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Eliminating Household Odors

August 12, 2012

Cleaning my home is one thing, but getting rid of odors can sometimes be a tough thing to do!  Here are some ways to remove odors and keep your home smelling as fresh as it is clean:

Since baking soda neutralizes pH levels, which cuts through bad smells, sprinkle it in places like trash cans, shoes, clothing, litter boxes, carpets, and even hampers. 

Believe it or not, white vinegar is also used to neutralize many of the same odors as baking soda.  Instead of keeping an open box of baking soda in the fridge, place an open cup of vinegar in there instead.  In fact, an open cup or bowl of vinegar can be left in any room where you want to eliminate odor.  

Believe it or not, oats can eliminate odors too.  Leave a bowl out and odors will soon fade away! 

For the coffee lovers out there, coffee can reduce odors in things that belong to smokers, like cars and furniture.

Lemon juice is great for neutralizing food smells like garlic and fish.  Rub some lemon juice over the cutting board when cleaning, or rub some lemon juice on your hands after chopping garlic!  Adding a couple teaspoons of lemon juice with the water to your humidifier will keep it smelling fresh.  Throw some lemon peels in your garbage disposal to keep odors at bay. 

Bring a pot of water and cinnamon to a boil and let the sweet smelling steam remove odors throughout your kitchen.

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