Use these tips to learn natural ways to eliminate household odors.
There are no two ways about it; our homes can develop quite odd and offensive odors if we aren’t diligent about keeping them at bay. Keeping your home smelling great is actually quite easy and you can do it very naturally as well. In this article, I’ll offer some natural ways to deal with household orders as well as how to prevent them, naturally, so you can stay away from chemicals you are trying to avoid.
Natural Ways to Prevent Household Odors
Like most things in life, prevention is the best thing you can do when it comes to keeping something in good shape. This extends to household odors.
Prevention and cleanliness are the most important lines of defense against odors.
- Make sure you are deep cleaning on a regular basis, especially in areas such as your refrigerator or bathroom, and a lot of household odor issues won’t be a problem for you.
- Simple acts, such as cleaning up after cooking, can also help prevent offensive odors from developing.
- Also, don’t allow wet towels to sit around on the floor in your bathroom. Hang your bath mat to dry, and be diligent about cleaning up after pets.
Natural Ways to Deal with Household Odors
Use natural deodorizers such as baking soda to keep odors away.
Baking soda has long been used as a natural deodorizer. I use it for everything! You can place some baking soda in your freezer to prevent odors there, you can make a paste of it and clean items with it, and you can simply sprinkle some into your carpet to deodorize before you vacuum. Baking soda is frugal and works for so many things.
To get rid of offensive cooking odors, try vinegar.
Do you like to cook with pungent foods such as curry, seafood, or onions and garlic? While these heavily scented foods are amazing on the pallet, they can leave behind a smell that lasts till the next day. If kitchen odors bother you, try boiling a cup of vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup of water on the stove after cooking. it will help deodorize the air and make the smells dissipate. Additionally, make sure you are wiping down counters and cupboards that may be locking in these orders.
Get rid of or prevent bad odors in the fridge with activated charcoal
One time, I had a really offensive odor in my fridge and I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it. I tried a baking soda scrub and I tried removing everything from my fridge and letting it air out. Neither of these options worked. So I did some looking online and I found out that activated charcoal can actually help you with this problem. I now keep activated charcoal in a small bowl in my fridge to help absorb odors.
Use essential oils to scent the air
Essential oils are great for aromatherapy as well as just scenting the air in your home a lovely smell. You can buy an essential oil diffuser and it’s as simple as dropping a few drops into the machine and turning it on. If you use candles, make sure they are scented with essential oils as many candles are not. Never add essential oils to a candle though, as this can create a fire hazard.
You can make a lot of wonderful essential oil air fresheners, too! Try making this DIY Essential Oil Diffuser from Tree Hugger. You can also make amazing smelling linen spray. Use this DIY linen spray to freshen up bed linens and curtains.
Try an air purifier to keep mold and other offensive odors and allergens away
An air purifier is a great way to keep offensive odors as well as allergens out of your home. Interestingly enough, many odors in such as mold, are also responsible for offensive odors in our home. Air purifiers can remove both.
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