Chirping birds woke me up at some crazy early time the other morning but I didn’t mind at all. The bedroom windows were open for the first time since last fall and I was in heaven!
After a crazy long, bitter cold winter, I am so ready to open up the house and clear out all that stale, old, stinky air. The house starts to smell a bit musty after being closed up for so long – like the proverbial “grandma’s house” or the shuttered up cabin. Ewwww, right? And knowing that the air inside your home is typically 3-5 times more polluted than the air outside, is all the more reason to want to clear it out come Spring.
Here are some things I’ve been doing to get rid of those stale odors and let the fresh, spring air flow through my house:
One of the easiest ways to air out your house is to open up the windows. Now’s the time to wash and re-install your screens (if you took them out for winter), so you’ll be prepared for bug season.
To really get the air flowing, open up doors and windows on opposite sides of the house and on different floors. You want to get that air moving up, down and all around!
Blow air out
For particularly stinky rooms, set up a fan in the window to blow stale air directly outside. Ceiling fans also help to circulate air out through open windows.
Plain old vinegar and baking soda are excellent for neutralizing odors in the home. A simple mix of the two, makes a great drain freshener and garbage pail cleaner. For fresher carpets, sprinkle with baking soda to trap odors – then vacuum it up. If you prefer using store-bought cleaning products, make sure they are non-toxic and scented with fresh, naturally derived fragrances instead of artificial ones.
Change furnace filter
Did you know that home air filters can help reduce odors in your home? The Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter combines activated carbon and electrostatically charged fibers to attract the microscopic particles that contain odors and trap them inside the filter. Cool, huh? This helps with common household odors from cooking, tobacco smoke, pets, mildew, and cleaning. One filter lasts up to 3 months and is 65 times more effective for odors than other carbon filters. I’d say it’s worth adding to your arsenal of tools for freshening your home.
What are your top tips for airing out your home?
(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Filtrete Home Filtration Products. All opinions are my own.)