Homemade odor neutralizers

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Homemade odor neutralizers
Unpleasant odours will turn your home into a stinky mess. (Barbara Penoyar/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Various expensive odour removers are available at local stores. However, these commercial odour removers contain toxic chemicals and are not a smart economical choice for many homeowners. Fortunately, you can create your own homemade natural odour neutraliser that will not fill your home with harsh fumes and toxic residue.

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Inexpensive, natural and found in many pantries, white vinegar will neutralise even the toughest odours caused by pets or smoke. Pour undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle and mist walls, upholstery, curtains, carpeting and other fabrics with the vinegar. Let the vinegar air-dry on the surface. As the vinegar dries, it will remove the unpleasant odours. Repeat the process as needed.

Baking Soda

Baking soda neutralises odours without using expensive and dangerous chemicals, and you can find it in the baking aisle of department stores. Sprinkle baking soda on upholstery or carpets and let sit for several hours. Remove the baking soda with a vacuum. Keep an opened box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb food odours. Replace the baking soda with a fresh box every 30 days.


Keeping your home free of odours, lemons will fill the air with a pleasant citrus aroma. Toss several pieces of lemon wedges down a smelly garbage disposal and let run for several seconds. The lemon wedges cleanse the garbage disposal and remove unpleasant odours. Boil several lemon wedges in a pot filled with water. Let the lemons and water simmer dry to remove cooking odours in the air.


Using cinnamon to remove odours from the air also leaves your home smelling delicious. Wrap several sticks of cinnamon in aluminium foil and place on a baking tray. Set the baking tray into a preheated oven set at 163 degrees Celsius for 15 to 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and remove the baking tray from the oven. Leave the oven door open until completely cooled to fill your home with a spicy scent and remove odours.

Dried Flowers and Herbs

Forgo the expensive potpourri and instead make your own. Fill small sachets with herbs such as cloves, or flowers such as dried lavender, and hang them from closets or place them inside drawers. Mix the dried flowers or herbs with baking soda for a fragrant carpet powder. Sprinkle the homemade carpet powder on the surface and let sit for several hours before removing with your vacuum.

Essential Oils

Various essential oils will neutralise odours and replace them with a pleasant and therapeutic scent. Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of cool water and add 10 to 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Sage, grapefruit, lemon, orange and tea tree oil are a few of the essential oils that will remove odours from your home. Mist the offending area with the mixture and let air-dry.


Remove nose-wrinkling odours from the air and replace them with a fresh-baked aroma using vanilla. Soak several cotton balls in pure vanilla extract and set on a saucer or in a small bowl. Place the saucer or bowl around the area to remove odours from home. Add several drops of clear vanilla to an open paint can to help neutralise the offensive paint odours.

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