spray the surfaces liberally, wipe away the germs with a clean damp cloth.
Completely empty your cat’s litter box. Thoroughly clean the box using one-part baking soda to 100-parts water. Dry the box completely and allow it to air dry for a few minutes before you refill it. Remove all pet bedding to the laundry and throw it in the washer as soon as your curtains are removed to the dryer. Spray your dog or cat bed with the spray formula.
The Hard Part
Shampoo you carpets. If you have light colored carpets you can use a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide, for darker colors use vinegar and water. This can be a really tough job to do by yourself. See if you can recruit a little bit of muscle to help when moving the furniture. The spray bottle of water and oil is a wonderful spot treatment and works well on most stains, even pet stains. Liberally spray the spot and allow it to soak in for a few minutes, use a scrub brush to release the stain before running the shampooer over the stained area.
Putting It All Back
That’s it for the muscle! As soon as your furniture is back in its proper place, hang your curtains, drapes and blinds, give your pets their bedding and take a long hot bath. Add the leftover solution from your spray bottle to your bath along with three drops of Lavender Oil. Your body will hardly realize it just did a lot of hard work. But, your nose will know. You can say goodbye to that stuffy, smelly odor and say hello to a fresh clean home.
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