Does your house smell?

If you suspect that your house may be a little niffy, do the vacuum test. Put a new bag in (if appropriate) or empty the dust bin of your cleaner and then vacuum one room – preferably the one you think is the smelliest. Clean rugs if you have hard floors. Then, take the bag or bin outside and give it a good sniff. If it smells musty and generally not very nice, then that is how the room smells too, so you should do something about it. It doesn’t have to be drastic. If you sprinkle long pile rugs or hall runners with some bicarbonate of soda, well rubbed in, this will absorb nasty smells very quickly.