Even if you keep your home impeccably clean, unpleasant odors can arise from time to time. When that happens, you may be tempted to quickly spray a commercial air freshener which is a temporary solution. Instead of using toxic, chemical fresheners that are polluting your home you can make your home made natural deodorizers.
The citric acid in lemons works to neutralize odors, and the lemony smell leaves a pleasant odor after cleaning. This works especially well on food odors.
- Deodorize your dishwasher. Add 1 cup of lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best) to the bottom of your dishwasher and run just the rinse cycle to disinfect and deodorize it.
- Freshen up your whole kitchen. Fill a pot with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Simmer on your stove.
- Deodorize your sink. Put a handful of lemon, lime or orange peel in the sink disposal and run with water.
The oil from Eucalyptus is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it a great deodorizer. It can help freshen up musty places that are often kept closed off like closets. Its fragrance can help you breathe better by opening up your sinuses.
- Freshen a musty closet. Place a few branches in a closet or musty room. Be sure to check it in a few weeks and simply replace it when the fresh scent starts to go away.
- Polish Furniture. Add 2 Tbsp. of Eucalyptus oil to 4 liters of water to use as an antiseptic spray, or as an all natural replacement for Pine-sol or Lysol.
Vinegar is one of the most versatile liquids around. Apple Cider Vinegar has incredible health properties when consumed. It’s also a great all natural alternative for everyday cleaning around the house. Don’t worry about the strong smell, it completely goes away when it dries.
- Neutralize hard-to-get-rid-of Odors. Add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to the fabric softener of your washing machine to neutralize bad odors that tend to stick around even after washing.
- Clean your washer. Every couple of months, run an empty washer load with 1 cup of vinegar to keep it clean and working well.
- Bathroom cleaner. Combine equal parts white distilled vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Ideal for hard to remove grime in your bathroom or shower.
- Hair Conditioner. I’ve been known to use a tablespoon of vinegar as a replacement for hair conditioner.
- Clean a clogged drain. Pour boiling white distilled vinegar down a clogged drain to remove the obstruction.
4. Baking Soda
Baking Soda is an alkaline powder that’s great at neutralizing acid based smells like body odor and the smells that come from aging food.
- Neutralize odors in the fridge. Place an opened box of baking soda in the fridge to neutralize the bad smells created by food starting to go bad.
- Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy).
- To deodorize your disposal, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. Baking soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
- To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water–it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your refrigerator.