A clean home really shouldn't smell like anything; it should
have the unsullied, pure feeling of a fresh breeze. Of course,
if you actually live in your house, you know that a dizzying
array of scents waft through the air at any given time --
your seafood medley pasta dinner, your spouse's favorite (and
three-day-old) t-shirt, your daughter's cheerleading
backpack, and, of course, Rover.
Baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice are the "three
musketeers" of any natural cleaning regimen.
How to get that "unlived-in" scent to your very-lived-in
home? It's simple with these incredibly effective, and safe,
remedies to remove all types of bad smells from common household
One aside, remember that a truly "clean" home should
not smell like an artificial pine tree or giant lemon, either.
These scents come from harsh cleaning supplies that often
toxic ingredients. Cleaning products from toilet bowl
cleaners to spray cleaners to laundry detergents have been
linked to cancer, reproductive problems and damage to the
central nervous system, so you're best off avoiding them entirely.
Top Natural Methods to Remove Odors
Use baking soda. Put it in your drains or sprinkle
it on your carpets or upholstery (let it sit for 15 minutes,
then vacuum it up) for a natural deodorizer. If someone
in your home smokes, you can also put baking soda in the
bottom of ashtrays to help absorb the odor, or right into
are another natural deodorizer. Rub them on your cutting
boards and put the peels (chopped up into small pieces)
into your garbage disposal to freshen it up (you can also
use grapefruit, lime or orange peels for this purpose).
Freshen the air and your drains with vinegar.
Vinegar combined with baking soda is a powerful freshener
for drains. You can also put vinegar into a spray bottle
and use it as a natural air freshener (the vinegar evaporates
and the "vinegary" smell goes away too). Or,
put a cup of vinegar in the kitchen to absorb cooking
Essential oils for fresh fabrics and air. Fill
a spray bottle with water and a few drops of your favorite
essential oil (try vanilla, peppermint, or lavender).
Spray it in the air or on fabrics to remove odors.
Vermont Organics' Liquid Sunshine Non-Toxic Cleaner
delivers dramatic results with a multi-functioning non-toxic
formula that's safe and mild, even on your skin.
Liquid Sunshine is efficient, environ-mentally friendly
- USDA Certified Organic
- Economical -- replaces fabric softeners, stain removers,
whiteners and dryer sheets
- Cleans Woodwork, floors and walls
- Effectively scours kitchens and bathrooms
- Great for carpets
- Easily cleans your car
- Works for any watersafe surfaces
- Contains NO Sodium Laurel Sulfate
- Beneficial for anyone with skin disorders
- Safe for those with chemical sensitivities or immune
- Great citrus scent
- Contains NO detergents, alcohol, or d-limonene
- Absolutely free of artificial colors, fragrances
- No Animal Testing
- No Animal Products or By-Products
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Put it out in the sun. The sun is a great deodorizer.
Put everything from musty suitcases to clothing outdoors
in a sunny spot, and it will become fresh-smelling in
Try Liquid Sunshine. Vermont
Organics' Liquid Sunshine Non-Toxic Cleaner is a powerful
cleaner, with a citrus scent, that delivers dramatic results
with a multi-functioning non-toxic formula that's safe
and mild, even on your skin. Use it for kitchens, bathrooms,
floors, carpets, water-safe upholstery and more. For even
more deodorizing and cleaning power, use Liquid Sunshine
along with PerfectClean
hospital-grade ultramicrofiber cloths.
Open the windows. As long as you don't have allergies,
take advantage of the warm weather to let some fresh air
into your home. It will make everything smell cleaner.
Hydrogen peroxide for mildew and mold. To get
rid of musty smells and mildew, such as in the basement
or in your bathroom, mix one part 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
with two parts water, put in a spray bottle and spray
the area (let it sit for an hour or more before rinsing).
Newspapers for smelly plastic containers. To
remove stubborn smells from food-storage containers, put
a few pieces of crumpled up newspaper inside, put the
lid on and let it sit. Change the newspaper every couple
of days, and soon all of the odor will be gone.
to Spring Clean Your Home to Best Prevent Physical Disease
& Emotional Distress
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