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Cost-Effective Ways to Clean and Remove Odors

April 21st, 2016 | by admin
Cost-Effective Ways to Clean and Remove Odors
Odor Removal

Everyone strives hard to maintain a clean and well-kept house. But no matter how much one tries to keep a house in a tip-top condition, there would always be these unavoidable bad odors that will definitely affect the overall cleanliness of the house. ­

When unpleasant smells reach one’s nose, the first thing that should be done is to identify what causes the stink. Sometimes, using an air freshener would be the first resort when bad smells are detected, but this will only mask the odor for a short period of time, and not totally eliminating it.

These foul odors usually come from garbage, kitchens, pets, laundry, dirty carpets, bathroom, and one can do some measures to eliminate them slowly.  There are plenty of ways to clean and remove odors by using simple home remedies. There are also odor removal professionals, but that’s going to be pricey, so might as well start doing the remedies on your own.

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Identify where the foul smell is coming from. Clean it with hot soapy water, or use an antibacterial cleaner or detergent for better results. Then, disinfect that portion by using water and vinegar. Fill a bowl with ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar, and then use this to clean the surface. After cleaning and disinfecting, allow air to dry the area. After successfully removing the source of odor and disinfecting it, use two tablespoons of cinnamon, some orange peels and simmer them in 4 cups of water. This will give off a fresh homey smell that will fill the whole house.



Pets, spilled foods, and beverages may cause the carpet to give off a foul smell. Vacuuming regularly can help, as well as baking soda, vinegar, and water. Sprinkle baking soda in small amounts over the carpet and allow it to stay overnight, and then vacuum it in the morning. For vinegar and water, apply a 50/50 mixture in smaller sections of the carpet.

Pet Urine

Pet Urine

Odors caused by pets, such as urine, are sometimes not easily found. To identify the area where the smell is coming from, use a black light since these body fluids from pets contain phosphorus, and black light emit ultraviolet rays that will make phosphorus glow. Turn off the lights and look over carpets using the black light, then the urinated part will be found. Once identified, blot the area using paper towels. Do not rub since doing so will only spread the stain. Using a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, apply it on the area and use paper towels to soak up the liquid after a few minutes. Sprinkle baking soda over the spot and let it stay for several hours to remove any remaining odor.


Smoke odor

For odors caused by smoke, opening windows and letting fresh air in would be an easy way to remove it. To freshen up the area, baking soda can be sprinkled over carpets and let it stay overnight for further absorption, then vacuum it in the morning. Cat litters can also help absorb odors. Fill a nylon stocking with cat litter, and place it in various areas to absorb more odor. When the buildup of smoke gets harder to handle, a heavy duty cleaning of furniture, carpets and washing of walls should be done. Ammonia can be used to clean and deodorize surfaces like walls and cupboards. Add 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cup of ammonia into a bucket and mix it. Use towels or old sheets to catch excess drips from the mixture and keep the floor dry.


Refrigerator odor

Removing old and expired food inside the refrigerator can be the first step in removing foul odors. Use a mixture of ¼ cup of baking soda and 4 cups of warm water to clean the insides and leave an open box of baking soda when cleaning is done. This keeps the refrigerator smelling fresh. To avoid odors from coming back, clean up spills immediately, seal leftovers tightly, and make sure the temperature is accurate to prevent spoiling.

Kitchen Sponge

Kitchen Sponge odor

Sponges are always used, and residues left on it can cause stinky smells. To remove them, simply run the sponge through the washing machine or on the top rack of the dishwasher. A gallon of water and 2/3 cup of bleach can also be used to soak the sponge in. It is common knowledge that kitchen sponges should be changed regularly since it is very prone to germs and bacteria.


Dishwasher smell

Using liquid dish soap and warm water clean the seals on the inside, as well as the trap. At the bottom part of the dishwater, pour white vinegar and leave it for 1 hour or so, then run a hot water cycle. Baking soda can also be sprinkled at the bottom, and run a hot water cycle after a few minutes.


Sink smell

A lot of materials go down the drain, which can really cause a stinky smell. Hair, toothpaste, body oils, soap, shampoo, and a lot more, which are used daily can accumulate and even clog, which will gather foul smell. First off, remove the hair strands that are clogging the drain by using tools. The P-Trap, which can cause odors through the accumulated grease, soap scum and other residues in it, should also be cleaned.

Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal Smell

Use cold running water while using the disposal and avoid pouring grease down the drain. Citrus peels can help keep the drain smelling fresh, so a few can be put down there. Freezing white vinegar in ice cube trays and running them through the disposal can also be a big help as it keeps the bacteria away and remove pieces of stuck food. Baking soda can also be poured down the drain and let it stay for a few hours before pouring it off with water.



The toilet needs to be cleaned on a daily basis. One way of cleaning will be by pouring a cup of household vinegar or bleach into the bowl and let it stand for a few minutes before scrubbing briskly and flushing. Remember to include the outer sides of the toilet, as well as the other parts.

By following these tips, foul odors at home can be remedied by using simple kitchen ingredients. However, if the above tips won’t work with stubborn odors, perhaps seeking the help of a professional can do although it will surely cost you a fortune. A clean house should always smell good, and these tips will surely be a big help.

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