If you’re getting affected by bad smells as you walk through your apartment door, you may be wondering how to freshen up your space. Whether you’re spring cleaning or looking to freshen up your space, learn how to naturally deodorize a room and get rid of funky smells in their tracks. Natural deodorizers are great for freshening up your home, and it helps you incorporate more eco-friendly habits in your lifestyle. Plus, these recipes are easy to make and are just as effective as chemical cleaners, without the harmful side effects. Read more for 10 recipes that you can make yourself.
1. DIY Simple Room Freshener
Room freshener recipe:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Distilled water
- 2 to 3 drops essential oils: for a seasonal twist, choose cinnamon or peppermint
Mix the baking soda, essential oils, and water together. Pour the mixture into a spray container. Shake this up to make the simple, yet effective freshening spray for your room. You can even add peppermint or cinnamon essential oils to the mixture to get into the holiday spirit!
2. Easy Freshener for Carpet
Carpet freshener recipe:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 shaker container
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Combine the ingredients into a shaker container — a parmesan cheese container works great! Shake this mixture onto your rug or carpet. After letting it sit, vacuum your carpet.
3. Pet Smell Eliminator
Fresh pet recipe:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 spray bottle
- 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
- 12 drops of lavender or spearmint essential oils
Mix the ingredients together and spray on the areas of your house that need a refresh! Check with your vet before using these, but consider choosing essential oils from lavender or spearmint — these are safe for pets!
4. Fridge Odor Buster
Fridge deodorizer recipe:
- 12 drops of essential oils
- 1 jar
- 1 cup baking soda
Place the cup of baking soda inside a container such as a jar. Combine 12 drops of your favorite essential oil fragrance — a citrus scent like lemon is great for the fridge! Place the open jar of this mixture on a shelf in your fridge — baking soda works great for soaking up smells fridge smells.
5. Washing Machine Cleaner
Recipe for the washing machine:
- 20 drops of essential oils
- 3 to 4 cups of white vinegar
- ½ cup of baking soda
Wipe down any debris that may be present, like in the gasket or rubber liner with vinegar. Next, fill the detergent tray with this mixture and run a cycle on the hot setting. Don’t do this with clothes! Once the cycle is complete, dry off any moisture that may be remaining with a cloth to prevent mildew growth.
6. Microwave Freshener
Microwave cleaner recipe:
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 microwave-safe bowl
- 1 cup of water
Fill a microwave-safe bowl with a cup of water and baking soda and mix with a cup of water and heat for three minutes in the microwave. The steam from the hot baking soda loosen up any gunk that’s stuck to the walls of the microwave. Remove the hot bowl carefully from and wipe down the oven with a reusable bamboo unpaper towel from ecozoi. To leave a fresh scent, you can even wipe the microwave down with a citrus-scented essential oil.
7. Simmer Pot Air Freshener
Simmer pot recipe:
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 bay leaf
Combine all these ingredients into a small slow cooker or a pot you can place on the stove. Fill the pot or slow cooker halfway with water and turn the stove on low to release the scent! Check the water level periodically and add more water as needed.
8. Deodorizer for Your Closet
Scented sachet recipe:
- Dried herbs or flowers of your choice
- Small fabric sachets
- Optional: essential oils
To create these simple DIY sachets, pick out your choice of dried flowers or herbs. If you want a scent that’s more floral, choose rose or lavender. If you want a scent that is more on the earthy side, choose an herb like rosemary. Add your dried herbs or flowers to the fabric sachets and tie off the bag with ribbon. To make the scent stronger, place a few drops of essential oils of your choice into the sachets.
9. Debris Cleaner for the Garbage Disposal
If there’s bad smells creeping out of the sink, there’s a good chance it may be the garbage disposal. Little bits of food that got washed dishes can get caught in the garbage disposal, creating smelly odors that linger. To get rid of this problem, here’s an easy hack:
- To clean the disposal: Run the disposal after placing sliced citrus peels into it to get rid of odors. As the blades chop up the citrus peels, a nice refreshing scent will be left behind!
- To freshen the blades: Place a large cup of ice cubes down into the disposal. Then, turn it on and add a half a cup of salt. The salt and ice will mix together to scrub the built-up off the inside of your disposal.
10. Cigarette Smoke Remover
Removing cigarette odors from your space can definitely be a pain! Odors from cigarette smells seem to cling on to any surface they come in contact with, like your new armchair, carpet, and even the drapes. Rather than trying to cover up the smell with chemical air fresheners, consider using a DIY method to neutralize or absorb it:
- To neutralize: A common household item that works great when it comes to neutralizing odors is white vinegar. It contains a low pH level and targets the high pH content of smoke. Boil a pot of vinegar on the stove for a quick fix — the steam will circulate through the air and help remove the odor. You can also try using the vinegar as a wash by scrubbing it on upholstery or walls that have a smoke smell.
- To absorb: Sprinkle baking soda on surfaces that smell like cigarette smoke, or fill several small bowls with baking soda and place around your space to absorb the smoke particles. If you have it on hand, activated charcoal is also very effective at absorbing these stubborn odors.
Try washing your windows, window coverings, and carpets if the above doesn’t work. Consider also repainting your walls with odor-blocking primers or replacing fixtures such as cabinets. For this full list of recipes, save the infographic from TurboTenant!
From baking soda and essential oils to cinnamon sticks and citrus peels, using these natural deodorizing recipes will come to mind the next time you need to freshen your space!
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