Will Cedar Chips Help With Odor in the House?

Mel Frank

In short, yes, cedar chips will in fact help absorb and eliminate odors in the house. Cedar chips are just one natural way to deodorize and mask odors that make your home unpleasant. Use cedar chips, or consider another natural alternative to eliminating odor in the home.

How to Use Cedar Chips

Commonly found in pet bedding and cat litter, cedar chips work especially well for absorbing pet odor, and eliminating the odors caused by pet urine. You can typically purchase bedding and cat litter with cedar chips from your local pet store, or these stores also offer cedar chips that can be purchased by the bag. Cedar chips can be placed in open sandwich bags or similar pouches, and placed throughout the home, in closets or anywhere else they are needed in order to eliminate an unpleasant odor.

Other Natural Deodorizers

Baking soda is another natural deodorizer that will quickly absorb unfriendly odors. Since baking soda comes in powder form, it can be more easily used in a variety of ways. Sprinkle over carpets then vacuum to eliminate carpet odor, sprinkle down sink drains to eliminate odor from decaying foods that may be stuck in the drain, and even place a dish in the refrigerator to eliminate odor.

White vinegar is another natural deodorizer that also works as a disinfectant. To use, mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Then, spray over carpets, upholstery and around the room to eliminate odor. Spray onto countertops to both disinfect and deodorize, and you can even add a cup to the steam cleaner or washing machine to eliminate odor on carpet and clothing.

For a simple way to mask an odor in the room, slice fresh citrus fruits. Cutting a lemon or orange into fresh slices will keep a room smelling citrus-fresh all day. Cut the slices and place on a plate or bowl, then let sit in the room with the odor.

Boiling a pot of water, then adding a spoonful of cinnamon also will give a fresh scent to the kitchen. Let the pot simmer on low heat for several hours at a time, adding water as needed if evaporation occurs.