Who doesn't love to come back to a tidy and fresh house after a long day? However, keeping your home smelling fresh can be challenging despite your cleaning efforts.
When an unpleasant odor appears, the easy solution would be to spray some air freshener, but masking the smell is not a definitive solution.
Did you know that you can remove (not cover!) those pesky odors using products you already have in your home? Here are seven amazing household items that can also work like odor traps.
First, identify if the odor has a source
In most cases, looking for the source is crucial for dealing with an unpleasant odor in your home. For example, when a musty smell is related to mold or a plumbing issue, you'll need to address the problem first.
Besides, unpleasant smells sometimes come from a dirty, overlooked area in the room, and cleaning that spot should be the first step. If you can't find where the smell is coming from, check these usual sources of odor:
- Trash cans: Even if you take out the trash and avoid overflowing the bags, it's normal to overlook any spills or residue. The trash can itself can smell even more than the trash if you neglect to wash it.
- Garbage disposal: Food bits and greasy residue will get stuck under the blades, resulting in a funky odor.
- Refrigerator: Spoiled food might give off an increasingly bad smell. Besides, spills and drips will set and develop odors.
- Carpets: Your carpets might look clean, but they can trap spills and stains deep in the fibers. Check if your carpet needs a deep cleaning.
- Closets: When some clothing isn't in season, it's easy to neglect a whole section of your wardrobe, giving humidity and poor ventilation a chance to develop musty smells.
- Bed linens: Even if you go to sleep after a shower, your body will always have natural oils, and in time, the residue builds up in your bed.
How to remove pesky odors in your home
Sometimes, getting rid of unpleasant aromas inside your home is as easy as cleaning the source of the smell. However, with a powerful deodorizer, you can speed things up. Here are seven household items you can use as deodorizers to keep your home fresh.
1. Baking soda
Besides its usefulness in scrubbing gunk and grime, this powder also can deal with odors. For example, a well-known way to combat smells in the fridge is leaving a small bowl with baking soda inside.
Besides, baking soda can help you keep carpet smells at bay. Sprinkle the powder over the carpet and vacuum it after 15 minutes. You can use this trick on other textiles as well.
2. White vinegar
At a glance, white vinegar gives the impression that it adds smells instead of dealing with them. However, you shouldn't let the aroma of vinegar fool you! Thanks to its acidity, this household product is one of the most effective natural odor removers.
The best way to use vinegar as an odor eraser is with a simmering pot. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a pot, simmer it for 15 minutes, and you'll see (or rather smell) the difference!
If you prefer to avoid the vinegar smell, you could throw some lemon peels in your simmering pot instead of white vinegar. Lemon and vinegar contain acids that react with the molecules that cause foul smells.
Besides, if you love citrus essence, you'll be glad to know that lemon juice can dissolve grease and oils in your garbage disposal. Follow these simple steps to clean and deodorize it:
- Step 1: Throw a cup of ice in your garbage disposal. Then, add a cup of salt and squeeze a lemon on top of the ice.
- Step 2: Let the water run and turn on the garbage disposal. The ice and salt will scrub the blades, while the lemon juice leaves a fresh scent.
4. Cat litter
Every cat owner knows how effective cat litter is for absorbing moisture and keeping odors sealed. So, why not use it to trap other smells in your house? Fortunately, it works wonders.
Cat litter works especially fine to catch moisture and musty smells on the bottom of your trash can. Just sprinkle one scoop of cat litter between the trash can and the bag, and replace it when it's moist.
5. Coffee grounds
If you happen to be a coffee lover, this odor trap might interest you. Coffee has properties that activate once the smell is nearby, catching any odor particles while adding a rich aroma. Just fill a small bowl with the used coffee grounds and leave it inside cupboards and bathrooms.
Also, you can use coffee inside your car; keep it in a container with a couple of holes on the lid.
6. Vanilla extract
Perhaps coffee isn't to your liking, or you might want a sweeter aroma on top of zero odors. Then, try vanilla extract as an alternative, and you'll always enjoy its lasting, sweet smell.
For example, if your refrigerator isn't as fresh as you want, dip a couple of cotton balls in vanilla extract and leave them inside the fridge and freezer. Also, you can throw a few cotton balls inside your trash can or leave them in any room you want to deodorize.
7. Dryer Sheets
Besides leaving your laundry soft and fresh, dryer sheets can also help by absorbing foul odors in your house. Thanks to its materials and softening agents, it acts as a magnet for smells while adding a hint of fresh scent.
Dryer sheets work best in places where you store clothes. You can place one or two dryer sheets inside your drawers or closet. Besides, a dryer sheet between the trash bag and the can is an easy way to keep garbage odors at bay.
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