Garages are the catch-all space for tools, gas cans, shoes, trash, storage and gear. Inherently, it’s also the catch-all for a plethora of undesirable smells. Add summertime heat to that equation, and you have a stinky problem. Take care of the musty scent now before summer comes.
Attack the Problem:
Start by finding the source of the stench. Throw away any paper or cardboard that has absorbed moisture. Clean up any spills on the garage floor. Pick up any garbage, and throw it away.
Quick Tip: Absorb any spills on the garage floor with kitty litter. Just dump some litter right onto the spill, and after an hour sweep it up with a broom. The clay in the litter mixture soaks up the moisture.
Seal the Floor:
Concrete garage floors are extremely porous and soak up odors and liquids. This leaves your garage floor stained and smelly. Seal your floor with an epoxy coating or garage tiles. These surfaces protect your concrete from odors and stains. Not only are these flooring options functional and low maintenance, but they add a modern and sleek look to your space.
Take Out the Trash:
The trash is often the source of unpleasant smells in your garage. Start by moving the trashcans outside if you are housing them in the garage. Hose out the inside of the cans where trash residue resides. When the cans have dried out, throw a deodorizer at the bottom.
Quick Tip: Make easy trash can deodorizers by mixing 2 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup water and 12 drops of essential oil in a bowl. Spoon the mixture into a cupcake tin with baking cups, and put them into a oven preheated to 350. Bake for 20 minutes, and then let them cool for 5 minutes.
Air It Out:
Spend a few hours with the garage door open to get some ventilation. For extra help, set up fans in the garage to replace the musty air with fresh air from outside. Find some time every month to leave the garage door open. This should help to maintain a fresh feeling in your garage.
Charcoal briquettes are a cheap way to absorb unwanted smells in the garage. Just open up a bag and set it somewhere out of the way.
Vinegar is a natural deodorizer. Place bowls of vinegar in each corner of the garage to neutralize that stale smell. Change out the vinegar every three days until the smell is gone.
Finish off the deodorizing process with an antibacterial room spray. Pick a scent you like, and spray it all over the garage two times day.
Try out some of these tips to eliminate odors in your garage!