- Deodorize your dishwasher. Add 1 cup of lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best) to the bottom of your dishwasher and run just the rinse cycle to disinfect and deodorize it.
- Freshen up your whole kitchen. Fill a pot with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Simmer on your stove.
- Deodorize your sink. Put a handful of lemon, lime or orange peel in the sink disposal and run with water.
The oil from Eucalyptus is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it a great deodorizer. It can help freshen up musty places that are often kept closed off like closets. Its fragrance can help you breathe better by opening up your sinuses.
- Freshen a musty closet. Place a few branches in a closet or musty room. Be sure to check it in a few weeks and simply replace it when the fresh scent starts to go away.
- Polish Furniture. Add 2 Tbsp. of Eucalyptus oil to 1 gallon of water to use as an antiseptic spray, or as an all natural replacement for Pine-sol or Lysol.
Vinegar is one of the most versatile liquids around. Apple Cider Vinegar has incredible health properties when consumed, which is why I made it the main ingredient in my Secret Detox Drink. It’s also a great all natural alternative for everyday cleaning around the house. Don’t worry about the strong smell, it completely goes away when it dries.
- Neutralize hard-to-get-rid-of Odors. Add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to the fabric softener of your washing machine to neutralize bad odors that tend to stick around even after washing.
- Clean your washer. Every couple of months, run an empty washer load with 1 cup of vinegar to keep it clean and working well.
- Bathroom cleaner. Combine equal parts white distilled vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Ideal for hard to remove grime in your bathroom or shower.
- Hair Conditioner. I’ve been known to use a tablespoon of vinegar as a replacement for hair conditioner.
- Clean a clogged drain. Pour boiling white distilled vinegar down a clogged drain to remove the obstruction.
4. Baking Soda
- Neutralize odors in the fridge. Place an opened box of baking soda in the fridge to neutralize the bad smells created by food starting to go bad.
- A natural toothpaste. Sprinkle a little on a wet toothbrush and brush as normal. (I typically use approx. half a teaspoon, or a pinch)
Have your own tips for natural deodorizers? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
I had a lot of great feedback and tips from Facebook, so I thought I’d include some of the best ones here.
- Brandie – put orange and lemon rinds in a jar fill with vinegar and let sit for 2 weeks to marinate. Gives you an all purpose cleaner.
- Linda – I use a few drops of peppermint oil in a bowl when there is an unpleasant odor in the house or when I just want a nice smell when I’m having people over.
- I love using lemons to deodorize my garbage disposal. I also use essential oils, Purification and Thieves for cleaning. Thieves will kill mold and it doesn’t come back. I love my Young Living oils!
- Mona – I use lemon juice and eucalyptus as a brown recluse spider deterrent. I spray lemon juice on the underside of furniture and around windows and doors. I put eucalyptus in closets and other places they like to hide.
- Marc – I keep vinegar in my dishwasher rinse aid dispenser. It helps keep off the film that accumluates on your dishes.
- Angelique – Tea tree oil in water with vinegar for all purpose disinfectant and for keeping away bugs add peppermint. Do not use peppermint if nursing, it could lower your supply.
- Laura – Spray straight vodka on stinky upholstery and carpets as a natural “febreze.” it really gets out all the smells.
- Peggy – White distilled vinegar is good for pet urine spots. Even on wood floors. After you clean the area- wash it down with white vinegar. It worked for me so far.
- Heather – Distiller water and a good smelling organic essential oil in a small spray bottle and spray in rooms-nice (I like lavendar)
- RaDonna – 1 quart of H2O2, 10 drops of essential oil of thyme, 10 drops of essential oil of orange, and 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Wally – Texas Red Cedar oil. It keeps bugs away also, and can be used as a flea repellent for animals. Smells great!