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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-26-2011, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Smile How do you keep the house smelling fresh?

I'm trying to find something to keep my house smelling fresh and clean but I get dizzy when I use plug ins or stronger smelling candles. I use febreeze sprays but it doesn't keep the house smelling nice long enough.
What do you use/do to keep the house smelling clean?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-26-2011, 04:37 AM
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How does your house smell bad? Is it a litter box smell? I have a cat in a small apartment and it doesn't smell bad.
  • I clean his litterbox every other day. I soak the old tray in disinfectant and water and set it out to dry (I have two so there is always a dry one to put down).
  • I wash his favorite blankets/sleeping spots every week.
  • I sprinkle the carpet with plain baking soda and vacuum thoroughly twice a week. I also mop twice a week in the kitchen/bathroom.
  • I wipe the kitchen counters/sink/and bathroom counter/sink every day (more than once since he walks on them and I have to wipe them down before cooking).
  • I try to open the windows for a little while each day (even if it's only for 30 minutes) just to let in some fresh air.

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Haha. We'd be happy too. MowMow can play with the girls while I clean. I'll even trim nails (theirs, not yours) and brush them.
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How does your house smell bad? Is it a litter box smell? I have a cat in a small apartment and it doesn't smell bad.
  • I clean his litterbox every other day. I soak the old tray in disinfectant and water and set it out to dry (I have two so there is always a dry one to put down).
  • I wash his favorite blankets/sleeping spots every week.
  • I sprinkle the carpet with plain baking soda and vacuum thoroughly twice a week. I also mop twice a week in the kitchen/bathroom.
  • I wipe the kitchen counters/sink/and bathroom counter/sink every day (more than once since he walks on them and I have to wipe them down before cooking).
  • I try to open the windows for a little while each day (even if it's only for 30 minutes) just to let in some fresh air.
My house smells like a mix of cat pee and stinky dog blankets.
I admit I probably don't clean often enough but whenever it is clean it still stinks. I cleaned the whole house for the holidays and even had a clean litter box but it still stank! I'm trying a different type of litter so that might solve the litter box problem (I do scoop everyday).

I will try washing their bedding more often but I think I need something to help purify the air. It's also kind of hard to leave the windows open in the winter time but I must admit it is better in the summer time with the windows open often. Do you know if beeswax candles work well?
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i scoop daily and every week I bleach the litterboxes. Fresh litter if the old stuff is stinky

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I scoop daily, wash the boxes weekly (but rarely do a full litter change-out) and clean the house weekly, and I don't notice any issues with odors.

Do the home fragrance oils bother you the way candles do? Perhaps give those a shot.

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I've noticed that having my litterboxes in a place where the air circulates makes a HUGE difference! I live in a townhouse, and I have 1 large litterbox outside my room at the top of the stairs & 1 extra large walk in litterbox at the bottom of the stairs right by the front door. As long as I scoop every couple of days and there is some kind of air circulation (fans, a/c, windows, etc) then there is no smell. I do realize some people are have limited space though.

Also, plastic will absorb odors, so maybe it is just time to replace their litterbox?
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I'm a dirty girl.. I usually wait until it gets nasty.

I clean the litter box and tanks once a week though.

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I scoop everyday and use plug ins from Bath and Body Works because I like the smell, not because my house smells.

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