8 All-Natural Deodorizers You Can Use At Home
Are you still using artificial air fresheners to get rid of unpleasant odors? Try these safe, all-natural, and affordable deodorizers that smell so much better!
So you just cooked a mean pot of kare kare that wowed your guests, but when the smell of simmering peanut sauce and sautéed bagoong lingers in your home long after dinner is over, then you have a problem that your culinary prowess can’t solve.
But cooking isn’t the only thing that can cause unwanted odors in your home. Pets, cigarette smoke, and garbage cans can also cause bad smells. After getting rid of the source of the foul odor, here are some all-natural home deodorizers you can try—and even DIY!
Dip cotton balls in essential oils and place them in small bowls. Put the bowls on side tables, shelves, and other corners of your home.
Make a fragrant stew
Got a slow cooker? Put in natural scents such as cinnamon, vanilla extract, orange peels, cloves, and mint. Cover with water. Cook uncovered for about eight hours, stirring every so often, and your whole house will smell heavenly.
Baking soda is your BFF
Mix one part baking soda to one part cornstarch in a bowl. Add about 10 drops of essential oil and use a spoon to mix it thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a mason jar with holes poked on the cover. Once in a while, you may need to add more essential oil to the mix.
DIY bathroom spray
In the bathroom, a spray bottle with vinegar and baking soda is your best bet. Combine one part vinegar with four parts water and use the mixture to spray the toilet, ridding the bathroom of foul odor.
Wake up to the smell of coffee
The strong scent of fresh coffee grounds overpowers any unpleasant smell. Head to a coffee shop near you to score coffee grounds for free, and pour them into pretty bowls when you get home. Spread them out in various rooms and areas. You can also place coffee grounds in an old, clean sock to hang in the bathroom or in cabinets.
Try old-fashioned charcoal
Go old school and deal with a funky-smelling refrigerator by putting in some pieces of charcoal. You’ll find that it works for other rooms in the house, too.
Grow some herbs
Herbs—especially the ones that you grow in your own garden—do more than just add flavor to your favorite dishes. If you’ve got some to spare, cut out some fresh sprigs and place in small vases. They not only make a pretty centerpiece, they also give the air a fresh aroma.
Plants can help deodorize, too
Look for indoor plants that help improve indoor air quality. These include aloe vera, snake plant, Boston plant, and spider plant, among others. Here’s a bonus: most of them are low-maintenance.
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