You, of course, can throw the random shoes, clothes, and books in a closet or under a bed, but that just takes care of a quick visual when they walk in.
We all know sight, then scent, is what greets us when we enter any room. Then we touch, and maybe taste if eating. But if the odor is off we are probably leaving!
Scents are locked into your soft fabrics, so that is what you need to attack first.
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Keep a spray bottle handy of 1/2 white distilled vinegar, 1/2 water, and 25 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Eucalyptus and spearmint are usually safe.
The vinegar smell will eat at the odor particles and dissipate them, and the essential oils will turn the smell into a scent. Spray this mix on your soft furnishings, such as a couch made of soft material, your drapes or curtains, and spray into the air as well.
Keep a large box of baking soda handy. Sprinkle the baking soda all over the carpet and vacuum it up. The longer you are able to keep it on the carpet the better.
The baking soda will take the scent out of the carpets, just as it does in the fridge.
If the fridge has an odor of last night’s salmon, spray the vinegar water and wipe the shelves.
If your guests open up your fridge, we don’t want them to be turned away by the stench, so keep a fresh box of baking soda in there too.
Vacuuming up dog hair, allergens, and dust will help take the odors out. However, make sure your vacuum bag is empty and your HEPA filter is clean, so that you are not depositing stinky odors into the air from the vacuum’s exhaust.
Now put the lights on low, use as many candles as you can, and greet your guests with a refreshing drink, a glass of wine, margarita or a beer. Soon any odor will be a forgotten memory!Cheers to freshness in the air!