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.

Save Money With These Household Tips

There are a lot of ways to save money by doing simple little things that you overlook. Here are several of those “simple little things” that you can do!

Ways to save money here and there:

  • Turn off your air conditioning when you’re at work and your kids are at school. This one is a no-brainer, but sometimes we forget or just leave it going because it’s nice to come home to a cool atmosphere.

  • Clean your filters at least once every month. When your filters are dirty, the debris can block the airflow, leading to reduced efficiency.

  • Try investing in some ceiling fans. Ceiling fans circulate the air and keep rooms quite cool. You can even try putting a fan in your attic, as it will help pull cool air into your house.

  • Install window tint on your windows to cut down the temperature in rooms that have the most sunlight hitting them. Blinds and curtains work well too.

  • You can also install dimming switches so that you only use just enough light for you to do work.

  • Unplug your electronics, such as your microwave, laptops, phone charges and so on. These generate heat, and they also bleed your energy from the outlets.

Those things aren’t so hard to do now are they? The hard part is remembering, but you can just print this blog out and slap it on your refrigerator!

Make Your Kitchen Look Larger

Does your kitchen look small and insignificant? Well, if you’re a guy then you probably don’t really care; however, if your wife or lady-friend wants you to spruce it up then we’ve got some tips for you! Just like a movie or TV set, there are plenty of tricks that can make a room look bigger.

Here are just several tips that you can use to make your kitchen look larger:

  1. Replacing the cabinet doors with glass doors will help the eye focus into the cabinet, giving more depth to the wall.

  2. If you paint your kitchen walls white, you’ll definitely make your kitchen seem to look bigger than it really is. It will give a sense of “space” in the room by reflecting more light.

  3. Instead of always using artificial light, let it more natural light.

  4. Geometric angles and clean lines for surface areas of the kitchen will make the kitchen look bigger.

  5. There are particular floor patterns that will make the floor look longer and wider. For example, over-sized diamonds with diagonal lines will allow the eye to follow a longer path.

  6. This is the most simple one: cleaning up the clutter in the kitchen! It’s simple, but it can be severely overlooked.