Sometimes you smell something in your home and can’t figure out what it is. That means it’s time to deodorize your home. There are plenty of ways you can banish the odors from your home, so it smells nice and fresh. Here are 35 ideas to get you started.
1. Toilet Brush Holder
When you think about some of the worst smells in your home, most of them probably come from the bathroom. You can make your bathroom smell a little better by adding some lemon-scented cleaning solution to your toilet brush holder. Not only will it release a pleasant fragrance, but your brush will be ready to use when you need it.
2. DIY Toilet Spray
Wouldn’t it be nice if people could go to the bathroom and not leave behind a nasty smell? We all do it, but nobody wants to smell it. You can make your own DIY toilet spray by mixing some essential oils with some water and spraying it over the toilet before you use it. The unpleasant smell stays in the toilet, and the essential oils will make your home smell nice.
3. Toilet Paper Roll Holder
The toilet paper roll holder is something most people don’t think much about, but it can help make your bathroom smell better. Simply add a few drops of essential oils to inside of the roll. Each time it spins, it will release the fragrance into the home. Guests won’t know where the scent is coming from, but they will definitely notice it.
4. Freshen Towels
If you reuse your towels, you probably hang them in the bathroom between uses. Towels can collect mildew and mold and make a stale smell in the bathroom that can spread throughout the home. Make sure you change your towels regularly to help improve the way your bathroom smells.
5. Neutralize Cooking Odors
If you are cooking something smelly or if you accidentally burn something, the scent can fill the home. Sometimes, it can even last for days. Neutralize these odors by sitting out a bowl of baking soda near your stove. It will stop the odors from spreading throughout the home.
6. Freshen Up The Refrigerator
Your fridge is exposed to a lot of stinky things. It can start to smell bad after a while. Give it a fresh smell by slicing a lemon in half and putting each piece on a shelf. Every time you open the fridge, you will get a fresh scent of citrus.
7. Get Rid Of Trashcan Smells
Your trashcan can be pretty stinky. Even if you take your trash out every night, the can itself can still smell pretty bad. You can get rid of those nasty smells by sprinkling some baking soda in the can each time you change the bag.
8. Kitchen Sink Drains
Think of all the things you dump down your kitchen sink. Is there any wonder your drains can produce an unpleasant smell? Pour a little baking soda and vinegar down the drains to get rid of any clogs or food that may be decaying inside. This will also help get rid of bad odors.
9. Freshen Up Your Mattress
Changing your bedding can only do so much when your mattress stinks. You should flip your mattress every six months, and each time you wash the bedding, you should clean the mattress, too. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress and allow it to sit for several minutes. Use a vacuum to remove it, and dress the bed as normal.
10. Deodorize Your Closet
You want your clothes to smell good, and you can start by deodorizing your closet. Hang some tea bags in it or make sachets of potpourri and hang them on the racks next to your clothes. The scent will make your whole room smell better.
11. Refresh Your Couch
A lot of stinky butts sit on your couch, so it’s not surprising that it can smell bad. You don’t have to rent expensive steamers to clean it. Just pour some baking soda on it and then vacuum it up. The baking soda absorbs the odors, and your couch will smell great again.
12. Get Rid Of Pet Smells
You love your pets, but they can be stinky. Pet odors are some of the strongest and some of the hardest to get rid of. You can get rid of pet smells by adding baking soda to litter boxes or spots on the carpet where pets have had accidents. You can also make your own pet perfume with essential oils and water.
13. Remove Washing Machine Odors
Your washing machine may clean your clothes and make them smell great, but it can smell bad itself. You can deodorize your washing machine by pouring baking soda and vinegar in it and running a cycle. The odor will be gone, and your clothes will be cleaner than ever.
14. Make Drawers More Fragrant
Your drawers can smell musty and make your clothes smell strange. You can deodorize your dresser drawers by putting a few drops of essential oils on a cloth and putting it in the drawer. You can also make sachets that can be dropped into the drawers.
15. Deodorize Your Dishwasher
Does your dishwasher stink? A lot of old food and dirt go down the dishwasher drain, so it’s not surprising that it smells bad. You can deodorize it by adding lemon juice to it and running a cycle, or you can add vinegar and baking soda to help unclog the drain and improve the smell.
16. Get The Funk Out Of Your Gym Bag
If you have a gym or workout bag that you leave in your home, it can bring in some seriously bad smells. You can deodorize it by tossing in a bag of baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the smells, so they don’t spread through your home.
17. Get Rid Of Garbage Disposal Odors
You dump old food down to garbage disposal to get rid of it, but the smells linger on. You can clean your garbage disposal by putting lemon slices in the disposal and running it, then rinsing it clean. Once it’s clean, the odors will go away too.
