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These things may sound unrelated, but each of these items can be used to keep a home smelling fresh without the chemical smell we’ve come to associate with cleaning.
Home cleaning products that have a strong chemical smell or have added fragrance can be dangerous for your health. According to testing conducted by the University of Washington in Seattle, many cleaning and freshening products on the market contain VOCs – volatile organic compounds. These compounds can be considered toxic or hazardous by US federal law.
The study team tested 25 common products, including air fresheners, all-purpose cleaners, dish detergents, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, and laundry detergents.
GETTING IT CLEAN WITHOUT CHEMICALS
You can get your home clean without using store bought products that release VOCs. In fact, you want to give this a try if you have family members with allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Baking soda can help eliminate odors in the refrigerator and the garbage disposal for starters. Arm and Hammer has some great ideas for cleaning your home with baking soda.
- Place baking soda in a small bowl or open container at put the bowl inside at the back of your fridge. Replace every 10 -14 days.
- Use baking soda in the garbage disposal. Place several spoonfuls of baking soda into the disposal. Run the disposal.
If you love the smell of freshly brewed coffee, how about using freshly ground coffee to freshen up the smell in closets and tight spaces? Fill a sock or muslin bag with a great smelling ground coffee and then hang the sock/bag in a closet. It will help eliminate that odd stale air smell.
Spray and wipe down grout and countertop crevices with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of mildew. Hydrogen Peroxide is inexpensive and can be found at drug stores and grocery stores. This is the same ingredient used in many teeth whitening products, so make sure you aren’t wearing your favorite shirt when you apply this.
This is your workhorse alternative to store bought cleaning products. Vinegar can kill bacteria and it’s what many of our grandparents and great grandparent used to get their homes clean. This article from the Better Homes & Gardens website outlines numerous ways to use white vinegar to remove dirty messes and smells.
Not responding promptly to an emergency could cause injury and end up costing you money in repairs, too. When you rent a home, you’re responsible for the care of the home, and that includes items within the home, so it makes it even more important to be as prepared as possible before a problem occurs. See our infographic at the end of this article.
First-Time or Long-time Renter?
If you’ve never rented a single-family home before, tell your property manager and he will make you aware of your responsibilities as a tenant. Tenants should always read their lease documents before signing.
First, you’ll need to read through your lease to see exactly what you pay for and what the property owner pays for when a repair is required. Flooding, fire, and wind damage can happen while you’re in the home, and your fast response can save you from being held liable for damage. Burglaries and vandalism can also cause damage to the home. Calling the appropriate authorities and filing a report with them can help prevent you from being charged for any damage incurred.
Prevent Broken Appliances
Appliances and equipment in the home can breakdown due to normal use, but can also fail because of improper use. Tenants can be charged to replace appliances and equipment that they’ve damaged, but they can’t be charged for the normal end of life for these items. Everyone in your home who will be using an appliance should be trained in its use. Often landlords and property managers will walk a tenant through the use of certain appliances if the tenant asks, but they are not responsible for the tenant knowing how to use them. Renters should always reference equipment manuals for correct information. Many manufacturers place their product manuals online for easy access.
Addressing safety when you first move in is a good way to begin your life in a new property. In this infographic, we’ve identified four ways to promote safety within your home.
Courtesy of: Tyson Properties - Albuquerque, NM
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