Houses old and new have issues with mold and mildew. Older houses develop leaks over time, letting moisture in where it shouldn’t be. New houses are built so tight they trap too much moisture inside.
As a homeowner or renter, you need to be mindful of indoor air quality. If you feel congested or have watering eyes at home, but feel better when you’re away, that’s a red flag.
1.Baking Soda or Carpet Powder
Again, this one is for more mild to moderate smells. Grab some good old-fashioned baking soda, put it in a bowl and place it in the furniture. The bigger the piece the more baking soda you’ll need. For example, if you’re working on a dresser you’ll need a bowl in each drawer. Close it up and leave it for at least a week. Probably two if you’re dealing with a more serious smell. The baking soda will absorb it up like magic. You can also try using one of those odor eliminating carpet powders like this one. Use it in the exact same way as the baking soda.
2.Vinegar & Water Solution
This is an old-school trick that works well for those really, really funky smells. White vinegar will work the best, but if you don’t have that on hand you can try apple cider vinegar as well. Just mix water and vinegar together using a 1:1 ratio and thoroughly wipe down your piece of furniture, then allow it to air dry. Or you can also fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray it down, whichever your little heart desires. This stuff definitely works. Vinegar is a great natural cleaner and will do the trick just fine!
3.Paint with a Powerful Primer
This is the one that works best for those really strong odors that just don’t want to go away. When I bought this old dresser from Salvation Army last year it had that classic musty smell. The whole thing smelled awful actually. I painted it using this KILZ Multi-Surface Primer and I was seriously ammmmmazed at how well that primer blocked the smell. It’s like it sealed it all in and gave me a fresh canvas to start from. If you’re willing to paint the piece of furniture, even if it’s just the inside, I’d definitely consider giving primer a try. This works really well if your furniture has a serious smell problem going on. It sure worked wonders for me!
4.Chemical free air freshener
This is a cheap and easy way to refresh the aroma in your home, without using toxic chemicals. When it’s time to replace the air filter, rub each side with your favorite essential oil. Use a pipette to help you place a few drops of essential oil in the new filter, then place the filter as usual. The air will spread your favorite aroma throughout the room of your house. If you want a strong aroma, you can add a few more drops. The smell of your home will be fresh in a short time.
5. Car fragrances
We all know this tool is designed to produce a fragrant smell on the car. If you want to add a new aroma to your home, you can make creations with these tools, such as applying or placing clips on car freshener on a vent or window of the house.
6. Fragrant candles
Even though the name is a candle, you don’t have to light a candle. This is another substitute solution to renew the scent of your home at a cheap and effective price. Adding simple household appliances such as Gain Fireworks to light candles can leave fresh scents in your home for hours. But if you want to avoid chemicals, try using water and essential oils.
7. Baking soda
Maybe you are not an expert in the kitchen, but you can still use kitchen tools to make your home fresher. Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water and pour the solution into your rice cooker pan. Set the position so that your rice cooker is cooking and close the pan. Not long, this solution will begin to absorb any bad odors in your home.
You don’t need a special product to have a very fragrant and fragrant house – just do this trick using herbs and spices. Collect a few slices of oranges, herbs, spices, extracts, and branches that smell delicious. Place the mixture in a jar, then pour water. Pour it all into your pan or rice cooker, but still set the rice cooker to produce low heat. You can make your own unique fragrance to keep the smell of your home the way you like it.
9. Vanilla coffee beans
Do you like the smell of coffee, even when you are not drinking coffee? So this can be the next trick! Pour a handful of vanilla coffee beans into a small bowl or jar. Place a small candle in the center. Candles will heat the coffee beans around, and fill the air of your home with the aroma of vanilla coffe bean.
10. Simple powder
Carpet can be a source of unpleasant odor in your home. Washing your carpet is not easy, but this powder can take bad odors without having to drain your energy. Mix Borax and baking soda in the same amount. Then add oil and lemon juice to bring out the aroma you like. Sprinkle the powder on all parts of your carpet, leave it for at least an hour, then clean it with a vacuum cleaner. Essential oils can neutralize bad odors and the aroma of lemon can give a fresh aroma.
11. Warm vanilla extract
This is one of the easiest ways to fill your home with vanilla scent. Put a few teaspoons of vanilla extract and put it in the oven. Heat it up, and after it’s done, you can breathe in the delicious smell of vanilla extract in every breath.
12. Drying paper
This method looks a little strange, but this is one of the effective ways to reduce the smell of your home. Attach a few sheets of dryer to the front of the fan or air conditioner. Fresh aroma will blow throughout the room.
