Watching your budget? When times are tough, families often turn to low cost alternatives for home cleaning supplies and more. Lucky for those of us looking to trim costs, nature provides us with all sorts of products that can remove odors naturally while leaving our homes and laundry with a fresh, clean smell. Using natural products in your home is better for the environment, healthier for your family, and can save money as well.
Low cost, yet natural household items such as baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar, borax, vanilla and boiling water are just a few of low cost natural items with odor fighting abilities. Here’s some of the ways in which we eliminate household odors in our home the natural way.
1. Baking soda is one of those miracle products that can eliminate all sorts of odors throughout the home. Baking soda helps neutralize the acids in urine soaked rugs, can deodorize a refrigerator or trash can, and keep carpets and sport totes smelling fresh and clean. When our sons were teens, we sprinkled baking soda liberally in their shoes and closets to keep that nasty foot odor under control.
2. A gallon or so of boiling water will kill odor-causing bacteria trapped beneath the rims of your sinks and bathtub of your home. Boiling water also works well to eliminate odors in cloth diapers.
3. Lemon juice makes a great surface cleaner for kitchen and bathroom cleaners while leaving your home with a fresh lemony scent. To remove lingering odor from beneath the toilet when it meets up with the floor, I’ll mix up a tablespoon of lemon juice with one cup of water in a spray bottle to spritz around the base. Lemon juice also helps remove onion and garlic odor from your hands.
4. Borax. When my sons were teens, they tended to overdo it with deodorant which left a heavy odor in both their clothes and our home. To neutralize lingering body odors, a cup of borax added to the wash worked wonders. Line drying in the sun also kept their clothes smelling sweet and fresh.
5. Vanilla. This simple trick is ones that realtors use when showing a home that smells a bit on the stale side. A dollop of vanilla placed on top of a light bulb (which is then switched “on”) leaves an entire house smelling like fresh baked cookies.
6. Vinegar is another all purpose floor and surface cleaner that I’ll use throughout my home. Vinegar has odor fighting properties that can eliminate odor on kitchen appliances, kitchen and bathroom counters and dirty floors. A vinegar rinse will also help eliminate odor in a washing machine.
7. A thorough airing out. Four to six hours of sunlight will naturally bleach and deodorize dingy and stale clothes, sleeping bags, seat cushions, scatter rugs, vinyl lunch sacks and other textiles found throughout the home. Opening the windows of your home can also help remove both cooking odors and stale household odors; to move the air through your home effectively, place a couple of box fans in the windows facing out to draw out that stale indoor air and replace it with fresh.