There are some odors inside the house that are quite difficult to disperse, such as the smell of greasy food that cling to curtains, carpets and furniture, stench from dirty shoes, trash that has been allowed to sit for too long, the smell of pets, and just about any odor caused by bacteria build up.
Commercial air fresheners are expensive, contain ozone layer-depleting chemicals, and only mask the smell but do not totally eliminate and absorb what is causing the odor.
Aside from keeping areas like bathrooms and sinks clean and dry, opening windows to let the air circulate and drying others under the sun, there are several homemade solutions that you can prepare to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. Here are some tips in making an odor eliminator.
- ½ cup distilled water
- ½ cup vodka
- 8 drops lavender oil
- 4 drops bergamot oil
- 4 drops clove oil
- 2 drops oil of peppermint
1. Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to blend. Spray the areas that need freshening. Take care that the mist does not get into your eyes.
White vinegar and water can be combined to make instant odor eliminators. Here are some solutions that you can easily make.
- Combine one part white vinegar and 5 parts water and pour into spray bottle and spray into the air around the house and areas that need freshening. Make a stronger solution of one part water with one part vinegar for tougher jobs. Do not let the mist get into your eyes.
- Use equal parts of white vinegar and water to clean the inside of your refrigerator to rid it of smell and odors left by different foods. For tougher odors, use a solution of equal parts water and bicarbonate of soda to wipe the inside and all the shelves of your refrigerator. Leave the door open for a few minutes to let the solution dry and air to circulate.
- To remove the cooking odors, such as the smell of fish, onions, and cabbages, fill a pot with water and add one tablespoon of white vinegar for each cup of water and allow it to boil uncovered over medium flame. Remove from heat. The foul smell with be gone as the mixture evaporates.
Baking soda is also a natural odor eliminator.
- To remove bad odor from shoes, particularly rubber shoes, fill up some old baby socks with baking soda and place a sachet inside each shoe. You can also put baking soda sachets inside your closets.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming. It will rid your carpet of all the odors that have clung to it. If there is still a lingering odor, spray the area with some white vinegar and let it dry before sprinkling it again with baking soda. Vacuum the carpet after a few hours.
- Leave an open box of baking soda in a corner of your refrigerator to absorb all the odors inside. Replace with a new box every month.
You can also place a few pieces of charcoal in a dish and use it as an odor absorber inside your refrigerator.
With a few household ingredients that are cheap and readily available, you can make natural odor eliminators that are safe, environmentally friendly and very easy to use. And they actually eliminate the foul odors, not just masking them with all sorts of artificial scents.