Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

There are several common problems people have with their home that they have a difficult time dealing with—like uninvited pests, strange smells, and mold in the shower. Luckily for you, these issues are easy to fix when you know how.

Uninvited Pests

Many things could be attracting pests to your home. For example, a dirty kitchen, messy trash, overabundance of moisture, faulty roof, or unsealed cracks could be drawing in common pests like cockroaches, ants, flies, mice, rats, and bats. Check your home for gaps under doors and windows, inspect for cracks in your foundation, fix up any leaks, and make sure your roof is in good repair. Keep your recyclables, trash, and dishes clean as possible and never leave food out on the counter. Keeping your home tidy will prevent pests from feeling invited in. If pests persist, look into traps, poisons, and natural remedies which can help eliminate the problem.

Weird Smells

Strange smells in a home can be common, and weird smells come from a variety of things. Your appliances could be a source of the problem. For example, a messy trash can is often the source of many, many strange smells. A dishwasher, too, can be a breeding ground for mold and resulting smells. Grime can build up in your garbage disposal and produce additional weird smells. Even your washing machine can be a source of weird smells.

These strange odors can be easily resolved. Make sure that you treat the cause rather than just masking the smells. If the problem lies with the dishwasher, for example, run the machine on an empty dry-heat cycle and clean the filter. Clean up mold in your front-load washing machine using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Toss some citrus fruit down your garbage disposal. Go to the source of the smells and tackle the problem.

Mildew and Mold

When it comes to mildew and mold in the shower or other wet areas, it is important to tackle the issue sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the problem will spread and get bigger. Many products focus on not only getting rid of mold but also preventing it from coming back.

Bleach or borax mixed with water can be an efficient solution for shower mold. Spray it onto the problem area, let it sit, then remove the mold with a brush or cloth and rinse the spot. A mixture of white vinegar and baking soda is another great, inexpensive remedy for shower mold. After you clean up your shower, you shouldn’t have to fight mold again for a long while.

Although these common house problems are irritating, there are usually quick solutions that will help you fix the problem. Even though they may seem difficult to tackle, mold, smells, pests, and other household issues can be eradicated.

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