No one likes to open the refrigerator or walk into the shoe closet and discover that it just doesn’t smell good. There’s no hiding it—smells accumulate quickly and sometimes without noticing at first.
Here are some great home hacks for fighting the stink so you, your family, and your guests can breathe easier.
Believe it or not, not everyone does this. Keeping an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator will absorb odors, but you’re going to want to replace it whenever necessary—at least every three months.
You can also add a few inches of baking soda to a shallow bowl. Leave the bowl in the room(s) that smell for a few days to absorb the stench.
If you’re working with a surface that’s stinky, mix vinegar with baking soda and wash the surface until the smell is gone. Speaking of vinegar…
A bowl of vinegar—much like the bowl of baking soda—can remove a smell from a room, but if you have a smell that’s working its way through your home, there’s another solution. Simmering a cup of white vinegar on the stove top will naturalize the smell. Your home might smell like vinegar for a little while, but this will go away, as will the smell you wanted to get rid of.
Likewise, you can spray a mixture of vinegar and water to use as a natural air freshener—go with a 1:1 ratio here. If vinegar is a little to harsh-smelling for you, you might want to give lemons a try.
If you have a stinky garbage disposal, throw some lemon quarters in it. Grind them up to remove formed odors and enjoy the new lemony scent that will follow.
Like simmering vinegar on the stove, you can add three cut/sliced lemons to water and boil it for up to 5 minutes to remove lingering odors. You can then take that water and strain it (after it cools) and dissolve baking soda (ratio of water to baking soda is 1:1/4), using it as an air freshener in a spray bottle.
If you subscribe to a local newspaper (support your favorite local paper by subscribing) and aren’t sure what to do after you’re done reading it, you’ll love this.
Crumple up some newspaper and put it in the fridge to clear up any accumulating smells! This also works in closed spaces like shoes, drawers, containers, and more. This one is great for containers—just add in the crumbled paper and recycle it when you’re done.
What are your favorite home hacks for removing odors? Let us know in the comments!
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.