9 Tips To Eliminate Lingering Odors Throughout The House

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Especially if you have multiple people living in your home, it can be difficult to keep it smelling fresh and clean. In the cooler months, throwing open all of your windows to air out your home may not be the best option. However, there are lots of great (and cheap) tips that will help your home to smell as fresh as possible.

1. Distilled Vinegar

Seriously, what can’t distilled vinegar be used for?! If your home seems to have a lingering and unpleasant scent, simply soak a rag in distilled vinegar, wring it out, then waft it around the rooms in your home. This will help to diffuse any lingering odors throughout your home.

2. Lemon And Baking Soda

If you’ve made a delicious fish dinner but the resulting odors are not so delicious, mix together two cups of water, a few tablespoons of baking soda, and some lemon peels. Leave the bowl on your kitchen counter and it will help to absorb the smell.

3. Ground Coffee

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Garbage cans are often the smelliest areas in our homes. To help alleviate that yucky garbage smell, try sprinkling some coffee grinds in your garbage can. You’d be amazed at the difference it can make.

4. Baking Soda And Ice

If your garborator isn’t smelling too good, pour some ice down it and grind it up. Then, sprinkle some baking soda into the mix. The combination will help to absorb any smelly, rotten odors.

5. Cinnamon

This hack is especially useful for around the holiday season. If you want your home to smell cozy and welcoming, try boiling some cinnamon sticks in water. Once the mixture has been brought to a boil, you can turn the burner off and left the scent waft throughout your home.

6. Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is an extremely powerful (and sweet!) smell. Add a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract to some jars and place the jars throughout different rooms in your home. The place will be smelling like a dream in no time.

7. Toilet Paper And Essential Oils

Instead of buying a diffuser for each bathroom in your home, simply apply a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the inside of your toilet paper roll. Just a few drops will keep your bathroom smelling great.

8. Kool-Aid

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This might sound outrageous, but adding a few teaspoons of lemon Kool-Aid to your dishwasher (and running it while empty) will help to eliminate any foul odors. The next time you’re ready to load it full of dishes, it will smell lemony-fresh.

9. Dryer Sheets

If you want your home to hold that fresh laundry smell, simply attach a dryer sheet to any fans in your home and turn them on. They’ll diffuse the smell throughout the room, and it’s a way cheaper alternative to fancy diffusers or expensive air-fresheners.