What absorbs odor?

Updated November 21, 2016

When a pervasive odour is in your home, it is very unpleasant and embarrassing. Commercial sprays sometimes mask, rather than absorb, these offensive odours. Instead of spending the money to mask the odour, use items in your kitchen cabinet to get rid of these smells. It's more environmentally-friendly and it's cost-effective.


When cooking fish, onions, eggs or cabbage, you can prevent the smell of these items from wafting through your house by boiling a small pan filled with 1 cup water and 1 cup of vinegar. The vinegar neutralises the odours. If your house smells like your dog or cat put 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle and mist your carpet. This should get rid of the animal smells. A bowl of vinegar in a discreet location in your home absorbs the smell of cigarette smoke. If you handled onions and your hands smell, rub some vinegar over your hands to get rid of the odour.


Boil a piece of orange, apple, lemon or tangerine in a pan of water for about 60 minutes to release a fresh scent and absorb the odours.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is very effective at absorbing odours from the air as well as from surfaces. Put baking soda in your dustbin to eliminate orders, and sprinkle it on any surface an odour emits. Leave it on for an hour, then sweep it off. Baking soda can be used in your washing machine to get rid of odours in your clothing.


If the inside of your refrigerator is stinky, put a few slices of bread in the fridge to absorb these offensive smells.

Kitty Litter

Place unscented kitty litter in discreet locations throughout your house to absorb odours. Kitty litter and vinegar both absorb odours because they break down the bacteria that causes the smell.

Lemon Juice

If the top of your stove is dirty and smells after you cook meat, pour a little bit of lemon juice on the top of the stove, then wipe it off. This removes the smell.

The Facts

Baking soda neutralises pH levels, while kitty litter traps odours, according to Vinegar is very acidic and breaks down bacteria and absorbs smells, while charcoal absorbs odours well because it is very porous.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.