Tips & Tricks: Stench Stoppers

I have a keen sense of smell.

Wonder Woman does, too. It’s probably why we’re best friends.

from binaryhead

Anyway, when I walk into a house, the first thing I notice is the aroma.

Hopefully it’s good.

If it’s not–

from marco

–well, I’m here to help.

You don’t have to live in stench.

Or buy clothespins.

from gentlemensredux

Tips for Odor Elimination (the green [er] way):

1. To get rid of lingering smells in a room, you have a few options.

a. Coal is a natural odor absorber.

from hopeexists

Set a piece in a dish and let it do all the work.

b. Vinegar also absorbs odor.

from thesillycanner

A cup of it, discreetly placed in a room, should eliminate lingering smells.

c. Baking soda.

You use it in the fridge–why not in a room? Just pour some in a dish and refill it every so often.

2. Don’t succumb to the flowery goodness of aerosol air fresheners. You don’t know exactly what’s in them, and come on–do you really want your house to smell like a country meadow or plumberry velour?

Instead, opt for a more natural way to revive the air–dab a cotton ball in some lemon or orange oil, put it in a small glass jar (like  baby food jar) and set out in the room.

from polls

(Warning–don’t let your small children into contact with essential oils–they can be harmful to the babies)

3. Smoker? Get rid of the cigarette smell by putting 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder (not soda) into the ashtray.

from trendhunter

4. Litter box odors? When you next clean it, rinse it out then pour some white wine vinegar into the box. Let it sit for about a half an hour, then rinse it out and dry it. The acid in the vinegar neutralizes the scent of ammonia.

from kittenpictures

Bonus: add baby powder to your cat’s litter to keep it smelling baby fresh.

5. Your cutting board reek of garlic and onions?

Let it soak in vinegar or mouthwash for a few minutes. That should eliminate the smell.

6. Smelly sink?

from imafoodie

Pour 1/2 a cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it with a cup of vinegar. It’ll foam and you’ll think you’re back in chem lab, but it’ll get rid of that smell.

suck it, martha.

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2 Comments on “Tips & Tricks: Stench Stoppers”

  1. August 30, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Also, for garbage disposal smells, get some limes, mint, rum, soda water, and sugar. Make a mojito (cut a lime length wise starting on the pulp side and do not cut all the way through the lime. It should still be a single lime half which has been sliced a bit. Then top with sugar – a lot unfortunately… or fortunately – and mint and muddle with a muddler – or spoon. Add rum and soda water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add ice. Stir and drink). After you enjoy your mojito(s), dump the ingredients down the disposal drain. Chop the hell out of them. Enjoy the scent wafting up. That usually makes me want to make another mojito. The end.

  2. August 30, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Sounds like my kind of drain cleaner.

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