Worst Home Odors & Smells

If you have any home odors, trying to cover up the smell with air fresheners or other products won’t solve the problem.

You need to find the source of the odor, which can be difficult at times. Some homeowners spend hours and a ton of money on upholstery cleaning in Omaha before they finally find the source of the odor.

Some smells can be identified quickly, but other times you may need a professional to get rid of them completely. Here are some of the most common sources of household odors.

Worst Home Odors & Smells

Lingering food odors

Your cooking might smell delightful the day of your feast, but lingering food odors are less welcome. Without the benefit of open windows, the next best thing for de-funking your kitchen is boiling a few tablespoons of vinegar in water.That should work on even the worst leftover culinary stenches.


Having a pet indoors is a lot of fun. However, if you don’t bathe them regularly, you could start noticing a foul smell throughout the house. Pets who are allowed to lay on the furniture can stink the place up, but they could create an even worse smell in your home if they do their business on the carpet or rug. If that happens, you may need a professional in pet odor removal in Omaha to take care of it. Regular household cleaning products aren’t always sufficient for some tough pet odors.

Mildew Towels

Nasty smelling towels can stink up the whole bathroom, or worse, your body. To remove the smell, throw the towels in their own wash cycle. (Otherwise, they’ll just stink up other clothes.) Instead of detergent or fabric softener, add one cup of white vinegar to the load and then run the washer on the hottest possible setting. The vinegar will kill any lingering bacteria. Then, immediately run a “normal” load with a standard amount of detergent (keep it towels only).

Water Pipes

Sink pipes or other pipes can get obstructed by grease, dirt and grime. When this happens, you’ll likely notice a faint smell coming from the drain. There’s not much you can do except get a drain cleaning liquid to pour down it and hope it clears out the obstruction. Some pipes also have nuts or sleeves you can remove to clear out any tough debris, like hair.

Inside the Washing Machine

The door on front-load washing machines seals so tight that air never circulates inside, allowing mold and mildew to grow and turn your washing machine into a stink bomb. Remove the smell by running a hot or warm water cycle with two cups of bleach (no clothes or towels!). To prevent the problem from happening again, leave your door open between washings.

Unused Rooms

You may not think you need to clean an unused room, but it may actually be a source of your home odors. Rooms can become musty smelling when there isn’t any air flow in them. Any carpet cleaning company will tell you to clean the carpets frequently throughout your house, even in unused rooms.

We at Action Flooring Carpet Cleaning in Omaha, not only help homeowners clean their carpets and the rest of their home, but we can also help locate the source of common household odors.

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