How to Remove Household Odors

Household odors from cooking, kids, pets, bathrooms, and guests can accumulate. Get rid of them with some simple remedies.

You will need

  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic containers with perforated lids
  • Lemon juice
  • Mineral oil
  • Sponges
  • Food-grade hydrogen peroxide
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Activated charcoal
  • Salt (optional) (optional)
  • Lemon wedges (optional) (optional)

Step 1 Dispose of offenders Remove anything growing fur or moss that is not a pet or a house plant.

Step 2 Absorb stink Place open boxes of baking soda in the fridge to absorb stinky food odors. To absorb cigarette smoke and other smells throughout the house, place a few drops of lemon, orange, or peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball, and place in a container with a perforated lid.

Step 3 Scour cutting boards and counters Scour wooden chopping blocks with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda or salt. Season with mineral oil.

Step 4 Sanitize surfaces Sanitize countertops and other surfaces by sponging them down with a mixture of one part 35 percent food-grade hydrogen peroxide to 11 parts water.

Step 5 Clean microwave To deodorize your microwave, mix 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 cup water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Run the microwave on high for two to three minutes. Wipe the inside.

Step 6 Clean cat litter Rid your home of cat smells. Empty the litter box, pour in an inch of white vinegar, and add baking soda and water. Let it soak for a few minutes, give it a good scrub, and rinse and dry. Soak, scrub, and add baking soda on the bottom before refilling.

Step 7 Deodorize toilet and drains Scrub the toilet bowl with vinegar. Pour a ½ cup of bleach and a ½ cup of water down drains to prevent unwanted odors.

Step 8 Use activated charcoal Fill containers with activated charcoal and place in areas affected by mold and mildew. Take a deep breath, and enjoy the clean-smelling air!