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Freshen Up: Effective Ways To Remove Bad Odors

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Freshen Up: Effective Ways To Remove Bad Odors

Cleaning Products That Help Eliminate Odors

There are a variety of cleaning products that can help eliminate odors in your home. Here are some of the most effective options:

  • Baking soda – Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. Sprinkle it on carpets, let it sit for 15-30 minutes, and then vacuum up. It can also be placed in refrigerators, freezers, and trash cans to absorb odors.

  • White vinegar – White vinegar is another potent natural cleaning solution for removing odors. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water and use it to clean countertops, floors, windows, and other surfaces. The acidic vinegar cuts through grease and neutralizes odors.

  • Hydrogen peroxide – As a bleach-free alternative, hydrogen peroxide is great for disinfecting and deodorizing. Use it diluted on hard surfaces. Be sure to spot test first as it can discolor some materials. The bubbling action helps lift stains and odors.

  • Enzymatic cleaners – Enzyme cleaners work by breaking down odor molecules. They are especially effective at eliminating pet odors, vomit odors, and smells from mold and mildew. Use them on carpets, bedding, upholstery, and clothing.

  • Odor eliminating sprays – Look for odor eliminating sprays containing ingredients like limonene (from citrus) or oxyclean (sodium percarbonate). Spray on fabrics and soft surfaces like carpets, mattresses, and upholstery. Allow to dry fully before using.

Tips for Deodorizing Specific Areas and Surfaces

Here are some tips for conquering odors in key areas around the home:


  • Open windows, run vent fan while cooking to prevent odors from building up
  • Clean stove hood filter regularly
  • Place bowls of baking soda or white vinegar in fridge and freezer
  • Scrub sink with baking soda and vinegar paste weekly


  • Install exhaust fan if don’t have one
  • Pour baking soda or bleach down drains weekly
  • Clean shower curtain and replace if gets musty
  • Place open box of baking soda in room to absorb moisture

Carpet and Upholstery

  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery regularly using odor fighting formulas
  • Spot clean stains quickly
  • Sprinkle baking soda and let sit before vacuuming
  • Use carpet deodorizing powders/sprays and let dry fully before walking on

Garbage Cans

  • Empty trash frequently, don’t allow to overflow
  • Sprinkle baking soda in bottom of cans absorbs smells
  • Spray vinegar inside cans to disinfect
  • Place dryer sheets or charcoal bags in bottom of cans

Preventing Odors

The best way to keep your home smelling fresh is to prevent odors in the first place. Here are some key odor prevention tips:

  • Clean regularly – Regular vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and cleaning keeps odor causing bacteria, mold, and mildew at bay.

  • Ventilate – Open windows, run fans, and ventilate to allow fresh air to circulate.

  • Store food properly – Keep refrigerated food cold. Toss moldy or spoiled produce. Store food in airtight containers.

  • Clean lint traps – Clean dryer and vent duct lint traps so lint doesn’t build up and get musty.

  • Fix leaks – Detect and repair leaks quickly since moisture allows mold and mildew to grow.

  • Wash linens – Wash sheets, towels, shower curtains regularly to prevent odors from sweat and dirt.

  • Empty trash – Take out trash frequently so it doesn’t have time to get smelly.

With some diligent cleaning, strategic product use, and odor prevention you can keep unwanted smells from building up and refreshing your home. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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