Despite your best cleaning efforts, it can be tough to remove all traces of odor from your home from cooking, cleaning, pets, etc. If you want to end smelly house odors for good, I have some natural remedies that help and can get your home better prepped, especially before your guests arrive.
Kitchen Tricks That Prevent Smelly House Odors
Cooking fish always seems to leave its mark with an unwanted lingering stench. Frying fish makes that smell even worse. Of course, you may already soak your fish in milk or lemon juice to help, but nothing really seems to be that effective. However, you don’t have to live with that smelly house odor. What you do is pour about equal portions of white vinegar with about the same amount of water in a saucepan to boil while preparing fish solves this frustrating problem once and for all.
Just as offensive is cooking cabbage and any cruciferous vegetables for the smelly house odors it leaves behind. Cooking up vinegar and water at the same time while cooking any cruciferous vegetable helps to counteract that strong sulfur smell. To me, this trick works better than adding lemon to the water that you cook them in. You might find simmering something delicious with cinnamon on your stove such as my DIY holiday air freshener recipe helps clear the air to end smelly house odors as well.
Trash cans can become stinky quickly for the one in your kitchen to those you have outside. To end smelly house odors, make sure to treat them to some hot soapy water to clean out any lingering fermenting food and related rubbish. Afterwards, line your indoor trash can with a fresh plastic bag. For the outdoor trash can, dump in some kitty litter that has activated charcoal helps control the odors more.
Tricks for Rescuing a Stinky Bathroom
You can use chlorine bleach or a similar product to add to your toilet bowl to deodorize it, but a natural remedy to kill germs and freshen it is with one cup of white vinegar. What I like to do is to dump that amount in and let it sit for about a half hour while I do something else before coming back to give it a brisk scrub and flushing.
Another inexpensive trick to help keep your bathroom smelling fragrant is using healthier essential oils over some of the more expensive scented air fresheners that are filling your air with nothing more than chemicals. I like to use a few cotton balls and load them up with an essential oil like lavender or rose and leave them in a decorative open container in the bathroom so their natural fragrances can offer aromatherapy instead of merely perfuming the air.
If you have a closet that has a mildew smell to it, I have a few remedies that help. First you wash it with sudsy water and dry it before leaving a newly opened can of coffee somewhere in that closet. The coffee aroma seems to absorb the mildew odor and replaces that stench with the welcoming scent of coffee.
Another suggestion for any closet that has a mildew smell is substituting a dish or container with activated charcoal to place inside. This also will work to end smelly house odors caused from mildew.
A smarter way to keep healthier, beautiful smelling air circulating through your house is placing a few drops of your favorite essential oil on your air filter or air vents to end smelly house odors. I use lavender or bergamot and find the scent helps everyone’s mood and keeps freshening the air naturally.
Smelly Pet Solutions
Our pets get into all sorts of escapades when outdoors. For those times they return inside smelling unpleasant, there is not always time to give them a bath. Therefore, you can freshen up your dog or cat’s coat without much trouble before they circulate their stench through the house.
What I do is to grab some baking soda and sprinkle some into the fur to give them a dry pet shampoo. Make sure to rub the baking soda in thoroughly, then brushing it out. This natural remedy helps deodorize your pet without harming them with any toxic chemical.
If you didn’t get to your pets on time and they already rolled on your carpet, scenting it with that new foul scent in the process, you can deodorize the carpet in the same way. I dump the baking soda over the area and wait about 30-45 minutes. This amount of time is enough for it to soak up the odor. All that is left for me to do is sweeping the residue with the vacuum cleaner that contains my diy cinnamon room freshener. I treat the bag with cinnamon bark oil. Adding just a drop to the bag of the vacuum cleaner helps infuse that delicious scent of cinnamon and spread it throughout the house.
These house odors solving tips may not cover every possible smell that could be in your home, but hopefully can be enough to make your house a more pleasant place to live.