So far we’ve mostly focused on fragrancing your home, and one of the reasons folks might want to scent their space is to mask other odors that are present (pets, cooking odors, etc.). I’m all about actually removing the bad odor, so let’s cover some safe ways to do that.
How to Safely Deodorize Your Home and Car
Baking Soda: Most folks know about baking soda as a deodorizer, and it is a terrific and safe way to remove odors. Throw a box in the fridge, sprinkle on carpets, rugs and pet beds (let sit for a while and then vacuum up), pour into stinky cleats and sneakers, down into the garbage disposal along with some vinegar to get rid of any lingering odor causers…the list goes on. I might even have put a box in my teenage boy’s room when it smelled like an old locker room.
Charcoal: I’m about to rock your world with this tip. But it involves a quick story, so buckle up.
Last year, we bought an almost-new, used car. As in it still had the new car smell (which I know is probably caused by some not great things, but it’s still one of my favorite smells!). Flash forward a few months, and I had picked up a bunch of fresh bagels for an event, some of which were Everything Bagels. You know the ones…garlic, onion, poppy seed ones? Super yummy, but definitely odorific. We were traveling so I left them in the car overnight, and I tell you, it not only took away the new car smell, I couldn’t get the Everything Bagel smell OUT. I tried everything…left the car wide open out in the sun, vacuumed, FoN cleaner where the box had sat on the rubber mat. I even took out the cabin air filter and swapped it! No dice.
Then I did some googling on deodorizing, and somebody somewhere mentioned putting some charcoal in an open bag so that it could absorb odors. I figured, what the hell? I’d already given up of hope having new car smell, but I wanted the garlicy/oniony smell gone too. So I dumped a little bit of charcoal in a small, handled paper bag, and placed it in the back of my SUV. Y’all, I’m here to tell you that within 2 days, all of the funk was GONE, and NEW CAR SMELL WAS BACK! We’ve had her almost a year now, she’s almost 3 years old, and I still have new car smell. It’s the little things….
The point is, charcoal is absolutely fantastic at absorbing and removing odors. When my college boy moves home in the summer, know that there will definitely be a bag of charcoal hiding in his room to absorb all that is volleyball-boy ripeness.
Force of Nature Cleaner: You can read my full review of FoN here (includes discount codes!), but along with being a mean cleaner and disinfectant, it does a fantabulous job of deodorizing. Wiping down the inside of the fridge instantly removes odors, as does spraying down the base of the dishwasher or adding a cup to the bleach container on the washer to run a tub clean cycle. It also works on stinky sneakers/cleats, sports bags and pet beds. And it’s all-natural and safe!
Gadgets that deodorize: