How to Deodorize Your Apartment

A smelly apartment is unpleasant to come home to and makes an otherwise clean-looking home feel dirty.

If your apartment's smell makes you plug your nose, it's time to deodorize.If your apartment's smell makes you plug your nose, it's time to deodorize.
Odor-causing bacteria, food odors and musty smells from mold or mildew contribute to the lack of freshness in your dwelling. Finding the source of the smells and eliminating them is an important part of deodorizing your apartment since, without accomplishing that, any measures taken will only serve to mask the odor. A combination of home remedies and commercial products will help you get rid of odors and maintain freshness in your home.

Walk around your apartment with a trash bag. Throw away garbage, such as dirty facial tissues, leftover food containers and other such items. Toss out overly ripe produce from the kitchen or pantry.

Vacuuming removes dirt and particles that contribute to household odor.

Vacuum the apartment floors and furniture. Lift up couch and chair cushions to vacuum and make sure no odor-causing substances, such as food, have fallen in between the cushions.

Combine disinfectant cleaner with 1 gallon hot water in a bucket. Wash down counters, appliances, cupboards, shelves, walls and floors. Disinfectant cleaner gets rid of odor-causing mildew, as well as dirt and stains that cause odors in the kitchen or bathroom. Open the windows to help dry the surfaces and allow fresh air to circulate through your apartment.

Lemon is a natural deodorizer.

Pour 1/2 cup lemon juice down kitchen and bathroom sink drains as well as the bathtub drain. Lemon juice deodorizes the drains and removes grease, soap scum and other particles that create odor.

Fill small, shallow bowls halfway with undiluted white vinegar. Place the bowls in random locations throughout the apartment. Let the vinegar naturally neutralize odors overnight.

Fill a small cooking pot with water. Break up a few cinnamon sticks over the pot; add the cinnamon sticks and some whole cloves to the water. Allow the mixture to simmer slowly to deodorize and freshen the apartment with a pleasant, spicy scent.

Things You Will Need

  • Trash bag
  • Vacuum
  • Bucket
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Clean cloths
  • Mop
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Small bowls
  • White vinegar
  • Small cooking pot
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves


  • Place a few drops of your favorite essential oils on a cotton ball and tuck the cotton ball behind furniture or in the corner of a room to freshen the room.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over furniture upholstery or carpeting that needs deodorizing. Allow the baking soda to absorb odors overnight before vacuuming.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.