Let's face it. Houses can stink. With the scent of dirty laundry, or perhaps last night's fish dinner or the kids' bedrooms, with heaven knows what science project growing in there, houses can really stink. Nobody likes bad odors filling their homes, but store-bought air fresheners can get pricey. You don't need to spend a lot of money to freshen up your home! With these surprising household deodorizers that come from Mother Nature, and are probably already in your house, you can save money and keep your home smelling fresher.
How to Make Your Own Air Fresheners
What You Need:
Distilled White Vinegar
Small Glass Jar
Swatch Of Fabric
Bounty Paper Towels
1. To make one of the easiest DIY air fresheners, simply place a few drops of your favorite essential oil scent on the inside of a new Bounty paper towel roll. When the tube gets rolled, the oil will give off the scent.
2. For spray-style homemade air fresheners, fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of an essential oil. Give the bottle a shake and use a few spritzes to freshen up your rooms or furniture. Experiment with different oils until you get a scent you really love.
3. For an easy odor fix, use oranges or vinegar. Place orange peels into a bowl and carefully pour boiling water over them. Let them sit for a couple hours, then strain the water, leaving a nice, fresh scent. Peeling from lemons or any citrus fruits peels will work great too. You can also place a bowl full of vinegar on your countertop overnight. In the morning, the vinegar will have absorbed the odors.
4. You can make simple and decorative odor removers as well. Fill a sachet with homemade potpourri or create one with a small glass jar and baking soda. Wash and dry a baby food jar or any other small glass jar. Cover the top of the jar with a small square of fabric and tie it in place with a ribbon. Poke several pinholes in the fabric with a sewing pin. You can reuse the jar by replacing the baking soda every couple of months. You can also add a few drops of essential oils for a hint of fragrance.
How to Make Every Room Smell Great
Some rooms, like your kitchen at the end of a busy week of cooking every night, might have a lingering funk. With homemade air fresheners, you can fill every room of your house with all-natural fragrances.
What You Need:
Citrus Fruit Peels
Homemade Potpourri Sachet
Bounty Paper Towels
If you've taken out the garbage and washed the dirty dishes, what's causing that stink in your kitchen? If you have a garbage disposal, the smell is probably coming from the sink. Here are two ways to eliminate the odors naturally. Use these steps at least once a week to keep your kitchen smelling fresh and clean.
1. Dissolve the odor-causing food pieces in your garbage disposal. Measure 1 cup of baking soda and pour it directly into the sink drain above the disposal. Measure 1 cup of white vinegar, and pour it over the baking soda. You will hear a fizzing sound and may see foam rise into the sink. This is normal. The chemical reaction sanitizes the sink drain and helps break apart lingering food pieces. After 20 minutes, rinse the baking soda and vinegar away with hot water. This alone will eliminate kitchen odors.
2. Freshen up the kitchen by using citrus fruit peels. You can use skins from oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes. Chop the peels into small, approximately 1" X 1" squares, so they can easily fit inside the garbage disposal. Make sure the garbage disposal is turned off.
3. Pour approximately 1 cup of citrus fruit peels into the drain. Turn on the cold water and the garbage disposal. The citrus peels release a pleasant fragrance while the oils help clean the disposal and reduce odors. Once the peels have been pulverized and washed away, turn off the water and the garbage disposal.
Another notorious bad odor spot is the trash can. Sprinkle some fresh baking soda in the bottom of your can each time you change the bag to help absorb odors.
Placing a smaller bowl full of vinegar in your microwave overnight will freshen up in there as well. Don't worry about the strong smell of vinegar. The vinegar smell goes away quickly, leaving only the smell of a freshly cleaned kitchen. Vinegar also works for musty closets, cabinets or other small spaces.
1. Using vinegar to cut grease in the kitchen is effective. Put vinegar inside a spray bottle and use it as you would a commercial cleaner. Again, the odor of vinegar quickly dissipates, leaving only a clean kitchen.
2. If you have a stubborn stain, prepare a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to clean it up; it’s a homemade oxygen cleaner. Mix baking soda and peroxide until it forms a stiff paste. Using Bounty paper towels, scrub the paste to cut through tough, greasy stains or to brighten a dull, hazy countertop.
3. Finish freshening up your kitchen by wiping the sink and counters with Bounty paper towels!
Using vinegar in the laundry will cut stubborn odors from your clothing. Add a cup full of vinegar to each load to make your clothes look brighter and smell fresher. You may not even need a fabric softener since the vinegar also has water-softening properties, making the clothes feel softer and cleaner.
1. To knock out bad odors in your laundry basket, fill a sachet with homemade potpourri and place it in the bottom of the basket.
2. Tea tree oil has many uses, not only medically, but as a cleaner too. Mixing about 10-20 drops with your laundry detergent will brighten up your clothes and leave laundry smelling better and looking brighter. It's even used in many commercial household deodorizers and cleaners because of its freshening and whitening powers. Adding about 20 drops of tea tree oil to your cleaning products will also boost their odor killing and cleaning effectiveness.
Peroxide alone, inside a spray bottle, will deodorize your bathroom. It kills germs that cause odors without leaving behind a fog of chemicals.