Unpleasant smells can be a real nuisance, especially when you don’t know how to get rid of them! Kitchen smells are a particular pet peeve of many people in my house, so I have collected some of the best ways to eliminate those odors, and am excited to share them with you!
But since unpleasant smells don’t just come from the kitchen, I threw in some of my favorite tried-and-true odor-eliminating solutions for the rest of the house, too! Get ready to breathe easier! :-)
Freshen your breath after a garlic-heavy meal by chewing on a few fresh parsley leaves.
Place a bit of orange peel in a warm oven or on top of a warm stove for a natural citrus air freshener.
Cook a bit of sugar in a pan over medium heat until it caramelizes to a medium brown color. The scent of caramel will fill your house and mask other food smells.
Get rid of any lingering smells coming from your garbage disposal by dropping a few lemon and vinegar “cleaning cubes” in and running it for a few seconds. Get the full instructions here.
Working with seafood can often leave a fishy smell on your hands. To get rid of the smell, wash your hands and rub them over a stainless steel utensil or bowl.
Funky food containers
Eliminate funky food smells from storage containers with an overnight soak. Fill the container with warm water and a couple of teaspoons of baking soda. Return in the morning as wash as usual.
You can easily deodorize a smelly fridge using a simple (and chemical-free!) DIY refrigerator cleaning spray. Get the recipe for it here.
You can eliminate funky smells from your grater using it to grate a piece of crusty bread. The bread will help absorb those unwanted odors.
Get your cutting board smelling fresh and clean by washing it with warm, soapy water, and then rubbing a cut lemon over the surface to help eliminate lingering food odors.
Freshen up a kitchen sponge by soaking it overnight in a bowl of warm water mixed with a couple of teaspoons of baking soda.
If you like to store water in your fridge for drinking, you can keep it from absorbing food smells and tastes by keeping it in sealed bottles.
Rescue mildew-y towels (or KEEP them from reaching the dreaded “smelly” stage!) by following my simple fix for smelly towels.
Outdoor trash cans
If you have to hold your nose every time you take the garbage out, you could probably benefit from giving your trash can a good cleaning! Read more here.
There are few things worse that smelly shoes and feet! Read about simple home remedies for stinky shoes and feet here.
You can refresh and revitalize smelly carpeting by using an easy-to-make deodorizing powder. Sprinkle it on, wait 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up! Get the recipe for the carpet powder here.
Eliminate unpleasant bathroom smells with my DIY “No. 2 Spray”! It’s made with all-natural ingredients and it’s so effective! Get the recipe here.
Even when your place is clean, keeping your rooms smelling fresh can be a tough job. This DIY scent solution will keep your home smelling sweet. Click here for instructions to make your own gel air fresheners.
What is your most difficult smell to tackle?