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Freshen Your Home

Updated on June 19, 2012

Inventive Ways to Freshen Your Home

My house stunk. It smelled like mildew, dog, and smoke. I was in college, and had just moved into my first apartment, and it was embarrassing. For a first timer, it was quite the learning experience of finding ways to deodorize my living space. Candles and basic air fresheners weren't cutting it, and I didn't really have the budget for anything better. So, I started doing a little research and discovered a few things that really helped.

My New Best Friend

The first thing I discovered was the power of some good baking soda.

I sprinkled it on the carpets, on my mattress, in the fridge, in the tub, on the new ancient couch I had just gotten for free, in the toilet, and everywhere else I could manage. After letting it sit overnight, I vacuumed until the smell was gone!

Tackling Smoke Odors

This was a challenge. I didn't have the time or energy to wash the walls/ceiling/every other surface in the house like some suggest, but I did have some vinegar and a bunch of bowls and cups. I placed vinegar all around my house in whatever containers I had, and let it sit.

As the smell of vinegar went away, I noticed that the smoke smell had dramatically decreased as well.

The Finishing Touches

I finished my odor eliminating process by attaching dryer sheets to the air vents, and putting some vanilla essential oil on cotton balls and placing them strategically around the apartment. I also put dryer sheets in my decorative pillows on my couch, and cleaned the tile floors with a lemon solution that leaves a nice non chemical scent.

Before guests would come over I would do a few last minute things if I was concerned.

If I had time, I would bake cookies right before. It helps hide anything else that may be lingering and is a great treat. Or I would put 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract in a coffee mug and put it in the oven on 300 for an hour it makes your house smell incredible and is what realtors do!

So my severely smelly home became breathable again with a low budget and not a lot of work!


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      6 years ago from Hub Page

      Very good advice! Thanks for sharing.


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