Home Remedy for a Bad Odor in a House

Few things are as genuinely disgusting as a bad odor in a house.

Remove the Source

Foul stenches can make life unpleasant, for you and your friends. In some cases, the source of the odor may cause illness. Fortunately, bad odors in the house are easy to clear up with a simple and cost-effective home remedy.

Removing the source of a foul odor is the best home remedy. This may sound obvious for garbage stinking up the trash can, but sometimes the precious wool quilt that grandma knitted might get soaked with spilled milk and start to stink. If an item cannot be cleaned or treated, throw it out or put it into storage.

Charcoal or Baking Soda

Put out boxes of activated charcoal or baking soda in malodorous rooms. These safe and inexpensive powders absorb impurities in the air, cleaning the odors away and sweetening the room. The powders can be stored in a discrete place in a cardboard box with holes. After a few days, remove the boxes and discard the exposed powder. Repeat as necessary to control foul odors.

Vinegar Sprays

A solution of half white vinegar and half water is an effective aerosol mist. Use it to absorb odors in the air, by spraying the solution in a stinky room with a standard household sprayer. In addition to its cleansing properties, vinegar has its own smell that will also mask bad odors.

Skunk Smells

If Fido brings in the aftereffects of his encounter with the local skunk, use a citrus-based product to remove the offending odor. Skunk spray is oil-based, so the treatment must dissolve the oils; citrus is effective at breaking up oil, and it has its own pleasant aroma.

Mask the Odor

Sometimes, foul odors cannot be removed, but they can be lessened by masking them with another, more powerful scent. Flowers, potpourri, heated oils, scented candles, and cedar shavings are all effective odor-masking strategies. To avoid having your nose assaulted by one, all-powerful aroma, use a variety of pleasant scents to diffuse the air and cover up the stench.

About the Author

Jason Gillikin is a copy editor and writer who specializes in health care, finance and consumer technology. His various degrees in the liberal arts have helped him craft narratives within corporate white papers, novellas and even encyclopedias.