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Help, My House Is Smelly!
What Kills Odor?

Especially during winter time, we diminished to open the windows than summer time, and the result are musty and stale air. Making fried fish or having a cigarette smoke from evening dinner with friends, will give you unpleasant odor, and that is not easy to deal with. However, there are simple tricks to do with that matter, to have a pleasant scent in your home. Cleanadviser has collected a natural way and easy tricks of how to counteract the unpleasant odors inside your home. The best thing is you don’t need to go for a shopping, as there are plenty of resources in your cabinets that are ready to be use.

When the sink stinks

A dirty drain in the kitchen or bathroom has to be thoroughly cleaned from time to time. Otherwise, the gases produced by fermentation and fouling gradually rise from the sink and spread out in the room. It does not always have to be chemistry to remove the stinking deposits in the drainpipe. It also goes with a few simple and cheap home remedies.
Just give two tablespoons of salt in the drain pipe and let it act there for about half an hour. Then you rinse with cold water. In the kitchen, the salt alone may not be enough, as there are often stubborn edible fats in the sink. In this case, four tablespoons of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar will help you from time to time tipping it into the kitchen sink. The vinegar foams up the baking powder, which has a cleansing effect. Afterwards you rinse with hot water. You will notice that your drainpipes are odorless again in no time.

When the room smells

Soda, also known as baking soda, soda, sodium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate, is beside vinegar the most versatile remedy for your entire home. The white powder has been in daily use since early antiquity. The word soda comes from the Egyptian and means something like “divine”. As divine as the name, is also the variety of uses of home remedies. Soda has been used for some time as a drain, oven or joint cleaner. The all-rounder is not only all-purpose cleaner, raising agent and remedy for heartburn, it is also an optimal odor neutralizer. Soda acts e.g. excellent on carpets, in the dishwasher or even against sweaty feet. If your shoes stink into the sky after a long day, sprinkle the inside of the shoe with a little bit of soda powder and shake it off after a few hours. Made from soda, natural room sprays can be made in an uncomplicated way to neutralize bad smells. The soda spray also helps with musty furniture textiles. All you need for the textile freshener is 500 ml boiled water, 50 ml light alcohol (40%), 1 generous spoonful of soda powder, a few drops of essential oil and an empty spray bottle.

When the bin stinks

Fresh smell for smelly trash cans. Everyone has experienced this situation before. As soon as the lid of the trash bin opens, an unpleasant smell goes through the kitchen. The trash can basically begins to stink quickly – even if it is emptied regularly. If you put two to three tablespoons of baking soda in the trash bag, you have two advantages: First, the soda neutralizes unpleasant odors and second, the powder absorbs moisture. And that inhibits bacterial growth. Also cat litter can be used instead of Soda. Special trash can deodorants from the supermarket also provide a better smell. Who does not want to spend extra money, can also give some washing powder in the garbage bag. That exudes a good smell.

When the living room smell cigarettes

When smoking inside the house, it usually smells unpleasant. Often the nicotine smell is still stuck in curtains and upholstery for a long time. To get rid of it, vinegar water has proven to be one of the best home remedies. Just pour hot water into a bowl and add a dash of vinegar. Then place the container in the room from which you want to remove the smoke smell. Soon you will notice how the mixture binds the unpleasant nicotine smell. Smooth surfaces can be additionally rubbed off with vinegar water to increase the effect. If you feel the smell of vinegar is unpleasant, you can alternatively use lemon juice.

When the wardrobe smells

A foul-smelling wardrobe ensures that even the clothes quickly take on an unpleasant odor. In older cabinets, the wood often smells itself. An old and proven home remedy, so that the wardrobe soon smells fresh again, is vinegar. This not only ensures that the smell disappears – at the same time it gently disinfects the furniture. It is best to wear gloves when rubbing the wood with vinegar or vinegar essence. After the treatment, let the wardrobe air well, so that the unpleasant smell soon disappears.

When the car stinks

Proven home remedies for bad smells in the car are coffee, rice or flour. Just put a bowl of fresh coffee powder or rice or flour into the car overnight. Odors and smoke smell will be neutralized and the moisture bound. Depending on the intensity of the odor, replace the appropriate home remedy daily and repeat the process several days in succession. Furthermore, one can counteract smoke and cigarette odor in the car with a bowl of vinegar or a few sliced lemon slices and two teaspoons of soda strewn over it. Another option is to have fresh apples, cut them in half and put them on a plate with the windows closed for 24 hours. (Best place is the dashboard!)

Background knowledge

Odor formation – Where does it come from?

Apart from cigarette smoke if residues of organic matter (food particles, body fat, sweat, plant waste, etc.) are deposited, these residues are decomposed by bacteria. This creates extremely unpleasant odors that are difficult to neutralize.

Why do conventional room sprays and fragrance oils last only a short time?

Common room sprays and scented oils are mostly perfumed odor maskers. They only work for a short time and often increase the situation by creating unpleasant mixed odors. The cause of the odor load remains untouched.

Caution! Sponges and cloths

If cloths or rinse sponges are in use for a longer time, they become a weak point when cleaning. Besides, they can become smelly themselves because over time, they become a refuge for countless bacteria. On a sponge there are on average up to ten million bacteria per square centimeter. So we’re distributing dirt which may provoke odor much more than actually removing it. Therefore, replace it once a week.