I usually use some sort of air fresheners, like potpourri, or even those plug in oil diffusers. I also love scented candles and wax warmers. My favorite scents are those that remind me of yummy baked goods like fresh apple pie or buttercream frosting. These scents are comforting and just remind me of spending time at my Grandma's house when I was little.
Another thing I do to help reduce odors is vacuum very regularly. With 2 toddlers and 2 dogs, there are loads of things that end up on my floor and furniture. Whether it's dog hair or cookie crumbs, these things when accumulated can produce a not so appealing funk.
I am also a huge fan of natural cleaners, like baking soda and vinegar. (Not together, of course!) I have found that these non-toxic pantry staples clean just as well as chemical-laden cleaners and also help combat bad odors, especially in the kitchen and the bathrooms. Baking soda is a great stain remover, too!
We're about to buy our first home in my hometown in Ohio and we plan to stop odors in their tracks before they become an issue. I just learned about the brand new Filtrete Odor Reduction Filters, and I am very excited to give them a try.
- 65 times more effective than other carbon filters at removing odors
- Lasts up to three months for odor removal and particle capture from the air passing through the filter
- Helps reduce airborne allergens from the air passing through the filter, such as household dust, pollen, dust mite debris and mold spores
- Helps maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which may help prevent stress on the system and reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the home this summer
Solution: Forgotten leftovers can cause a foul odor in your fridge. Clean the fridge drawers and shelves by adding a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda and stir until it creates a thick paste. This will remove odors as well as stains left behind from food. Also store an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to help eliminate odors before they start, and replace it with a fresh box at least every three months.
Source: Pests and repellants
Solution: Pesky ants and other insects can make their way into your kitchen pantry when they’re on a mission to find food, but dousing them and your kitchen’s surfaces in toxic repellent isn’t a healthy solution for the home or the family. Instead, set a line of coffee grinds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an
effective barrier they won’t cross.
Solution: Prevent unappealing cooking odors, such as fish, from spreading and lingering throughout the entire home by upgrading to the Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter. It traps odors and gases from the air passing through the filter and helps keep the home fresh for families and house guests. Synthetic air fresheners, candles and incense only provide
temporary relief from odors by masking them in one particular room but will do nothing to remove the odors from the entire home.
Source: Damp towels
Solution: Wet towels from a shower, a trip to the gym or a day at the pool can be a breeding ground for mildew to develop if they sit too long without drying. To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat. To avoid mildew and associated smells in the future, hang towels up right away to ensure they dry thoroughly.
Solution: Furry companions are considered family members to many — 72 percent of American households today own either a dog or a cat. Reduce the unpleasant smell of pet dander by bathing and grooming your pet weekly and establishing pet-free zones in the home, such as the bedroom.
Solution: Instead of trying to mask the odors with store-bought air fresheners, create your own air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil — such as lavender or eucalyptus — with two cups of water. Many air fresheners may sway you with the scents of fresh cut grass, warm vanilla or tropical fruits, but they can contain synthetic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes, skin and throats.