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7 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Household Odors

Don’t you hate it when you step through your front door or into a room, and rather than being enveloped by a fresh, pleasant scent, a foul odor that assaults the senses smacks you in the face. I don’t know about you, but when this happens to me, my body immediately switches to autopilot mode – I stop in my tracks, my nose wrinkles in distaste and my eyes flit around the space, while these three questions float around my mind: “What is that smell?”; “Where is it coming from?”; and “How the heck do I get rid of it?!”

Green Tea for Cat Litter Boxes

Dry green tea leaves work like magic in reducing those unwelcome scents from the cat “john." Break open a few bags and sprinkle the loose leaves into the box. Fluffy will also appreciate a more sanitary scented restroom.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Drains

Your upper GI isn't the only plumbing that apple cider vinegar works wonders on. It also blasts away yucky odors that seep up from sewers and septic systems. Pour a half cup down any drain and send unpleasant smells back where they belong.

Vanilla Extract for Freezers

Here's one cool odor fix to freshen up your ice box. Soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract, then swipe it around the inside of your freezer. Voila! The scent of fresh ice cream instantly replaces the reek of leftover meat.

Onions for Storage Areas

After a hard rain, deploy an onion to absorb mold and mildew odors. Just slice one down the middle and let it sit in the storage area overnight. By morning, your eyes may tear—though not from the onion, but from the joy of an odor-free storage!

Coffee Grounds for the Fridge

If your meat locker stinks like a gym locker, fill a nylon stocking with coffee grounds and toss it inside the back of the fridge. The invigorating scent of java overpowers odors from fish, cheese, and other harsh-scented foods.

Baking Soda for Sneakers

Don’t ditch your barely worn sneakers just because your nose is ready to run for the hills. Sprinkle baking soda inside each one and let them sit overnight. In the morning, tap the powder off outside and the stenches will be shooed away

House Plants for Rooms

Once you've cleared out the stench, liven up your home's ambient aroma with houseplants. Scented geraniums and Arabian Jasmines are two varieties that come highly recommended for their odoriferous scents

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