Living in a condo with not a lot of windows and 2 active guys (my husband and brother) is a surefire recipe for that “amoy pawis” smell lingering at home… and I’m not one to tolerate those kinds of smells.
Aside from using a Natural Odor Remover for stale laundry, stinky garbage bin and basically everything that smells bad in our home, I also take time to make some natural deodorizers with ingredients that can be easily found at home to help keep our house smelling good. Read on to see the key ingredients you’ll need.
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
– Jane Austen
1 – Lemon & Other Citrus Oils / Peels / Juices
Lemon and other citrus fruits (Calamansi, Dalanghita and Dalandan, too!) are great odor neutralizers. Those tough food odors can be easily removed by lemon. Add a freshly squeezed cup of lemon juice to the bottom of your dishwasher before running a cycle. This will help disinfect the dishwasher leaving it with a clean and citrus aroma.
Want to remove that pusit and danggit smell? Shoo off that strong pungent smell by steeping lemon or orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and cloves together. To create a stronger scent, heat up the ingredients with water on a pot and let simmer until the kitchen is filled with the scent.
if your sink is also starting to smell, clean it and have your greasetrap emptied. Deodorize your sink afterwards with lemon or orange peels by putting the peels on the sink disposal and letting water run over it. Your sink will smell great and fresh within minutes. Easy Peasy!
2 – Vinegar
Vinegar is the perfect liquid to use for deodorizing your house. Instead of using chemical filled cleaners, use vinegar as an alternative instead. You can add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the fabric softener and remove the bad scent of the washing machine. Grime and mold in the bathroom by spraying vinegar in the affected area and scrubbing until removed.
3 – Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil is the perfect anti-fungal and anti-bacterial oil to use in your house. This oil is especially great to use in spots where the sunlight does not usually hit. Musty rooms or closets can have a fresh smell once again with the help of eucalyptus oil. Place eucalyptus sprigs inside a closet or drawers to keep it smelling fresh. If you can’t get your hands on eucalyptus leaves, place a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil on cotton balls and tuck it inside the corners od your closet and drawers.
Check every once in a while if the eucalyptus needs to be replaced.
4 – Baking Soda
Baking soda has plenty of uses around the house, too! The alkaline powder has properties that can neutralize acid smells caused by body odor or decaying food. Place an opened box of baking soda in the fridge, shoe cabinet and even closet to remove any unwanted odor. You can even put a few drops of citrus oils to give it that fresh clean smell. There are foods that leave a certain smell to in the fridge. Use baking soda to eliminate stinky odors. This will help your fridge smelling clean and fresh.
Do you use other ingredients to keep your home smelling clean and fresh?
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