Common Odour Sources in Kitchens and How to Fix Them

Smells are honest. Sure, you can cover up bad smells with good ones and try to overpower the threat temporarily. But they’ll come back, they always do. In an ideal world, our homes would always smell like the Four Seasons Spa. An intoxicating aroma that can relax and energize you at the same time. Back in reality, however, that aroma is more likely to be a bountiful bouquet of foot funk and forgotten food. When the Spectre of meals past has come to haunt your kitchen yet again, reach for this brief guide against forlorn fungus and freshen your fortress!

Garbage Cans, Disposals & Recycling Bins

Starting the list is the usual suspects – the last stop of home refuse, the garbage and recycling. Sometimes what’s finished is not forgotten. Recycling can leak a bit here and there, soon enough there’s a small ecosystem in the bottom of the bin. Grease and food scraps can clog the drain or garbage disposal with absolutely vile consequences. 

Here are some go-to methods we use to neutralize the funk in garbage cans and recycling bins. It works every time. To clean the can properly, spray it, really douse it with diluted bleach and give it a few hours to do it. After that, wipe away larger particles. Rinse it with water and use soap to wash it out. 

A helpful way to stay ahead of funky build-up is to regularly spray with odour eliminating disinfecting sprays or homemade solutions with natural cleaners and essential oils. Prevention is the best measure to take here. A good garbage routine will make bin funk a problem of the past. 

If you’re the proud owner of a garbage disposal, save your citrus trimmings and rinds in the fridge. Collect enough of them and feed them in one shot. That way, there will be enough citric acid and essential oils from the citrus peels to saturate every corner. Doing so helps break up the organic grime that’s the cause of the odour. Do this a few times a month to keep everything smelling fresh.

Sponges and Rags

Our humble kitchen companions do a lot and get very little credit or attention. Sometimes we take for granted and assume the tool we use to clean other things must be clean by definition. Oh no, no, no, that’s not the case at all. [LINK] Your kitchen sponge may be 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. 

Sponges and dishcloths can be home to a whole society of different bacteria. They’re often warm, wet, and in contact with food regularly. In particular, coliform bacteria in the kitchen are a biomarker of fecal contamination resulting from contact with contaminated raw meat. They are not not necessarily dangerous, just a bit gross. The real issue is – any environment that can breed coliform bacteria can also be home to some other nasty visitors.

The best solution is to bathe that sponge or dishcloth in a diluted bleach solution once a week or if you like variety, stick the sponge in a dishwasher load. If in doubt, you can always throw it out and get a new one.

Rancid Cooking Grease

Sometimes life is just a mess; it happens. Oil splatter while cooking can travel surprisingly far in the kitchen. It can quickly hide, build up, and go rancid with enough time. Grease can splatter on walls or collect for years under your range hood. The oil on your hands can build up on kitchen cabinets and commonly touched surfaces. All this build-up can make your experience in the kitchen an oily one. Remove the residue of last night’s deep-fried Tater Tot binge while watching 90 Day Finance reruns without a hassle. Certain products are well-suited to cut through the grime when they have the right active ingredients.

To master the art of grease-fighting, you must use products that dissolve the oil’s molecular structure. The absolute best products for this are either soap or a mild acid, such as acetic acid (vinegar) or citric acid (citrus fruits). Most grease build-up can be removed easily with the reliable combo of any of those products diluted with water.

Hiding in Plain Sight – Kitchen Appliances 

The major appliances found in almost every modern kitchen help us live more comfortable and more efficient lives. They offer us an abundance of benefits over what was available in the past. Sometimes we forget that these everyday wonders of technology are host to several smelly issues like standing water, mould, mildew, and collecting odours.

The humble dishwasher, friend and ally to many of us, can collect food particles inside and moisture in the rubber seal every time you open and close the door. That moisture gets trapped and becomes home to some funky fragrances. The effects build up quickly after dozens or hundreds of washer cycles. The detergent drawer is also a culprit of this. The best way to prevent this common issue is to wipe down the door seal after every use and leave the door and drawer open for a few hours after a load. 

For a reliable cleaning – Use diluted vinegar and wipe down prominent tough spots. Then run an empty dry-heat cycle to disinfect the interior – leave in any silverware baskets or holders.

After a while, a fridge becomes a terrarium, a miniature environment of all your good (and bad) food decisions. The mostly plastic interior of the refrigerator can absorb and harbour lots of unpleasant smells even if you’re diligent. Its good practice to have a regularly replaced container of baking soda sitting on a shelf to neutralize floating odours. Remove that forgotten about organic kale starting to look like seaweed, wipe-down cracks and crevices in shelving, crispers, or side door. Mop up crumbs and spills immediately, and every once in awhile – before a big grocery restock – remove everything and wipe the interior down with a disinfectant. 

Kitchen Sink Drains – The Highway to Smell

Plumbing and the internet have one thing in common – they’re both a series of tubes. One of them moves information from one point to another, and the other one shuttles…well, you get the point. Nasty smells emanating from the kitchen sink is more common than you’d think. Solid matter can build up and start to rot in the pipe. The problem can become more of one if grease is poured down the sink. It congeals and collects at bends and turns in the pipes and will start to collect food debris in its oily embrace. 

