Five DIY tips to banish nasty smells from your house
Sometimes, it may seem like no matter how often you clean your living room, scrub your bathroom and scour your kitchen, some odours just never go away. But rather than keep running to the store to buy expensive odour removal products, you may try the following five hacks, as stated by http://www.homehacks.co. Your house is absolutely going to smell amazing.
- Use a slow cooker to soak up odours
Instead of covering odours up with sprays or other artificial scents, absorb them so they’re gone forever. All you need is a slow cooker, baking soda and water, then do the following:
Pour water into the cooker and add three tablespoons of baking soda.
Mix the ingredients together and turn the crockpot to the ‘low’ setting.
Keep the lid off and let simmer until all odours are absorbed. Just make sure to keep an eye on it so the water doesn’t cook off and burn the baking soda.
You may add a slice of lemon, a stick of cinnamon or a couple drops of essential oil.
- Create your own plug-in refill
Lots of people use plug-in air fresheners to keep their homes smelling fresh and clean, but the refills can make a dent in your wallet. Make your own instead through the following steps:
Use pliers to remove the wick from your plug-in air freshener. Rinse the bulb if necessary.
Fill the bulb halfway with your favourite essential oil.
Fill the rest of the bulb with water, making sure to leave enough room to reinsert the wick.
Insert the wick, give the bulb a shake, and plug back into the wall.
- Get rid of musty furniture odours with vinegar and water.
Vintage and antique furniture can get a bit of a funky smell at times. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to remedy this problem with a common household ingredient — vinegar!
Mix one part vinegar to one part water in a bowl. White vinegar is best but apple cider vinegar will work too.
Use a soft cloth to spread the solution onto the musty furniture pieces and allow to air dry.
Another option is to spray the solution onto the furniture with a spray bottle.
- Hang a teabag to absorb odours
Teabags are great for making a nice, hot cup of tea, but they are also wonderful at absorbing odours. Hang a few of your favourite smelling teabags in your closet for a lovely fresh scent.
- Make your own fabric spray
After months of being sat on, jumped on and laid on, furniture can gather some bad smells. Keep your pillows and cushions smelling fresh with a homemade fabric spray.
Fill a spray bottle with water, a tablespoon of baking soda, and a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
Give it a good shake and spray away!