Moving into a newly renovated house is one of the happy moments.  After a  renovation, the house will have a smell.  Some people might experience headache, nausea, chest tightness, and even have respiratory problems.  Some people believed that long-term exposure will cause cancer.  This is rather scary but how do we remove such odor after renovation? Below are some methods to remove the odor after renovation.

Method 1 – Use bamboo charcoal

We all know that charcoal is a good dehumidifier.  Bamboo charcoal can effectively absorb any sulphides, formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals and moisture in the air.  This eliminates odor, thereby you can get fresh air.  Therefore, place bamboo charcoal in each room and this will help to get rid of the smell in your newly renovated house.

Method 2 – Use plants

House plants can naturally clean air in the house.  In fact, NASA scientists, has done researches on the benefits of indoor plants and found that through plant photosynthesis process, air gets purified. Some plants remove chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities.  Depending on the size of the room, plants can be displayed to beautify the house and clean the air in the room.  As a guide, for every 10 square meters, you can put one to two 1.5m tall plants.

You can consider plants like cactus, palm, ferns, corn cane or mass cane (tieshu), English Ivy, Orchid, Snake Plant, Spider Plant and so on.

Method 3 – Ventilation

After renovation, you must always increase ventilation and air circulation in the house.  Therefore, it is necessary to open the door and windows for air circulation.  This will reduce the harmful substances in the indoor air.  Ensure good ventilation for at least 1 to 2 months.

Method 4 – Cleaning

Cleaning of new furniture, floor, walls and so on can remove residual chemical substances to an extent.  Depend on the surfaces, some surfaces can be cleaned using salt water.

Method 5 – Add aromatic fragrance

There are many ways to add aroma to your house and this depends on individuals liking.  Here are some natural ways that you could use.

  1. Tea Bags – You can hang a few teabags on the back of the door.  You can also add one or two drops of essential oil on the tea bags to increase the aroma.
  2. Dried Lavender – Mix dried lavender and baking soda in a jar. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and mix them well.  Repeat adding a few drops of essential oil and mix well till you are satisfied.  Punched holes on the jar cover and cover the jar.
  3. Lemon Peel – If you are cooking and the food or water is boiling, place the lemon peel on top of the pot cover to create a scent in the room. Alternatively, you can throw some lemon peels in the fireplace and there you get your citrus aroma in the house.
  4. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is a great deodorizer and helps clear up sinuses or congested nose. Place a few branches in the closet and it will get rid of the musty smell.  Essential oil can be used in replace of the branches too.
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