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A Cheap, Easy Way to Deodorize your Home

Updated on June 28, 2012
A simple use for vinegar
A simple use for vinegar | Source

Our House Smells

I am not going to lie our house smells. It smells musty, damp, and ewwww. We are going to have the problem remedied at a large cost but they can't come start work until next month. We bought the house a year and a half ago - never buy a house in the middle of the winter before things defrost. Our crawlspace is the problem and the sewer lines run directly below of furnace and air conditioning vents. It is a bad combination and it brings all the lovely crawlspace smells up into our house every time the air conditioner is turned on. Today it is going to be 103° F - that is hot. So the air is on.

essential oik
essential oik | Source
next to the radio - ewww I need to dust
next to the radio - ewww I need to dust | Source
under the TV
under the TV | Source
this needs a little cleaning - It is in the kitchen and seems to need to most refilling
this needs a little cleaning - It is in the kitchen and seems to need to most refilling | Source
already on display so add a little vinegar and oil
already on display so add a little vinegar and oil | Source

Vinegar - The miracle worker

I use Vinegar a lot in my house and this is just one of my favorite uses.

Vinegar in an open container acts like a deodorizer and as it work it evaporates. I simply add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar and place around the room. I choose to use lemon essential oil for this and it makes the house smell fresh. I got the essential oil off amazon for a few dollars and the gallon of vinegar was less than $2.

I used vases I already had or display items that were capable of holding liquid. The dollar store always has some great vases that you could use too. I buy a great deal of dollar store vases for various activities and projects.

I have several vases, bowls, and other items in certain locations to help. I even have a baby jar full on the windowsill in the laundry room.

The Smell

This is a nice solution for everyday odors but doesn't always mask our horrific crawlspace smell. Don't worry perma seal will be here soon to fix that problem and I am counting down the days. I do put one on each of my kids dressers and it does work on stinky boy smell nicely. The bathroom is another great place to work on eliminating odor.


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    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from IL

      You don't actually smell the vinegar, but thanks for asking. And yes that would be an improvement over some smells

    • Kayness profile image


      6 years ago

      And having the whole house smell like vinegar is an improvement?

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from IL

      I haven't seen any gnats around. The lemon oil was just to add a pleasant smell. Not sure what the solution to gnats is.

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      Vingar works great for many things and this is one of them. I have done just that set it around the house. Voted up

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This sounds interesting but doesn't it draw gnats? Does the lemon oil combat that! I have read to wash things in vinegar but it seems anything like that around my house just draw gnats with no open doors. Go figure?

    • eHealer profile image


      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Very useful tips. My house only smells after I cook fish (which is often), I'll try this and let you know what happens. Thanks


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