I put a lot of effort into making sure my home smells nice. Finding Natural Ways to Deodorize your Home doesn’t have to be hard or overwhelming, but it can be sad to let go of some of your old favorites. I love using candles and plug-in wax warmers, but sometimes those can carry toxins into the air, it’s true.
No one likes a smelly home, but sometimes we could be the last one to know. Living in your home day after day sometimes makes it hard to know exactly how your home may smell to guests.
Practicing a few of these easy odor ridding tips with everyday household items will help keep your home fresh and inviting. You’ll be happy to eliminate odors with non-toxic options and without harsh chemicals.
Finding Natural Ways to Deodorize your Home
It’s been my goal to remove as many toxins as I can, in my home where I at least have some control. We have a toxin-free mattress, hypoallergenic carpet and our hardwood floors were even installed using all non-toxic sealers and stains.
Before heading down this path to remove as many toxins as possible, I really had no idea! You do the best you can until you know better. Right? It’s all about digging in and educating yourself.
Freshen the Air with Essential Oils
I LOVE using essential oils for so many things, but especially in helping my home smell clean and fresh! They are definitely high on the list for natural ways to deodorize your home. I use a diffuser in many rooms of my home. I use a lot of the Proprietary Blends from doTerra. There are many brands out there and you can even find many oils at New Seasons or Whole Foods.
I like using Motive or Cheer Blends for my office to keep me focused and motivated. In my bedroom, I love the Serenity blend for a restful nights sleep. And in the kitchen, I’ve been using Citrus Bliss. These keep my rooms smelling wonderful!
How to make a DIY Natural Room Spray
You can also make up a quick air freshener! Making your own room freshener and linen sprays with essential oils and distilled water are easy! Simply mix 5 -10 drops of essential oils for every one cup distilled water. Pour into a fine mist spray bottle and mist where needed.
I even made my own No.2 Poo Spray… you know the stuff you spray into the toilet before you go? The stuff every guest bathroom should have! Yea… that stuff. Make your own!
Another simple way to freshen up a room is to soak a cotton ball in essential oil and place in a hidden area of any room (keep out of reach from small children or animals). This works great for your car too!
Deodorize with Baking Soda
Baking soda is the wonder ingredient in getting rid of odors. There are numerous things you can deodorize, but here are just a few.
- Carpets: sprinkle on carpets, let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum.
- Sponges: freshen sponges by soaking in 1-quart hot water with 5 teaspoons baking soda
- Litter box: Sprinkle on the bottom of the litter pan before adding the litter and then on top of cat litter to reduce litter box odors in between those times you’re unable to scoop.
- Trash Cans: Sprinkle in the bottom of your trash & recycle cans
- Refrigerators: We’ve been doing this for years! Just place an opened box in your fridge. Replace every couple months. I also use this Berry Breeze Activated Oxygen Deodorizer. So far it’s been working great!
- Furniture: Yep, just sprinkle right on top of the furniture or even your cloth car seats. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum.
- Stinky Gym Clothes: Add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle while washing. Or just fill your bathroom sink with hot water and baking soda, add your stinky garment and soak for 30 min.
- Stinky Shoes: Just sprinkle inside and let it sit. Shake it out before wearing.
See more great uses for baking soda here.
Clean and Deodorize with White Vinegar
Oh, the miracles of white vinegar, it’s non-toxic, safe and inexpensive! It’s another great product for natural ways to deodorize your home.
Odors don’t stand a chance when you clean with white vinegar. Oh and that vinegar smell? Don’t worry, it dissipates once dry.
- Microwaves: Using a large glass measuring cup or bowl, pour 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup vinegar and lemon. Microwave on high for a couple of minutes and then leave it alone. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Open the door and wipe clean. The steam softens all the dried on food mess and the vinegar takes away the odor! I also like using apple cider vinegar to clean and deodorize my microwave.
- Garbage Disposal & Kitchen Drains: This will also keep clogs down. Pour 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup baking soda down the drain. Let it bubble up for about 5 minutes, then rinse with boiling water.
- Dishwasher: Place 1 or 2 cups of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher and then run on its normal cycle.
- Pet Urine: After blotting up as much urine as possible, soak the area with white vinegar. Blot again. Sprinkle with baking soda and leave. Once dry, vacuum.
- Onion Hands: Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt in your hands, add a bit of vinegar and rub. Rinse. No more smelly hands.
Getting rid of unwanted moisture will help keep odors down. You could invest in a dehumidifier or try these Closet Dehumidifiers for a less expensive method. This chemical compound is composed of calcium and chlorine and can be generated by limestone.
You can also use a large bundle of sidewalk chalk. The chalk will absorb moisture in small areas, such as a closet.
It’s time to get busy! There are so many Natural Ways to Deodorize your Home for a toxin & chemical free clean smelling home!