8 Bad Habits That Are Making Your House Smelly

Not Taking Out the Garbage Frequently

Regularly take out the garbage to avoid unpleasant odors, especially from rotting food, and consider cleaning the trash can periodically.

Not Wiping Down the Fridge Interior 

Clean the inside of your fridge thoroughly at least four times a year by removing shelves, washing with soapy water, and wiping walls with a vinegar, baking soda, and water mixture.

Letting Towels Mildew

Prevent musty odors in towels by washing them with quality detergent, vinegar, or baking soda on the hot cycle, and ensure they dry properly by spreading them out after each use.

Not Vacuuming and Dusting Enough

Combat mild, stale odors by regularly vacuuming and dusting your home to eliminate a mixture of bacteria, dead skin cells, pollen, and dirt.

Not Cleaning Your Carpet and Rugs

Address lingering odors in carpets and rugs, especially if you have pets, by using carpet-safe deodorizers, washing filters, and following care instructions for washable rugs or hiring professionals for wall-to-wall carpet cleaning.

Piling Stinky Shoes Out in the Open

Contain shoe odors by storing them in closed benches or baskets to prevent the spread of bad smells, and consider washing the shoes to tackle the root of the problem.

Not Caring for Your Plants

Avoid unpleasant smells caused by root rot in plants by addressing overwatering issues and ensuring proper drainage.

Letting Dead Flowers Sit Around

Prevent foul odors from dead flowers by using flower food, changing the water daily, and disposing of or composting wilted bouquets promptly.