April 27, 2012 10:23 ET

Spring Cleaning Tips: How to Get Rid of Odours in Your Home

WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) - Spring's the time of year when many homeowners give their house a more thorough clean, taking on chores that are normally too time consuming to carry out on a weekly basis. Part of this activity can be getting rid of those nuisance odours - even the tough ones that won't seem to go away!

In the latest round of help and advice for Britain's homeowners, home emergency specialist HomeServe has released some useful home hints and tips to help you with your spring cleaning and leave your home sparkling clean and smelling fresh, ready for the summer.

How to get rid of strong smells

Onions make fantastic odour eliminators. Whether you've been cooking fish or you've just moved into your new home which has an unwanted odour, here's a tip that might get rid of any lingering smells. Cut a white onion in half and leave it on your windowsill for a couple of nights. The onion will absorb any unwanted smells, leaving your home odour free.

How to keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh

If you have a garbage disposal unit fitted in your kitchen, try placing some orange or lemon peel into the unit to keep it smelling fresh.

How to maintain a fresh smelling toilet

Pour half a cup of baking soda into your toilet tank at the back. Water is always present in this tank and can sometimes cause an odour. Adding baking soda will create a natural deodorizer to help keep your bathroom smelling great.

How to keep your microwave fresh

To clean off stubborn food splatters inside your microwave, soak a sponge in water and place on a dish inside. Turn to a high heat for 2 minutes then allow to sit for a further 5 minutes without opening the microwave door. Wipe the mess straight off with the sponge. Keeping a cup of baking soda in the microwave between uses will also stop food smells combining every time you cook.

How to remove mould from grout

Removing mould and stains from grout can add a fresh look to your bathroom, leaving it gleaming white. First, make a mixture of bleach and bicarbonate of soda. Then, using an old toothbrush, apply the mixture to the grout and get scrubbing! The bicarbonate of soda will lift the dirt, whilst the bleach will restore the whiteness.

How to clean chrome taps

If your chrome taps are looking far from their shiny best, try using this simple solution to clean them. Mix one teaspoon of cider vinegar with two tablespoons of sea salt. Then apply this to a soft cloth, rub onto the tap and polish off.

About HomeServe

Every minute a HomeServe engineer comes to the rescue of a British household. With over 2,700 directly employed and sub-contracted engineers, HomeServe is a national emergency home repair service backed by a 24 hour claims handling and repair network. HomeServe's new tradesmen service provides households with access to vetted tradesmen who are qualified to carry out hundreds of different jobs around the home.

HomeServe tradesmen are guaranteed to turn up on time, to hold the necessary qualifications to do the job at hand, to provide a price before they start the job and will even guarantee their work for a 12 month period afterwards.

HomeServe also offers insurance cover for plumbing, drains, electrical wiring and gas central heating.

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