When it comes to managing your rentals, sometimes a tenant or previous owner can leave them a little stinky. So you’ll want a few options of effective room deodorizers to abate the smell.

Did you know that smell signals radiate to deeper regions of the brain that affect emotion and memory—causing intense feelings? 

This is only one reason to ensure that you’re doing everything in your power to manage the smell of a rental if it has a lingering odor that’s unpleasant to the nose. After all, when it comes time to show the rental, you won’t want potential renters to be scared off by the scent.

Naturally, you’ll want to open windows if possible to air out the unit or add a few layers of fresh paint to the walls. But, if you want to add a little more sense of comfort to the property, here are 3 options you can use separately or in combination with one another to lessen any putrid odors impacting your rental.

Light a Candle

If you’re going to be around and monitoring your rental, one obvious room deodorizer is a candle. Now, of course, you want to be careful of accidentally starting any fires. However, candles are a great way to effectively bring a new, better smell into your investment property.

Popular scents include lavender, vanilla, mint, pumpkin, fresh laundry, or any “baked good” smell. These scents can invoke feelings of comfort and homeyness to attract renters to your unit.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is well known for being a natural room deodorizer. This tip can be an effective odor eliminator as baking soda works by absorbing and neutralizing the acidic nature of any stinky smells.

As a bonus, baking soda is relatively inexpensive and can be found at most grocery stores, dollar stores, and bigger retailers (like Wal-Mart, Target, etc).

Try placing bowls of baking soda around the unit, changing every day, to see if this trick works to reduce or rid your rental of any negative scents.

Reed Diffusers

Additionally, another room deodorizer option is reed diffusers. Reed diffusers act as air fresheners with long, reed sticks placed into bottles or containers of scented oil. The sticks absorbed the oil and release fragrance into the air.

Reed diffusers are an excellent alternative to candles, as they don’t require a flame to release scent into the air. Similar to candles, there are many scent options available, including mint, eucalyptus, lemon or citrus, and vanilla to bring a warmer or fresher aroma to your unit.

3 Options for Effective Room Deodorizers

There you have it! Three ideas for room deodorizers that can eliminate stinky smells from your rental! It’s critical to rid any properties of any odors that might deter your renters from prequalifing or applying to your unit

  • Candles
  • Baking soda
  • Reed diffusers

After all, tenants want to envision themselves as living in your rental and making it into their next home. Don’t let stinky scents prevent you from filling a vacancy!