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Easy tips for eliminating indoor odors

Eliminate home odors

During the warmer months, it's easy to clear a foul smell from your home – you simply open the windows and let the fresh air pour in. Unless you want a cold home and a high energy bill, try following this advice from National Association of REALTORS®' HouseLogic website to keep your home smelling clean during these winter months.

Use a little bit of vinegar to remove lingering smells from cooking. You can boil a few tablespoons in water to eliminate your culinary stenches, and in no time your kitchen will smell fresh again.

A drafty chimney from a wood-burning fireplace can have your living room smelling like soot. This can be caused by an imbalance of air pressure in your home. Stop the draft by making sure the fireplace's damper has a tight seal.

Excessive moisture can lead to a musty smell, which is most likely to happen in basements or bathrooms. This can be caused by humidity in the air from moisture-producing appliances, long showers and inadequate insulation. Use a dehumidifier to keep the house from accumulating damaging moisture.

A bathroom's odors can become overwhelming during the winter, especially if your bathroom is equipped with poor ventilation. If the toilet appears to be the culprit, a cup of vinegar can clear it up - just wait five minutes, scrub and flush.

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