Home Remedies for Room Deodorizer

Smells from cooking, pets, smoke, moisture and many other types of odors can remain in a home even after it has been cleaned. Many different forms of store-bought air fresheners are available, but they can be costly and even dangerous when they add chemicals into your home's air. Use some home remedies to avoid these problems.

Baking Soda

Keep your home deodorized with home remedies.

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that has been used for years in refrigerators and rooms as a deodorizer. While baking soda itself does not have a scent, it absorbs the scents in the air around it, removing them from the room. Placing an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator works to remove food odors from inside. Pour baking soda into the bottoms of ashtrays to absorb smoke odor if you smoke. Sprinkle it over carpeted areas before vacuuming. Fill small dishes of baking soda, and place them around the room as you cook in the kitchen. Add baking soda to cat litter as well to keep the odors at bay between litter changes.

Vanilla Extract

Use vanilla extract to add a mild, sweet scent to your room to refresh the air and cancel out mildew smells and pet odors. Dip cotton balls in vanilla extract, and place them in bowls or baskets around the room. Drop a few of the cotton balls in your vacuum cleaner bag to disperse the scent throughout the room when you vacuum. Simmer a bit of vanilla on a double boiler in your kitchen to fill the air with a warm vanilla aroma.


Remove odors from surfaces or pet accident odors from carpets with vinegar. Dilute white distilled vinegar with water, and pour it into a spray bottle. Wipe it over countertops, tables, bathroom surfaces, tile or linoleum floors and over pet accident spots on carpet. The vinegar will neutralize the odors. The strong and unpleasant vinegar smell will disappear within a few hours, along with the other odors.

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