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10/8/13 11:25 A

It also might be worth sticking a dehumidifier down there. Moist air keeps odor better than dry air so pulling the water out of the air might help as well.

LPRUNWALK Posts: 251
10/8/13 11:00 A

Good point about the floors. I forgot to mention that we have wood laminate in the workout area (throughout the basement, actually). No carpets, fortunately. I've been doing quick daily mops with a spray mop, and that seems to be working OK, but for overall odour control I am excited to try vinegar and baking soda.

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10/8/13 10:10 A

I guess it depends on the type of floor you have. I have mats in my home gym, so I wash down once a week with vinegar, then water, then if its bad make a baking soda paste to run over the floor. If you have carpet, you may need a carpet refresher with baking soda.

LPRUNWALK Posts: 251
10/8/13 10:10 A

Thanks everyone! There are some great suggestions here. I'm going to keep the windows open as long as our Canadian Fall weather will allow, then go with some combination of baking soda, vinegar, and a natural disinfectant spray. Cheers!


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-- Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women

"Move away from the table."
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RUNNINGYOGINIRE Posts: 28,763
10/8/13 8:19 A

There are some natural cleaners on the market. I use them on the floor and to wipe down equipment a couple times a week.

FERNCREST Posts: 991
10/8/13 7:41 A

Febreeze works for me.

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10/7/13 3:45 P

Set out a bowl of vinegar. You will be able to smell the vinegar, but it's great at absorbing odors. I set a bowl out every time I cook bacon, leave it for a couple hours, then dump it and the bacon smell is completely gone.

People suggest wiping surfaces with it and swear that the vinegar smell will dissipate, but I have not tried that yet.

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10/7/13 3:26 P

I need to try some of these suggestions. I turned one-half of our basement into a home gym. I do open up the basement window and try to air it out once in a while, but my wife would tell you I am not very successful. When we have any of the children and their SO's come home or have other friends or relatives spend the night, I sterilize my half of the basement, deodorize the carpets and rugs, use air freshener, etc. But I need to be more consistent, I reckon.

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10/7/13 2:09 P

I have an automatic air freshener. It dispenses 1 pump of air freshener spray every 36 minutes.

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10/7/13 1:26 P

baking powder and opening windows to air out

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10/7/13 12:57 P

Good old baking soda also works really well as an odor absorbant.

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10/7/13 12:54 P

we never close the windows in the treadmill room.

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A1HOTDOG Posts: 75
10/7/13 12:49 P

febreeze or odorban. I also find pet deodorizer works really well.

LPRUNWALK Posts: 251
10/7/13 12:33 P

Hey everyone,
I'm hoping to crowd-source some cleaning suggestions to help keep our home workout area from becoming a smelly cave. My husband and I recently got serious and started using our (currently bright, airy and fully renovated) basement for near-daily workouts using Fitness Blender's free workout videos. These are some pretty sweaty routines, and I am realizing that we are going to need to step up our usual cleaning efforts (STAT) in order to keep the area smelling fresh. The basement is also our media centre, so it has to smell good! One complication is that our daughter has severe food and environment allergies plus asthma, and both my husband and I have milder, unspecified breathing trouble, along with a heightened sensitivity to perfumes and harsh cleaning fluids. What's your routine? What can you recommend for regular maintenance cleaning without the asthma-inducing chemicals or strong floral smells? I am willing to use some chemicals occasionally and realize there may no way to get the job done thoroughly otherwise, but I am on the hunt for a good daily maintenance routine (including some sort of natural spray for mats, if anyone has one -- store-bought or preferrably home-made) to stay on top of things between big cleans. Thanks so much for any and all suggestions!

"And no list could hold what I wanted, for what I wanted was every last thing, every layer of speech and thought, stroke of light on bark or walls, every smell, pothole, pain, crack, delusion, held still and held together -- radiant, everlasting."
-- Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women

"Move away from the table."
-- Barbara Little, 1915-2008
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