Keeping up with a regular house cleaning schedule is always a great plan. But sometimes it may not be enough to get rid of some of the most persistent deep small resultants of everyday life activities.
While air fresheners do their job eliminating bad smells in the house, there are some concerns regarding its secondary effects, as they release volatile organic compounds into the air. We’ll show you 10 natural ways to remove odors from home and generally improve air quality.
#1 – Lemon juice
Lemon juice is not just for drinking or seasoning fish. Its properties make it an excellent and natural cleaner. It is also very effective at absorbing bad smells.
Your microwave is smelly and dirty, from all the stew of leftovers you’ve been heating for the past months?
Boil a quart of water together with a few lemon slices for several minutes, quickly wipe the interior and leave the microwave’s door open so it can air out. It’s done. Your microwave is now clean as new. You should definitely do this technique more often.
Want to thoroughly and properly clean the wood cutting board? Scrub them with a lemon dipped in salt. Stinky garbage disposal? Splash two cups of lemon juice and you’re done.
#2 – Onions
That’s right. Onions! You might think their strong smell is not very pleasant, but the truth is that they really do remove odors. And they’re notably efficient to use in basements.
So, if you need to freshen up your basement, just leave a sliced onion stand there over a day or two. The onion will absorb all the moisty odors and your basement will feel odorless.
#3 – Vinegar
How does vinegar remove odors? Because it contains acetic acid, making it a versatile cleaning item to get rid of smells on a multitude of surfaces in the home. Add white vinegar to your list of cleaning products, as it is as efficient as other products and way less toxic.
And if you don’t like its smell, don’t worry, because as soon as it dries, that smell completely disappears.
Also, apple cider vinegar is a great odor neutralizer, and especially useful if you need to remove odors that seed up from sewers and septic systems.
#4 – Baking soda
Like lemon juice and vinegar, baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) is also an exceptional odor neutralizer. And it can be used in a wide range of contexts. Here are a few:
Trash bins: sprinkling baking soda for more in-depth cleaning of your trash can is a very good idea, as it will remove the intense smell that the can have been absorbing for weeks.
Carpets: one of the downsides of using carpets is that they can easily absorb all kinds of smells. An hour or two before vacuuming your carpets, sprinkle baking soda over them to remove those odors. The exact same technique can also be used in mattresses and pet beds.
Sneakers: if when you lie on your sofa and take off your shoes to relax a bit, your living room becomes instantly impregnated by your stinky feet, it’s time to wash your shoes with baking soda.
Grab baking soda and sprinkle a bit, say a teaspoon, into the shoes and let them rest overnight. Oh, and washing your feet and changing your socks are also great ideas.
#5 – Bamboo charcoal
Charcoal is becoming very trendy, especially due to its use of beauty products. But it has been used in water filters for a long time, and it could also be used as an air purifier and smelly house remedy. Nowadays, bamboo charcoal bags are pretty common.
These are linen bags filled with high-density bamboo charcoal. Here’s how it works: the porous characteristic of the charcoal removes bacteria, pollutants, and allergens while absorbing moisture and preventing mold.
And you can just place the bag outside under direct sunlight to make the bamboo charcoal renovate itself.
#6 – Dryer sheets
Dryer sheets could be made recurring to only natural ingredients, and are very powerful at eliminating trash bin odors. All you need to do is place one or two in the trash bin and wait.
They’ll soak up the smell just like they soak your clothes’ static. Plus, their fresh scents will make your trash bin smell like… well, not a trash bin.
#7 – Coffee grounds
Did you know that you can get rid of that strong-smelling mixture that persists inside your fridge by simply placing a jar filled with leftover coffee grounds on the back of it? Give it a try!
#8 – Plants
Trees and plants work as an air purifier for the entire planet, so why not use them in your house for the same purpose? Besides, they work really well as decorative ornaments.
Here’s a list of plants that are known to be more efficient in eliminating air pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde: golden pothos, peace lily, boston fern, snake plant, english ivy, lady palm , dracaena, bamboo palm, dragon tree, and spider plant.
#9 – Salt Lamps
Salt lamps are made by placing a light bulb inside a large chunk of rose Himalayan salt and have become widely popular. They’re aesthetically pleasing and are a great way to create a relaxing environment.
There are some claims that the heat produced by the lamp makes the crystallized salt slowly evaporate and release negative ions, working as an “air clearer” and improving indoor air quality. This meets the assumptions of Halotherapy: the use of salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments and skin irritation.
Please note that more research is need regarding salt lamp’s health benefits. Though Halotherapy is a valid form of alternative medicine, it’s still unclear whether salt lamps produce meaningful amounts of ions.
#10 – Open your windows
Open your windows for a few hours during the day and let the air circulate. Even if its wintertime and is cold outside. That’s how you make your house smell good naturally and overall improve indoor air quality.
Don’t forget that even in urban areas, the outside air is less polluted than the inside’s: according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is considered one of the environmental health top concerns.