Your apartment home is your sanctuary. It’s your tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world. It’s your blissful oasis from the chaos.

Nothing disturbs the peace of your sanctuary like a strange or unpleasant odor. Whether it’s forgotten leftovers, a beloved but stinky pet, or something else out of your control, foul odors are no fun.

 Luckily, we’ve got tips for how to get rid of smells in your apartment, how to keep your apartment smelling good, and when to get the property manager involved.

How To Keep Smells Out Of Apartments 

First, you have to find the source. Some of the most common sources of unpleasant apartment smells include:

  • Garbage – Whether it’s yours or a neighbor’s, trash receptacles are the usual and most obvious cause of odor. This includes receptacles in common spaces, like the trash can in the communal laundry room.
  • Stale air – If you are just moving into a new apartment that’s been empty for a while, you could be greeted with the overwhelming odor of fresh paint, carpet glue and stale air. Or, if you’re just coming back after an extended time away, your apartment might have that stagnant mustiness hanging around.
  • Neighbors – Sure, everyone worries about how to deal with a noisy neighbor, but what about a smelly one? Cooking and smoking odors can waft down the hallways, under your apartment door, or even small spaces between walls, leaving a not-so-pleasing odor.
  • Nearby construction – Construction on that building next door can kick up clouds of sawdust, sheetrock dust, chemical and welding fumes, creating an acrid, metallic smell that seems to penetrate every surface.
  • Fifi or Fido – We all love our pets, but sometimes they can be a bit smelly or accident prone (or both!). Especially when they are new to apartment living and don’t know the rules yet.


When to Get the Property Manager Involved

Talk with your property manager before undertaking any remediation measures. They might have some suggestions or even be able to recommend a cleaning service.

In the case of a serious odor problem, like mildew odors or a smoky smell, the management company might need to find the underlying issue before the smell dissipates.


How To Get Rid Of Smell In Apartments

Now that you’ve addressed the causes, how do you get rid of smell in an apartment? Here are a few things you can do to address the problem:

  • Let the air in –Open the windows to circulate some fresh air and let the sunshine in. Both will help remove odors from your apartment.
  • Unblock your vents – First and foremost, make sure your return vent has at least two feet of clear space around it. If your HVAC system isn’t getting an adequate supply of fresh air, it can be difficult to rid your home of pesky odors. Also make sure there is at least one open, unblocked vent in each room to ensure proper circulation throughout your home.
  • Take the garbage out – Keep garbage and compost in airtight containers with latching lids, and dispose of it early and often. Be sure to rinse out any items before you put them in the recycling bin.
  • Clean frequently – Give your apartment a good, deep clean by wiping down all surfaces and any potential odor culprits you might gloss over during your usual apartment cleaning routine. Think of places like inside the refrigerator, the oven, garbage disposal, sink drains and kitchen trash can.


How To Get Food Smell Out Of Apartments

Lingering food smells–like burnt popcorn–can be tough to stomach.

However, just like your kitchen can house some pretty unpleasant odors, it can also yield the solution when considering how to get food smells out of an apartment. There are two common household ingredients that will clean and deodorize almost anything: baking soda and vinegar.

Sprinkle baking soda on carpets or fabrics you think are smelly, let it sit, and vacuum a little while later. Keep an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to combat leftover food smells. You can also leave a few open boxes of baking soda around the house to absorb everyday odors. A sprinkle of baking soda in the bottom of the kitchen trash will prevent strong smells from taking hold. 

Vinegar, meanwhile, can be used to freshen up your garbage disposal, dishwasher and washing machine. Just use a cup of vinegar and run lots of hot water through your appliances. Or, leave a bowl of vinegar out on the counter overnight to combat cooking smells.


How To Keep Your Apartment Smelling Good

Now that you’ve gotten rid of the unpleasant smell, it’s time to replace it with something that adds to your home in a positive way!

One quick fix: bake something that smells good. Chocolate chip cookies are a long-time realtor favorite. Fresh-baked bread or brownies are also a treat for the nose (and the tastebuds).

Consider investing in an air purifier, like a high-efficiency particulate air filter, more commonly known as a HEPA filter. Consumer Reports has a good guide on what to look for in an air purifier.

Or, if you’re not ready to invest in a high-tech air filtering system (and you have a green thumb), go with nature’s air purifier:  low-maintenance houseplants. Plants recycle carbon dioxide, giving you purer, cleaner air to breathe. And some of them even smell nice!

That’s how to keep an apartment smelling good!

Breathe Easier with Southern Management

At Southern Management, we want your apartment to be an odor-free oasis of comfortable living. Our apartment communities operate with a commitment to service. We will provide you with: a well-maintained and comfortable apartment to call home; friendly, responsive, and knowledgeable customer care; and convenient methods to express concerns, including maintenance requests.

With 75 apartment communities, including some that are smoke-free, our team is confident that we can find the perfect location and floor plan to make you feel right at home before you even move in.

Contact our team to learn more today.