How to make natural odour neutralisers

Updated April 17, 2017

Not every bad smell needs to be masked by a chemical deodoriser. It's more than likely that you can neutralise pongs around your home or office with a natural solution. Whether the offending odours are in your fridge, dog's bed or throughout a room, try ventilating the space first, add some plants -- nature's deodorisers -- then employ a variety of methods to naturally replace the bad smell with something nice.

Eliminate any offending odours first. No matter how much odour neutraliser you place in your home, a smelly pile of shoes or dirty linen will continue to offend until washed.

Mix 15 ml (1 tbsp) of white vinegar and 5 ml (1 tsp) of baking soda, then combine this mixture with 500 ml (2 cups) of water. Mist a smelly room with this natural odour neutraliser.

Place the white vinegar in little bowls around your house for long-lasting protection.

Place an open box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb offending odours. Sprinkle it on carpets or upholstery and let it stay there for an hour or two before vacuuming it away. This can help remove the stink of cigarette smoke.

Pour essential oils like lavender, sandalwood or elderberry on cotton wool balls and leave them around your house in inconspicuous areas.

Wrap cinnamon sticks in foil and bake them in the oven at 150 degrees C (300F). After about 20 minutes, turn off the oven and open the oven door.

Place coffee grounds in a plastic container and set them in the fridge as an alternative to baking soda.

Boil lemon juice on the stove. Reduce to a simmer to remove the smell of burnt food.

Put some fresh wood shavings from pine or cedar in bowls, and scatter the bowls around your home. Put the bowls in drawers that need some special odour neutralisation.


A range of essential oils can be employed to neutralise offending odours around your home or office. Just place several drops on cotton wool balls, or simply sprinkle the oil directly on to the corners of your carpet. The deodorising effect should last for weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Essential oils
  • Small bowls
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Aluminium foil
  • Coffee grounds
  • Plastic container
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About the Author

Dan Harkins has been a full-time journalist since 1997. Prior to working in the alternative press, he served as a staff writer and editor for daily publications such as the "St. Petersburg Times" and "Elyria Chronicle-Telegram." Harkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Florida.