Have you noticed unpleasant smells in your home even after cleaning it? You may have considered getting some air fresheners from the store. However, many of these products only work to mask the smells instead of removing them completely.
Luckily, there are natural alternatives that will effectively eliminate bad odors from the air—the best thing is that you may already have them at home. Here, we’ll share with you five natural options to keep your house smelling fresh!
Option #1. Baking Soda
Baking soda works as a cooking aid and also a powerful cleaner against grease, but did you know it is also an effective deodorizer?
Using baking soda to remove bad odors is super easy! Just pour some on a shallow plate and place it inside appliances that can constantly foster weird smells (like a fridge). Odors will be gone in the span of one to three days, while the deodorizing action can last up to three months.
You can also spread baking soda at the bottom of your trash can to keep bad smells at bay or combine it with essential oils for a DIY air freshener that doubles as a deodorizer.
Option #2. White Vinegar
Just as baking soda, vinegar’s capabilities extend beyond the kitchen and cleaning, as it can neutralize bad odors, too!
Remove bad smells from your appliances by placing inside them a bowl filled with vinegar—simple as that! If you want to lessen the impact of vinegar in your nostrils, mix equal parts of it and water in the bowl to dilute it.
Vinegar’s deodorizing effect works faster than baking soda (you can notice it after a few hours), but the overall reaction only lasts for one to three days as it evaporates. So be sure to change it when needed.
Option #3. Simmer pot
Also called stovetop potpourri, simmer pots are recipes that give your rooms a fresh and pleasant smell thanks to the combination of various smells.
For this recipe, you’ll need one sliced orange, two cinnamon sticks, half a cup of fresh cranberries, and one tablespoon of whole cloves. Add all these ingredients to a small pot, which you’ll need to fill with water until it’s just one inch shy of the rim.
Place the pot on your stove until it boils, and then reduce it to low heat. The steam will distribute the smell through the house for as long as you let the mix simmer on the stove. You can also pour some of the water into a bowl if you want to carry the smell to a specific room.
Option #4. Houseplants
One of the easiest ways to make your home smell great (while also giving your home a look that can boost your mood) is by decorating it with some indoor plants.
Plants like mint, lavender, jasmine, and begonia will imbue the air in your home with nice fragrances, making your place feel fresher and cozier. Also, you can include plants that are known for their air-purifying properties, like spider plants, peace lilies, and English ivy.
Option #5. Teabags
As surprising as it seems, teabags are one of your best natural allies to combat odors in enclosed spaces. The musty odor that can form in your drawers, closets, and even shoes is caused by humidity, which teabags can help you deal with.
Depending on the size of the space you want to deodorize, place a container or bowl inside it with five to ten teabags. Teabags will not only absorb moisture but also fill the air with the herbs’ scent. Change the bags every week so they can keep absorbing moisture.
Make sure your home always smells great!
All in all, not even the best odor absorbers will help you if your home is not constantly clean. Shine Bright Cleaning Services offers you various packages that guarantee your home will look spotless and smell fresh every time we visit you. Ask for your free quote now!