Does your house stink with pet, smoke, cooking, or other odors? Well, you are not alone. Each home has a variety of odors, good and bad. Persistent and unpleasant odors that torture the nasal cavities tend to stay for longer periods than pleasant smells. There are a variety of techniques that one can use to neutralize those unpleasant odors. The five most useful and their best practices of use are detailed below. These economical and natural solutions have great power and will eliminate even the most penetrating odors.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda can neutralize both odors and pH levels. Sprinkling baking soda in and around these common household items can also be helpful in reducing odors:
- At the bottom of the trash cans
- Inside the shoes
- On carpets
- In litterboxes
- At the bottom of laundry baskets
- In the fur of pets
Vinegar is not only used in food preparation, it also has many of the qualities of neutralizing and cleansing odors. You can use a cup of vinegar in the refrigerator or open room to remove odors. Vinegar is also an appropriate cleaner for glass, mirrors and countertops. Although the smell of vinegar can be very strong at first, it disappears in a short period of time.
Oats can be used for more than just cooking. Pouring and leaving it in a bowl in an open area, oats can serve as a valuable and powerful odor-absorbent. Add to a mixture of sweet potpourri and oats will be accentuated by pleasant and attractive aromas.
Not just a source of caffeine, leaving out a bowl of coffee without infusion can be an excellent odor eliminator. Although this method can be used to eliminate normal household odors, it is also an excellent means to eliminate stale cigarette smoke soaked into items like clothing and furniture.
5. Lemon Juice
Lemon has a pleasant citrus aroma on its own and also possesses powerful odor-removing qualities. Pour the lemon juice over your cutting board to remove the smell of prepared food such as garlic or seafood. You can also add a light amount of lemon juice into a humidifier to cover the odors of any room.
Finally, remove the source
It could be dead animal like a mouse, or rotten food, or pet stains. Look for the ultimate source of the bad smell and eliminate it. Although there are many other odor neutralizing agents that can be useful, if you can’t identify the source, the smell will keep coming back.