Listen, I hate to break it to you, but your apartment smells. Don’t try and convince me otherwise. It does! But here’s the good news, it doesn’t have to. It’s a super simple fix. So if you want to know how to stop your apartment from smelling…read on.

Most of the time, it’s not necessarily YOUR apartment that smells, but actually the smells from your neighbors and other residents wafting through. If your neighbor is someone that smokes, you might have that lingering smell (though some of our MCLife properties are smoke free so….awkward) or it could be them cooking dinner or even their pets.

But sometimes, it’s you.

Some common reasons for smelly apartments are as follows:

Don’t worry! No matter what’s causing the smell, we’re here to help you fix it.



We’re all busy, we all got jobs to do and sometimes we forget to do the simple things. Like take out the trash. It’s not uncommon and we all do it. But if we leave it for too long, it starts to stink up our apartment and then that smell like never goes away. Simplest thing you can do? Take your trash out more!

Another way is by sprinkling a little baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan. It’ll take care of the odors and prevent future ones!


Dinner might taste delicious, but the after smell…can be a little gross. Prevent this from happening and ruining your dinner by opening a window or two when you’re cooking! Super simple!

General Uncleanliness

We, as humans, smell. We sweat, which causes some not so great smells no matter how strong your deodorant is. And sometimes those smells linger in our apartment. And we’re not saying you’re a smelly person, but just…here are some tips.

This is a NUMBER ONE RULE to get your apartment to stop smelling! Get some air flow going to help out, especially in the summer when we’re stewing in our own sweat.

Weird, I know, but useful! They trap the smell and keep your clothes smelling a bit better. And you can even use them in your apartment! It replaces the smell and you can get multiple uses out of it!


MCLife apartment communities are extremely pet friendly. And we know that sometimes, your pets can really stink. We love em, but sometimes they’re gross. Don’t let their smells take over!

Different than air fresheners! These babies will completely get rid of your odor instead of just putting a film of good smelling smells over it. It absorbs lingering smells and you can enjoy your pet and your fresh air!

Cigarette Smoke

Even though some MCLife apartment communities are smoke free, people don’t always follow the rules. So that stench might linger. Here are just a few ways to get rid of it!

A super easy way to get rid of the smell of cigarettes is to get some coffee grounds, wrap them in the fillers and then spread them throughout your apartment! You can even make them look a little cute so that it just looks like new decorations. Plus, if you’re a coffee lover – this smell is MUCH better!

You probably already have this in your apartment; it’s so useful! Especially when it comes to getting rid of yucky smoke smells. Just pour some into a few bowls and then place the bowls around your apartment. Leave them overnight and in the morning, the smell will be have soaked up by the vinegar!

Honestly, a lot of these things can be used for each of the most common smells. See what works for you and adjust if you need to! Keep your apartment smelling fresh n clean!