Discovering a foul odor in your home is an unpleasant experience. The cause could range from trash buildup to pet defecation to a child accident, but the odor can linger even after the cause has been removed. A number of odor removers can accelerate the process of restoring your home to its regular scent by either absorbing the odor or counteracting it.
White vinegar is a very effective cleaning agent that can be used all around the house for cleaning up dirt, grease, carpet stains and other messes. It also is a natural deodorizer that can be used in several ways to remove an offensive scent from your home. Spray white vinegar onto a pet stain to help get rid of the scent. Kitchen smells can be removed by filling a pot with white vinegar, bringing it to a boil and letting the steam fill the room. The vinegar scent will dissipate on its own within a few minutes once the vinegar cools down. It can also be used to disinfect and deodorize trashcans and drains.
Baking soda absorbs odors and is therefore frequently used in fridges and freezers to prevent odor from accumulating. It is also useful on carpeting because you can sprinkle it on stains or smelly areas and let it sit overnight. The baking soda can then be vacuumed up, and it will take much of the odor with it. Baking soda is also useful for maintenance in that an open box can be left in a camper or other confined space that won't be used for awhile, and it helps prevent the odor of mold or stale air from percolating. Baking soda can also be used for body odor when applied to the underarms.
Bleach is useful as a powerful disinfectant; it eliminates odors by killing the germs and bacteria that cause much of it. Bleach needs to be handled carefully because it is very corrosive and will damage the skin on contact. It should always be diluted with water prior to use and should not be used on fabric or carpeting without performing a color test first to prevent fading. Bleach is useful for disinfecting drains and for removing odors from bathrooms. Bleach fumes are toxic when inhaled, so keep the area well ventilated when using it.
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