A home serves as a breeding ground for smells emanating from areas like the kitchen, attic, basements, and pets. Sometimes, the odor can be quite pungent and if the weather does not permit opening the windows, other steps must be taken. Here are some quick ways to eliminate several of the most common household odors.
You will need:
• Small bowl
• Distilled vinegar
• Oven cleaner
• Dish detergent
• Paper towels
• Baking soda
• 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
• Microwave-safe bowl
• Small bowl
Step 1: Fish, broccoli, or asparagus odors can be removed by filling a small bowl with vinegar and placing the bowl on a counter near the stove.
Step 2: Oven spills can be quickly addressed by sprinkling salt on them to eliminate any smoky smell. When the oven cools, clean the burnt food using a sponge soaked in water and dish detergent or with an oven-cleaning product.
Step 3: Burnt popcorn smells can linger in a home for days. Place 1 ½ cups water, ½ of a lemon (chopped), and about 4 or 5 cloves into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave this on high until boiling and let it sit in the microwave until the water has cooled. Use a paper towel to wipe the microwave walls and leave the door open until the odor can no longer be smelled.
Step 1: If the odor is coming from the toilet, pour 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet and let it stand for 5 minutes. Scrub the bowl and then flush.
Step 2: Sink or bathtub drain odors can be eliminated by pouring a mixture of ½ cup water and ½ cup household bleach down the drain. Let it sit for one hour and then flush the drain with cold water.
Step 1: Cat litter boxes can become very stinky, even when empty. Remove the litter from the box and pour ½ inch of vinegar into it, then top this with baking soda. The mixture should bubble. Add a few inches of water and the stir. Allow the box to soak for a few hours and then pour out the liquid. Wash the box with hot, soapy water and dry it. Pour a layer of baking soda into the bottom of the box before adding fresh litter.
Step 2: When a dog gets attacked by a skunk, the odor can make tears come to your eyes. Mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) with 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and ¼ cup baking soda. Rub this onto the dog’s fur, rinse well, and dry the pup.