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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4 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

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Jul 21, 2019

      I recommend using alka seltzer. You can find my tutorial about it here -

    • Robyn Garner
      on Jul 25, 2019

      You can put salt and ice into the kettle and shake vigorously. Should remove the stains for you.

    • 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!

    • Nandini
      on Oct 10, 2019

      oxyclean, works like a charm, let it soak at least 30min, be sure to rinse really well

    • Sandra Robinson
      on Dec 31, 2019

      I have the Bunn coffee maker with the thermal carafe that gets dark stains. I fill with hot water then drop a couple polident tablets in it and let it sit for an hour or so. I don't have to worry about any harsh chemicals I might not get out completely since they are use for false teeth and they go in your mouth.

  • 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!

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Jul 21, 2019

      Pour some vinegar into some bowls and place into the fireplace area and let stay there for a day. You can also place baking soda in the fire place to absorb the smell. You might need to refresh and repeat a while until you get rid of the smell.

    • CJ
      on Jul 21, 2019

      Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned. The odor comes from soot. Then Chas' recommendations will help with lingering odor.

    • Robyn Garner
      on Jul 25, 2019

      I agree that the fireplace must be professionally cleaned. It's not soot that stinks, it's the creosote stuck inside the chimney. Nothing will cover that stench.

    • 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

  • Tina Vargecko Long
    on Jan 1, 2020

    What can you use to g

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  • Stuart Onsrud
    on Sep 4, 2019

    Charcoal works

  • Gabrielle Falk
    on Nov 5, 2019

    If I want to get rid of 'un-wanted' odours in the microwave - ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS - put a quartered lemon (lime, or orange - just so long as it is citrus - NOT citrus oil, but fresh citrus) in a micro-wave proof dish. + some water to cover the lemon (etc.), and nuke for about 20 minutes. Tip that lemony water down the sink - which will also help to deodorise the drain, as well as trying to keep grease at bay. Make sure that there is no condensation in the microwave. Because that will, inevitably cause rust.

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