How to Deodorize Rooms

Everyday living can reduce your home's freshness. Chemical products can deodorize rooms, but often use strong artificial odors that irritate allergies. Deodorize rooms with common household products like vinegar, fruit, baking soda, vanilla and fabric softener sheets to keep your rooms smelling like they should.

  1. Open windows and doors. Air circulation is a key component to deodorizing rooms. The breeze ushers out odors, dust and pathogen accumulation and encourages fresh air to take its place.

  2. Vacuum with carpet deodorizer and baking soda. Mix equal parts of your favorite carpet deodorizer with baking soda in a flour sifter and sift the mixture over your carpet before vacuuming well. Baking soda neutralizes existing, stubborn odors while the deodorizer leaves a lingering, pleasant scent.

  3. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water. Spray around rooms and concentrate on areas where smoke and paint fumes abound.

  4. Absorb unpleasant smells. Boil 1 tsp. of vanilla extract or cinnamon to soak up odors and to fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked goods without lifting a spatula. You can also drop 2 or 3 tbsp. of vanilla extract into an old plastic jar lid and leave in the room until morning.

  5. Find a whole orange, a small netted bag and some cloves. Insert the clove pieces into the orange's skin, bag the orange and hang it anywhere. Place the bag in your closet to guard against moth infestation or in your basement to keep musty, cellar odors at bay.

  6. Grab some cotton balls and sprinkle scented oil on top of them. Drop the cotton balls into a decorative container, empty potpourri jar or flower vase filled artificial flowers for a continuous fresh scent in the room.

  7. Launder beddings and other furniture furnishings at least once a month. Wash curtains, quilts, sheets, pillow covers and bedspreads with baking soda and your usual detergent to fight strong odors and hang-dry the articles outside on a breezy, sunny day. Sunshine helps kill odors and pathogens.

  8. Wash trash cans with hot water and soap regularly. When they've dried, put fabric softener sheets in the bottom of the trash can before fitting it with a clean liner.

  9. Clean your rooms as often as possible. Regularly removing dust and debris from furniture, carpets, floors, walls and ceiling fans keeps your home naturally deodorized.

  10. Replace odor and dust-trapping air filters in your cooling systems annually.

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