The best way to make your home smell amazing is to make everyone’s favorite dessert, Cookies, because they can produce a pleasant and delicious odor! Your nose will make your appetite increase.
Having a pleasant home aroma is important, and changing the aroma in your home is a small way to reduce the bad smell in your home. Try some of these simple tricks and enjoy the amazing aroma from your home. (Shareably.net/Intan)
14. For really tough carpet stains use an iron and damp washcloth
Want to get rid of those nasty set-in carpet stains? I use an iron and damp washcloth. The warmth from the iron and dampth of the cloth attaches to dirt and breaks it apart.
15. Cutting boards
To get all those pesky food particles on cutting boards halve a lemon and sprinkle some kosher salt to rub along the board. This works magic getting those deep lodged in particles to dislodge. After, take a little warm water and dish soap to rinse your board off.
16. Cookie sheets
Want those old cookie sheets to sparkle like new again? Take a mixure of 1/4 cup baking soda and add enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Next rub the paste all over your sheet in small little circles. Let it sit for 2-3 hours and then rinse. Like new again.
17. Shower head
A quick way to clean and de-clog shower heads is to grab a small plastic bag and fill it with white vinegar. Get a twisty tie and wrap it around your shower head. Leave it there for 2 hours and then wipe down with water after you remove the bag. Your shower head should be off-the-shelf new again.
One simple tip for cleaning mattresses is to first vaccum everything on the surface and then sprinkle baking soda over the top. Let it sit for 2 hours and come back and vaccum off the baking soda.
19. Cheese grater
Instead of destroying a perfectly good sponge, grab a potato. The oxalic acid in potatos quickly grabs onto and dislodges the gunk and residue. You can use the shredded potatoes for hash browns 🙂
Got a grimy microwave? Simply fill a bowl with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and microwave at high for 2 minutes. This will steam clean the microwave from the inside. Then simply wipe down and the grime will come right off.
Want a quick way to clean piles of plastic toys? Throw them into your washing machine. Just make sure the plastic isn’t too thin or flimsy or it could melt. I use the short wash cycle.
22. Coffee maker
Fill your coffee maker’s chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Brew, using a paper filter, until half of the chamber is empty. Turn off the machine for 30 minutes and let sit. After 30 minutes, finish brewing. Use a new paper filter to brew a pot of clear water. Then repeat this step. That’s all you need to enjoy mold free coffee.
23. Cast iron pans
Want to clean your cast iron pan but don’t want to harm the flavor magic. Simply use kosher salt and olive oil. Don’t believe us? Check out this 30 second video. How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
24. Gunk remover
Use a solution of 1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda to remove sticky residues.
Let your blender clean itself. After you’re done making smothies simply add some warm water and a few kisses of dish soap and turn your blender on for a few seconds. See this in action:
To clean your toothbrush simply mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and let sit for 30 minutes. Then rinse in the tap.
Don’t neglect the outsides of appliances. To clean grime and gunk off appliances, simply mix some water and cream of tartar and get scrubbing.
Want an all natural way to clean your oven just as well as store-bought cleaners like 409? Check out this all-natural oven cleaner recipe that will get your ovens sparkling like new again: Oven Cleaner Recipe
There’s a pretty simple method for cleaning your Keurig. You only need to do it once in a while and it makes a big difference in the quality of your cup o’ Joe. Just grab some regular white distilled vinegar and follow these instructions.
30. Stove Burners
You thought these were impossible to get completely clean, but there’s a simple solution that works wonders.
31. Tile Grout
Mix together 3/4 cups of baking soda together with 1/4 cup of bleach to create a thick paste. Then using the brush, apply the paste to the dirty grout and let sit for about 10 minutes. After that, work the cleaner deeper into the grout with the brush. Allow to sit for another 5-10 minutes, then rinse the cleaner off of the grout. Once the grout has completely dried, you’re sure to be stunned by the effectiveness of this cleaning technique!
32. George Forman Grill
This great cleaning method involves zero scrubbing of the grill. We love it!
Try this homemade cleaning solution to bring jewelry back to its former luster.
34. Sanitizing Sponges
I kind of get grossed out by sponges. Do you? I just feel like they are perfect for harboring millions of germs. I do like the sponges with the rough side for scrubbing out hard-to-clean pots and pans, but end up throwing them out before their life cycle is over. What a waste! Instead, put them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and watch as the microbes sizzle away.
35. Kitchen Cabinet Gunk Remover
Have you taken a close look at your cabinet doors lately, especially around the handles? You’d be surprised at how much gunk can accumulate over time. To be honest, I’m not sure that I’ve ever given my cabinet doors a good scrub. Yikes! This cabinet cleaner only requires 2 ingredients, and you probably already have them right in the cabinet that needs to be cleaned.
