No matter how much you clean there are always sources of unpleasant odors around the house that you want to get rid of. It could be a trash can, the refrigerator, the drain, clothes or your own hands. There are easy and cheap ways to get rid of bad smells. You will most likely already have what you need at home. Vinegar, coffee, baking soda, lemon juice and panty hose are all you need!
To eliminate bad odors on cutting boards simply sprinkle on some baking soda and pour on some vinegar, let it sit for a minute, then scrub with a sponge and rinse.
Sponge or Dish Cloth
Pour boiling water over your sponge or dish cloth and let it sit in the sink, you may also add some vinegar. This will disinfect and deodorize it.
Soak a paper towel in vinegar and put it into the lunch box. Let it sit overnight.
Mix one cup of water with the juice of a lemon or a spoonful of cinnamon and microwave until it boils. This will not only take out odors but it will loosen dirt so it is easy to wipe down and clean.
Drains and Garbage Disposal
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and then one cup of vinegar down the drain. This will fizz as it loosens the grime inside of the drain. After a few minutes add more vinegar and then rinse with hot water. If you do this at least once a month, you will not only eliminate bad smells but you will also prevent clogs.
Bad Smell on Hands
If your hands have an unpleasant odor after cutting onions or garlic, simply run cold tap water over them and rub your wet hands on something that is stainless steel. The faucet, a utensil or the sink itself will do. For less aggressive smells try rubbing your hands with lemon juice and salt.
Books and Magazines
There are two ways to deodorize books or magazines. You can place activated charcoal or activated carbon in the bottom of a storage bin and place your books on a rack above the charcoal. Close the lid and let it sit for a night. Another way is to cut dryer sheets in half and place them inside of each book for a few days.
Clothes and Washer
Wash clothes and add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle or add household borax to the wash cycle. This will also help deodorize the washer.
To get rid of bad smells in closets you should make sure that there is some air flow by decluttering, then vacuum and dust. Make a sachet out of old pantyhose and fill it with fresh coffee grounds or baking soda. Place or hang sachets in your closet to help neutralize odors. You can also place dryer sheets on shelves and in drawers.
Give your refrigerator a good cleaning with vinegar, also washing down condiment bottles and items that may need to be cleaned. Place a cup with coffee grounds or baking soda on the bottom shelf and replace it every month or so.
Wash out the trash can, rinsing it with vinegar. Pour a little baking soda and place a dryer sheet at the bottom before adding a trash bag.
Odors in the Air
To remove bad smells from smoke and cooking, simply mix equal parts of water and vinegar and let it sit out. You can also use this mixture in a spray bottle and mist the air. Another way to neutralize smells in the air is to boil water with lemon, vinegar, cinnamon or cloves. This will eliminate bad odors and cinnamon or cloves will add a pleasant aroma.
Using non-toxic household items is not only a way to practice green cleaning but it is convenient and inexpensive.
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