Certain spills on your kitchen floor can leave behind a sour odor. Some of these foods include milk and juices from fish or vegetables like cabbage or rutabagas. Wiping the area with a wet towel or mop alone usually won't completely get rid of the foul smell. You can deodorize your floor as you clean it by using some basic, inexpensive household products. The type of product that you use to neutralize sour odors depends on the type of floor that you have.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
Wood, Laminate and Linoleum Floors
Mix equal parts white vinegar and hot water in a bucket or sink.
Dip your mop into the mixture and use it to mop your floor.
Allow the floor to air dry. You may smell a strong scent of vinegar at first, but this fades as the floor dries. The vinegar also cleans the floor and neutralizes the offensive smell.
Natural Stone Floors
Sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda onto the affected areas of the floor. Allow the baking soda to sit for about 10 minutes to kill odors.
Dip your mop into hot soapy water and use it to clean the soiled areas.
Dip your mop in hot water (no soap) and go over the area once more to remove any soap or baking soda residue.
Dry the floor with a towel or allow it to air dry.
- "How the Queen Cleans Everything"; Linda Cobb; 2002
- Maryland Cooperative Extension: Alternatives for Household Products -- Helpful Hazardous Waste Reduction Hints
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