Lose the stench
Whether you moved somewhere new and are dealing with someone else’s leftover odours or you live with a smell factory (like a litter box or a smoker), there are ways to deal with a malodorous situation aside from a clothes peg on your nose.
Smoke is a killer
Tobacco smoke is a particularly stubborn smell. If you are the smoker and you continue to smoke in the house, you will not be able to remove the scent completely, but an electric air purifier can help. If a smoky essence has been left by a previous tenant, you can freshen things up with a thorough cleaning. It’s not easy, though, and you might have to bring in a professional to steam the carpets, curtains, drapes, and upholstered furniture. Walls also absorb smoke, unfortunately. You can implement the technique experts use in buildings that have absorbed smoke from fires: seal the walls and ceilings with shellac or a shellac-based primer – this helps lock in the odour – and then repaint. If your landlord is top notch, you may be able to get him or her to pay for it.
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What can’t coffee do?
Have you ever been to a perfume store? You may have noticed that they keep jars of coffee on hand to keep the air from being overwhelmed with competing smells by absorbing them. This is a much better way to deal with smells than trying to mask them with other smells. Coffee can absorb your household odours, too. Keep an open can of coffee near the cat’s litter box or in the corner of the laundry room, and your nose will thank you.