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How to remove a new chemical odor

Many items, such as shower curtains, new furniture and blue jeans, are treated with a chemical finish before you purchase them. This finish helps maintain the appearance and condition of the item but can also introduce an unpleasant chemical odour into your home. While the chemical odour will eventually wear off, it can be unpleasant, even causing headaches if the odour is strong enough. Home remedies can help you effectively remove chemical smells from your house.

Fill a few old socks with coffee grounds. Place the socks in small rooms, such as a powder room, or in your closet. Coffee grounds absorb unpleasant chemical odours from new clothing, towels or rugs.

Pour undiluted white vinegar into a few small bowls. Set the bowls in rooms where you've added new furniture or installed new carpeting that's left a chemical odour. Vinegar neutralises the chemical odour and dissipates quickly.

Sprinkle baking soda onto new upholstery or carpet. Leave this odour absorber on the surface for 24 hours, then vacuum. Add a half cup of baking soda to the wash cycle to remove chemical odours from new clothing and towels.

Place a few drops of vanilla extract on a few cotton balls. Set one cotton ball in your car or in each room or closet affected by new chemical odour. Leave the vanilla-scented cotton there to add a pleasant fragrance to the room.

Tip

Open windows. Fresh air is one of the best natural deodorisers. Powdered charcoal or charcoal-based cat litter acts as an effective chemical odour remover when placed in your car's ashtray or in a bowl in a room. Wave a vinegar-soaked cloth around the room for a quick deodoriser.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee grounds
  • Old socks
  • Bowls
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cotton balls
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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.