36. Clean Small Toys In A Laundry Bag
I’ve never thought to wash anything in my washing machine other than clothes, but I suppose a laundry bag can make it possible to clean so much more, including small lego pieces! You could also use this concept in the dishwasher.
37. Cookie Sheet Miracle Cleaner
I actually have a few cookie sheets that look just like that – gross! They seem to rust and get grimy really fast. I just cover them with foil before doing any actual baking. Time for a cleaning? I think so. Not only does this cookie sheet miracle cleaner only require two ingredients, but there’s also no scrubbing required! Just let it sit and do its job while you tackle other things.
38. Clean Fan Blades With A Pillow Case
If you’re anything like me, you have about a dozen extra pillow cases laying around in a spare closet. Wait, is that just me? Use one to slide onto the blades of your ceiling fans, and then wipe the blades off inside the case. No more dust in your face! So quick and easy, too.
39. Cleaning Between Oven Glass
Bet you didn’t know you could go there, did ya? I didn’t! That double paned window on your oven somehow manages to collect grime over time, and it would seem impossible to even attempt to clean it, but it’s easier than you might think! Especially if you already happen to have a wire hanger, Windex wipes, and a few rubber bands handy.
40. Removing Labels In A Flash
Why must ceramic manufacturers use the stickiest labels they can possibly find? WHY? I recently encountered this problem after I replaced all of my old dinnerware, and then spent 30 minutes trying (trying!) to remove the labels. Next time, I’ll remove them the easy way with Oxi-Clean! Wish I had know this years ago.
41. Use Salt To Clean Your Iron
Salt? Yep! Pour salt on your ironing board (Perhaps cover with a pillow case or something to make clean up easier), and then iron the salt with the steam option off. The dirt on your iron will stick to the salt, making for an easy clean!
42. Squeegee Hair Picker Upper
A new use for an old item! Turns out your squeegee has a brilliant use other than getting your windows squeaky clean. Use one as a quick and easy way to wipe pet hair off of your carpets and rugs.
43. Rubber Gloves To Remove Pet Hair
Dampen one of your rubber gloves a little, and then use it to remove pet hair from furniture. The damp rubber material is like a magnet to hair!
44. Shopvac Cleaning Tip
Who needs all of those fancy attachments when you have a squeeze bottle top? This would be handy getting all of those little nooks in the car, too.
45. Cleaning Your Pillows
Did you know that all of that yellowing that happens over time to your pillows is from sweat? I didn’t realize we sweat so much while sleeping. Yuck! Let me be perfectly honest here (don’t judge me), I’ve never washed a pillow before. I just replace them after a year or so. I guess I just assumed you couldn’t put them in the washing machine. Well, I was wrong. You can also make your own Miracle Laundry Whitening Solution. Time for me to hit the laundry room so I can rest in peace tonight.
46. Garbage Disposal Cleaning Trick
You might already know that ice sharpens the blades in your garbage disposal, and that throwing a lemon in there freshens and cleans it up. Why not combine the cleaning solution with the blade sharpener? Genius! Just a couple of ingredients and an ice cube tray, and you’re set.
47. Removing Hard Water
I think most of us have a problem with hard water, even if just a little bit. It seems almost impossible to get off, too! I have bought those smelly abrasive cleaning products that promise to get rid of it, but even that doesn’t help entirely. You’d be surprised at the one ingredient that will eat it away, and you probably already have a bottle of it in your kitchen.
What? Clean my air conditioner? I would never think to do this, but it could help the unit cool your house a little better. It is outside after all, collecting dust, dirt, and other debris throughout the year. All of these things hinder its ability to work at full capacity.
49. Fix Scratches On Wood
The easy way! I don’t know how these 2 ingredients make for such a magical solution, but it seems to work really well! And I’m thrilled that I already have them conveniently stocked in my kitchen. Simply mix together 3/4 part oil (olive oil or vegetable oil) with 1/4 part white vinegar. The ratio doesn’t have to be exact! Just eyeball it. Then, use a soft cloth or rag and rub the mixture into any imperfections or scratches on your wood furniture or cabinets. That’s it! I can’t believe the transformation on this one. I used this trick on my piano bench and kitchen cabinets– worked like a charm! They look brand new.
50. Cleaning Oil Stains On Your Driveway
This has always been my husband’s department (I’m pretty sure I’ve seen him dumping cat litter on the driveway). I guess he didn’t know about Pour-N-Restore, the oil stain remover that starts out as a liquid and dries into a powder! This way it’s easy to apply, and then once it’s dry you can just sweep it up. Very cool.