18. Deodorize The Air Conditioner
Your air conditioner pumps cold air into your home, but it can also pump in bad smells. You can deodorize your air conditioner by spraying it out on the outside. You can add drops of essential oils to the filter to spread good smells through your house as you cool it.
19. Deodorize The Carpet
Your carpet takes a beating, but did you know it can hold in smells and scents? You don’t have to scrub your entire carpet to get rid of them. Simply spray it with fabric refresher spray. It will last for several days, and a few sprays go a long way.
20. Remove Smoke Odors
If you or someone you know smokes in your home, it can be almost impossible to get the smell out of it. The best way to do it is to set out a bowl of baking soda and a couple of cut lemons. The lemons and baking soda will absorb the smoke smell, and the lemon will help give your home a fresh scent.
21. Deodorize Pet Beds
Your pets sleep on their bed every day, and they transfer smells from their fur to those beds. Over time, it can make the bed stink. You can refresh pet beds by pouring baking soda on them and allowing it to set for several hours. Vacuum it up, and the smell will go with it.
22. Freshen Bedding
You probably get tired of washing your bedding, but you may need to deodorize it and freshen it in between washes. Make your own fabric refresher with a little bit of fabric softener mixed with some water in a spray bottle. Spray your bedding in between washes to keep it smelling great.
23. Odors Under The Bed
Have you ever had to find that missing shoe under your bed and ran into a funky smell instead? Most people don’t think about deodorizing under the bed, but it’s necessary at times. Simply add a shallow plate of baking soda under the bed and leave it there for a few days. It will absorb the smell.
24. Remove Moldy Basement Smells
Most basements have a moldy or wet smell. It can be hard to get rid of it, but it is possible. Clean up as much water as possible and spray the walls with bleach. You can also put baking soda on the floor to help absorb the smell and any water that may be causing it.
25. Get Rid Of Musty Attic Smells
Attics can be just as smelly as basements. They tend to be dusty and musty. Start by giving the attic a deep clean. Then, add some lemon juice to a spray bottle with water and spray it throughout the attic. The attic will smell great, and the citrus smell will even keep pests away.
26. Freshen Your Kitchen Cabinets
Your kitchen cabinets hold foods and spices, and the mixture of smells from all those things can create bad smells. When you open the cabinet doors, those smells spread through your home. Spray some lemon juice in the cabinets to help freshen them.
27. Remove Freezer Odors
Frozen foods can smell bad over time, even in your freezer. Your freezer may have a funk to it, but you can deodorize it with a little bit of baking soda. The baking soda absorbs all the bad smells, so you won’t smell anything when open the freezer door.
28. Remove Odors From The Entryway
You leave your shoes in the entryway, the rug gets mud and dirt tracked on it, you leave went umbrellas there to dry … of course, it stinks. You can remove the bad smells by spraying your doormat with a fabric refreshing spray and by scrubbing down the doorway and walls with bleach and water.
29. Deodorize Bathtub Drains
Every notice a nasty smell coming from your bathtub? Think about all the things that get washed down the drain. A lot of them get stuck, and that’s where the bad smells come from. Unclog the drain and get rid of stinky bathtub drain odors by pouring some baking soda in the drain and then pouring apple cider vinegar over it. It will foam and remove the clog, and the unpleasant odor will go with it.
30. Deodorize Furnace Vents
When heat blows through your furnace, it can blow unpleasant smells into your home. By cleaning your furnace vents, you can avoid bad smells. You can also put a few drops of essential oils on the filters, so that when the heat blows through, it sends a nice fragrance through your home.
31. Freshen Your Laundry Basket
Your laundry baskets might get a little full, and when you don’t get the dirty clothes at the bottom, they can stink. You can wash the baskets out with bleach or spray them with a little water mixed with essential oils. It will keep your room from smelling like dirty laundry.
32. Deodorize Your Oven
Got a stinky oven? A lot of food gets lost in there. It’s easy to deodorize it. Just add some lemon juice, vinegar, and water in a spray bottle, and spray it in your oven. Wipe it clean, and it will take away the odor, too.
33. Clean Stove Burners
If you smell something bad when you are cooking on your stovetop, it may be time to deodorize your burners. Use baking soda and water to create a paste and apply it to the burners. Let it sit for a while, then rinse it off. No more bad smells while cooking.
34. Freshen Your Home With Fans
You use fans to circulate the air around your home, but did you know you can also use them to deodorize your home? Simply tie some dryer sheets to the fans and let them blow. The fans will spread the scent around your home.
35. Freshen Linen Closets
You want your linens to smell good when you get them out of the closet. To freshen and deodorize your linen closet, just tuck a dryer sheet on each shelf. Every time you open it, it will smell great, and your linens will always smell fresh.