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Keeping Your Carpets Smelling Fresh

If you have pets in your household running a muck around your furniture and carpet, then your carpet will eventually absorb their foul smells. It’s not just your pets though, it’s also your shoes, what you spill and anything else that constantly hits your carpet. Here are some friendly tips on how to make your carpet smell fresh and clean.

  • Vacuum and clean your carpets on a weekly basis. The less bacteria there is, the less your carpets will smell.

  • This one is easy: remember to place a mat (that works) on your front porch and a sign that says “wipe shoes first.” This will reduce the amount of crud being brought into the house.

  • Buy some carpet deodorizer or you can use something that already may be in your kitchen: baking soda. It’s simple, non-toxic and cheap!

Deodorizing with Baking Soda:

Pour the package of baking soda abundantly on the musty or smelly areas of your carpet. You should then even the coat on the carpet. Let the baking soda sit on the carpet overnight or longer; the longer it soaks in the better it works.

When the baking soda is all soaked in, it’s time to vacuum. Vacuum the excess baking soda until it’s all picked up. If you still smell the odor, then you can repeat the process.

This is the best way to clean your carpets and have them smell fresh. Baking soda is cheap, very efficient, and can be used for many different things around the home, so always keep some handy.

Tips on Cleaning Up After Pets

Dogs pee indoors. It’s a part of life that can become quite a nuisance if not dealt with. If your dogs urine isn’t entirely picked up off your carpet, you can expect your dog to do it again, marking their territory. Dogs use their urine to show other dogs dominance, so it’s in their nature to pee everywhere. Of course, if your dog is spayed or neutered, they won’t pee indoors at much, but it still happens every once and awhile. Below are some tips on how to prevent your doing from peeing inside your home.

  • Neuter or spay your dog, as this will reduce the amount that the dogs pee indoors.

  • Potty train your puppy as early as possible.

  • Distinguish right from wrong. If your dog pees outside, give them a treat. If they do their business in doors, correct them immediately.

  • Confine your dog to certain areas of your home, kind of like a baby.

Properly Cleaning Urine:

Clean up the mess as soon as possible! Extraction is key.

Clean-up mix:

  • Distilled white

  • Water

  • Spray bottle

  • White cloths/towels

  • Cold water

Pour about 4 capfuls of distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle filled almost 3/4 with water and gently shake. Extract the urine with the white cloths as much as you possibly can, using a solid blotting motion. Move the cloth to a clean piece of towel when a good amount of urine is soaked up. Get as much urine out as possible with the white cloth before you start spraying. Put the spray bottle against the carpet and generously spray the stain, and allow the solution to get into the carpet pad. Let the solution sit for a minute. Now pour the cold water onto the stain spot and blot it out just like the urine.

Tips to Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes: annoying little creatures that can potentially transfer deadly diseases and give you a horrible itch. These West Nile Virus carrying pests are everywhere during the Summer time, but there are ways to get rid of them. First, you have to know what attracts mosquitoes, so you can know how to get rid of them.

These bad boys can smell their targets from up to 50 meters, and it’s said that people with high cholesterol or concentration of steroids tend to attract more mosquitoes. So yeah, don’t do steroids and watch your cholesterol! But that isn’t completely definite. Mosquitoes will also approach people that produce more of certain types of acids, like lactic acid. They also approach people with plenty of perfume. In addition, they like carbon dioxide, so areas with more carbon dioxide will attract more of them. Finally, areas of greater heat will also attract more mosquitoes.

Get Rid of Mosquitoes:

  • Buy a good repellant that has an ingredient called DEET (about 23%) and it will protect you for up to 5 hours.

  • Buy citronella candles or torches, because the smell they give off deters mosquitoes.

  • Don’t wear dark or heavy clothes during the summer.

  • Get rid of standing/stagnate water in your yard.

  • Get some chemical spray for your backyard

  • Eating garlic and lemons tend to deter mosquitoes.

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