We recommend you scour the drain with baking soda and vinegar. Start boiling a kettle full of water. Meanwhile, pour a cup of baking soda and then a cup of vinegar into the sink. Make sure they really get in there. Let the solution effervesce in the sink for five to 10 minutes, then slowly pour all of the hot water from the kettle into the sink drain.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Maid Service

Modern life comes with its benefits, but you have to admit – there are a few drawbacks. Your home is a sacred place, in a way, it’s where you can truly be yourself and unlike anywhere else, feel completely at ease and comfortable. There’s one thing that can stop those good vibes in their tracks – when your home is a mess.

A messy, dirty, or smelly living environment can lead to disharmony and scattered thoughts and worse yet, make you feel uncomfortable in your own home – your place of peace. That’s not what you want, that’s not what anyone wants. Sometimes it builds up, a week here, a month there, and soon you realize, what an absolute mess your home has become. Every crack and crevice screams at you, ‘NEGLECT!” as a feeling of overwhelmed hopelessness settles in, just like the dust on your baseboards. You lead a busy life, work all day, put effort into a healthy lifestyle, try to make it in this world and the thought of deep-cleaning your home can feel like an impossible task.

Why not free yourself of the burden and wasted energy of being on your hand and knees, and scrubbing your tub with Windex, because that’s all you had left in the cupboard. Here are 5 reasons why you should hire a maid service to regularly clean your home. You’ve put off looking at what’s lurking in the corners of your home for long enough.

Professionals Do It Better

Let’s be real for a moment, professionals just do it better. They are the masters of their profession. They know what to use, where to use it, what to look for and what to do in most circumstances. They’ve seen and done a lot. A professional is going to know exactly how to clean and what to use on each individual item in every corner of your home.

Most professional cleaners have years of practical experience and have a sixth sense when it comes to seeking and destroying the dirt and grime that lurk unseen. When the real pro’s get to work, the result is a much cleaner home at a much faster pace with zero stress than if you were to do it yourself.

This doesn’t mean every time a cleaner comes into your home it has to feel like an exorcism – Maid4Condos can be tailored to fit your needs and budget. If you only want a casual clean, no problem, it’ll be cheaper too. Moving in or out of an apartment or house? We know what to do, we have you covered, just put a big checkmark next to “Deep Clean“.

The pros just know, and that knowledge translates to what is basically a spa day for your home. If you’re the type of person that loves to clean but doesn’t have the time, or on the other end of the spectrum, never learned how to clean effectively – we can 100% help you out. Professional effort gives you professional results. Treat yourself – your peace of mind deserves it.

Your Time & Energy Are Worth It

Most of us lead busy lives. Working full time, raising a healthy and happy family, or pursing out passions and interests. Some people have young children running around, other people are getting older and are looking to spend more time enjoying life. Whatever your situation, there is a common connection we all share: our time and energy are finite, and more valuable than anything else. When life feels like its pulling you in a thousand different directions why spend time on things that can be done more efficiently and thoroughly by someone else?

When time is not on your side and a looming feeling of “mess stress” wants to cast a shadow over your life – don’t let it. Outsourcing a daunting and time-consuming task like cleaning will lighten the load and free your time and energy for what’s most important to you, whatever that may be.

Fewer Odors & Dirt Build-Up

The average home can be host to dozens of different life forms lurking in the corners of your personal environment. Mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses, your brother-in-law Jim that overstayed his welcome by 8 months. Kitchens and bathrooms are the worst culprits of these unwanted roommates. The only fungus we want is the porcini mushrooms in the fridge.

Pet owners can especially relate to the offensive smells and “presents” our beloved pets leave in their wake. They may be cute but they sure do smell bad sometimes. Hiring professional cleaners means you stay ahead of the funk-causing spots in your home. The pros always have the right cleansers, degreasers, sanitizers and deodorizers and most importantly the knowledge and experience to do the perfect job, every time.

You Enjoy Entertaining But Not Cleaning

Some of us love to entertain friends and family at home. We take pride in providing the best for the people we love and in creating the perfect environment for everyone to live, talk, and laugh in harmony with each other. A big drawback is what a mess it all can make! The garbage and grime build up quickly when there are more people around.

Call the professionals when you love to entertain but hate to deal with the mess it makes. When someone else is dealing with the dirty details you can spend that saved energy to relax a little more and really bond with the people you’re with. Host more, worry less.

Happiness – The Mental Benefits of Having a Clean Home

Do what you do best, do what you love to do. The decision to hire a professional cleaning service means you freed up several hours a week, at minimum, to do as you please. Those are hours you’ve rightfully earned to use as you see fit, there’s no judgement here! Use your newfound time and learn to juggle, to jog, or to relax and binge watch more Netflix. The important part is you made the decision to take back your time.

There’s a lightness to living and working in a clean and pristine environment. It can have a profound psychological impact on how you feel in your home. A dirty environment can leave you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and unable to think clearly. Living in a home in constant need of cleaning can really stress you out. Sometimes we all need professional help. When you look around and everything is pristine and clean, a fresh breeze carries new life into your lungs instead of pushing that tumbleweed of dust and hair across your floor

Hiring a house cleaner can conjure up images of stuffy aristocrats sitting around scoffing at everything. In reality, it’s not that at all. A Maid Service like Maid4Condos is here to make the skilled hands and hearts of true cleaning and housekeeping professionals as affordable as possible.

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