10 Ways to Conquer Bad Smells in Your Home (Especially in Winter)

Time to clear the air! Use one or more of these tactics for a more comfortable, welcoming living space.

1. Stay on top of basic cleaning

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Dirty places smell bad. The solution is cleaning, so do it.

But you don’t have to do it all at once. Instead, focus on just one thing per day: Empty the trash or scoop the litter box, but not both. Vacuum one room, and allow yourself to stop (unless you get in the zone, in which case you should keep Hoovering).

Load the dishwasher immediately after eating. Sweep the entryway to keep mud and muck from being spread throughout the house. Start laundry before dinner and put it in the dryer afterwards.

Got a partner and/or kids? Divvy up the chores so that no one person is responsible for everything.


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