What you need are just basic supplies that you can find in the kitchen and some products that you used often. When you follow these, then you’ll surely have a better-smelling home and not have to worry about the musty odor anymore.
Check out these simple hacks to achieve a fresh-smelling home!
1) Get rid of musty furniture odors with vinegar and water
- 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.
2) Use a slow-cooker to soak up odors
- Pour water into your slow cooker and add 3 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 odors are absorbed. Just make sure to keep an eye on it so the water doesn’t cook off and burn the baking soda.
- Feel free to add a slice of lemon, a stick of cinnamon, or a couple drops of essential oil.
3) Place homemade air fresheners around your home using Downy Unstopables.
- Supplies needed will be: small mason jar, craft paper or swatch of burlap, needle or toothpick, baking soda, Downy Unstopables in a scent of your preference.
- Cut a square of burlap or paper the size of the mason jar lid and set aside.
- Fill jars about a quarter full with baking soda.
- Add about a quarter capful of Downy Unstopables on top of the baking soda.
- If using craft paper, place the piece of paper inside the outer ring of the mason jar lid. Use a toothpick/need to poke holes in the paper, screw the cap on, voila!
- If using burlap, place the piece of burlap over the jar and screw the outer ring onto the jar.
- The full tutorial with photos is at Redefined Mom.
4) Use activated charcoal
5) Make your own fabric spray
- Fill a spray bottle with water, a tablespoon of baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Give it a good shake and spray away!
6) Create your own plug-in refill
- Use pliers to remove the wick from your plug-in air freshener. Rinse the bulb if necessary.
- Fill the bulb halfway with your favorite 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.
7) DIY pet odor removal spray
- Mix two parts water to one part mouthwash in a spray bottle (Crafty Little Bee recommends Listerine since it’s the strongest on the market).
- Spray away!
8) Garbage disposal smells
9) Hang a teabag to absorb odors
10) Get rid of musty dryer smell
11) Sewage smells
12) Freshen up your dishwasher
13) Banish cigarette odors
14) Remove odors from cutting boards
15) Keep trash cans odor-free
16) Get rid of fridge odors
17) Keep your toilet odor-free
18) Freshen up a musty mattress smell
19) Clear out your microwave
20) Closet odors
21) Use coffee grounds
22) Boil vinegar
23) Use your lightbulbs
24) Remove set-in carpet odors
- Put on a pair of rubber or latex gloves.
- Gently mix a quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a quarter-cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid soap in a plastic container. Don’t mix far in advance or store in a closed container.
- Pour or spray the solution directly onto affected areas and allow to sit for 24 hours before blotting excess liquid. Allow to air dry,” explains Almanac.
25) Remove skunk odor from pets
26) Fake the bake
27) Boil citrus peels
28) Remove lunch box smells
29) Hide small bowls of white vinegar
30) Soak cotton balls in vanilla
31) Coffee in the trash
32) Add this to your kitty litter
33) Absorb sneaker odor
34) Vodka air freshener
• 3/4 cup water
• 2 tablespoons vodka
• 10-20 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, tea tree, peppermint, vanilla, etc.)
Mix together, and store in a spray bottle for up to a month.