How To Get Rid of Odors Around Your Home

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Odors... yuck. They lurk everywhere and we want to get rid of them as soon as possible. I wanted to share some ways I get rid of them in my home.

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Let's start in our kitchen - smells from cooking, trash cans, garbage disposals, etc..

Microwave Odor-

To clean and deodorize your microwave, mix a little lemon juice in water.

Place it in your microwave and run for 5 minutes. You're microwave will be lemon fresh and easy to wipe out from the steam created.

General Kitchen Odors-

Cut an orange, add cinnamon sticks, and water to a small slow cooker. Plug in and let it simmer all day to fill your kitchen with pleasant smells. Make sure to check the water level occasionally as the water will cook out and you might need to add more.

Dishwasher odor -

Before washing your dishes, flip one of the dirty glasses upside down and add a cup of vinegar to it.

Place it on the top rack. Close and run your dishwasher as usual. Your dishwasher will come out smelling clean and vinegar also acts as a spot remover.

Smelly Garbage Disposal -

Cut up citrus of your choice - I'm using an orange from the simmering slow cooker from above - and place in your garbage disposal. Run the water and turn your garbage disposal on. Your garbage disposal will be smelling fresh in no time.

Trash Can Odor -

When putting a fresh bag in, add a little baking soda to the bottom to eat up those odors in your garbage can.

Musty Furniture -

Clean the furniture with a 1:10 ratio of vinegar to water.

After that dries, place a container of baking soda with the furniture to continue to absorb any left over odors.

Room Freshener -

Add a couple drops of essential oil on a light bulb when it's off and let it dry completely.

When you turn the light it will warm the essential oil and freshen the room.

Room Freshening Spray -

Fill a spray bottle with water and add a little baking vanilla to the bottle.

Use the spray in your rooms to give them a fresh vanilla smell.

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3 questions
  • Billie
    on Jul 21, 2019

    How do I get the bottom of my electric tea pot cleaned, looks like brown stains, thank you in advance, Billie

    • Sylvia Candler
      on Aug 4, 2019

      I use Oxyclean powder cleaner and hot water. Mix well and let sit for 20 minutes. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before using again. Works like a charm on tea pots, thermos bottles, water bottles, etc. Good luck!

  • Sadie
    on Jul 21, 2019

    How do I eliminate the odor from a fireplace that has for many years been a wood burning fireplace. Thank you!

    • Linda
      on Aug 7, 2019

      We put charcoal bricketts in the spring on paper plate for 3 months then repeat until using again.evens works in house for hard odors.

  • Catherine
    on Jul 28, 2019

    What can do do with a old mirror

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  • Lisa Sinclair
    on Jul 30, 2019

    Great ideas! Here's a alternative linen/ room spray. Use equal parts water and rubbing alcohol, add drops of essential oils ( I use 30 drops of lavender to a 8 oz bottle.) In the kitchen you could use any citrus oil,

  • Nandini
    2 hours ago

    I have a dresser that’s constantly musty smelling. I have emptied the dressers and let it air out but the smell always returns, cannot use any wet spray. Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      28 minutes ago

      I recommend putting a container of baking soda in the drawers and let that sit there for a week. Keep changing it out... sometimes the stubborn smells take a bit to get rid of. You can also put an air freshener in there to help fight the odor. I just purchased a car that had an extreme smoker in it before us. It has taken 6 months of work but I now have the smell out.

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