Pet odors, stinky shoes, mildew-y wet laundry, and your everyday household odors: A spray of Fabreeze might not be enough to conquer them. Here’s how to get your home and yourself smelling fresher.
10. Neutralize Pet Odors with Vinegar or Tea Leaves
If the awful smells are coming from the cat litter (which is supposed to help reduce odor!), you might want to mix some dried tea leaves into the litter box.
9. Deodorize Just About Anything with Cat Litter
On the other hand, if the smell is outside of a litter box, kitty litter could do wonders: in stinky shoes, in the fridge, at the bottom of trashcans and diaper pails. The cat litter soaks up odors—even musty ones from clothes pulled out of storage—but you’ll have to change it weekly or at least before it gets damp.
8. Store Newspaper in Plastic Containers to Keep Them Odor Free
Plastic containers absorb the smells of whatever you’ve stored in them, sometimes even long after washing the containers. Crumple up some newspaper pages and store them in the containers and you’ve got an odor-free container for your next use.
7. Remove Odors from Trash Cans and Fridges with Newspapers
Yup, newspapers again. Crumpled up newspaper can take the place of baking soda for deodorizing just about any container in your home—trashcans, shoes, and fridges could be considered containers of sorts.
6. Make Your Closet Smell Fresher with Chalk
Hang some chalk in your closet and the chalk will absorb moisture, which could cause your clothes to stink. That’s probably enough said.
5. Get the Smoke Smell Out of Clothes and Other Items with Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets to the rescue. If there are a few things you own with some lingering smoke odor on them, try putting then in Ziploc bags with a dryer sheet or two. For furniture and other smoke-tainted items, we’ve got other suggestions.
4. Get Rid of Garlic or Onion Smell on Your Hands by Rubbing Stainless Steel
So maybe you don’t have any of the odor issues above. Chances are, though, if you cook you’ll get some stinky garlic or onion smell on your hands. The quick solution: rub your hands with something that’s stainless steel—a spoon or even the edge of your sink—under cold water. Goodby lingering cooking smell.
3. Neutralize Body Odor with Baking Soda
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Don’t be embarrassed, halitosis affects many of us. But there’s lots you can do about it, from seeing if you have bad breath to fixing it with good-breath-friendly foods like cinnamon and good hygiene.
1. When in Doubt, Try Vinegar, Baking Soda, Newspapers, or Dryer Sheets
So many of the odor-busting tips we’ve featured over the years involve the same ingredients: vinegar, baking soda, newspapers, and dryer sheets. So you should probably have these items on hand to conquer most odor problems, inexpensively and naturally. (Vinegar removes mildew smells from towels and wet laundry, as well as many lingering food smells.) Unlike air fresheners, they don’t mask smells, but rather work to absorb moisture and neutralize the causes of these odors so both you and your home can smell fresh.