According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, there is a variety of natural methods to remove odors including baking soda, citrus fruit peels and vinegar. Open boxes of baking soda placed in the refrigerator help to absorb food odors. Citrus rinds placed in a running garbage disposal help to neutralize rancid smells. Two parts boiling water mixed with two parts vinegar helps to eliminate burnt food odors.Continue Reading
Removing deep carpet odors can easily be accomplished with a mixture of water, baking soda, liquid soap and peroxide. Dry baking soda also works well to freshen up carpeting prior to vacuuming. Placing a slice of vinegar-soaked bread in trash cans and lunch boxes helps to eliminate food odor build-up.
In addition to natural remedies, there is also a variety of products such as candles, sprays, oil warmers and wax solids that work to remove odors from the air by neutralizing the odor-causing bacteria as opposed to masking the odors with fragrance. There are also disinfectant sprays that eliminate odors and kill germs that cause illness, such as Staphylococcus bacteria. Electronic air purifiers are designed to remove odors such as smoke and dust, minimize allergens and improve overall air quality. Electronic air purifiers work best when the odor filters are periodically changed according to the manufacturer's instructions.Learn more about Smell Removal
Chlorine bleach, vinegar and baking soda can be used to remove rotten clam odors inside refrigerators and on other hard surfaces, such as ice coolers. The process of removing odors can take several days and may require several different treatments to completely eliminate.Full Answer >
Ammonia and baking soda can be used to remove odors from clothing in a single afternoon. Clothing that is washed in ammonia or baking soda should be rinsed twice to remove laundry additives and to promote a clean, fresh scent. Allow the clothing to dry outdoors to completely remove any unpleasant scents.Full Answer >
Charcoal, coffee, baking soda and cat litter are all effective in removing odors from musty furniture. Apartment Therapy recommends placing small briquettes of aquarium-grade charcoal on and inside of furniture for up to two days for it to absorb off odors. Discard charcoal after use, or store it for another application in the future.Full Answer >
Vinegar, bleach, baking soda, powdered enzymatic dishwasher detergent or a commercial washer cleaner, such as Affresh or Smelly Washer, can all be used to eliminate odors. Bad smells in a front-loading washer are caused by mold growth and often worsened by the machine's airtight design.Full Answer >