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How to Deodorize Your Home Naturally

Updated on September 21, 2014
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Getting rid of certain scents in your house can be challenging at times. Most of us are tempted to grab the nearest spray can or open a window if the weather permits. Instead of using these options there are alternative, healthier options to chose from. Most of the ingredients could be right in your home already and you haven't used them to your fullest potential. What's even better is that using milder and natural methods can be benefiical to those who have certain respiratory allergies or diseases that become aggravated by the use of spray cans, incense or burned oils.

Read on and gain some insight on the use of natural-based products to bring great scents to your home.

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Cinnamon Sticks

This solution is especially effective around the fall/wintertime to have that “holiday” aroma around your home. But anytime of the year is great in using this method. Take 2 medium sized cinnamon sticks and place in a small saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water (approximately ¾ of the saucepan full). Place the saucepan on the stove and put on low/simmer setting. Keep on this setting for at 30 minutes. Be sure to check the pot periodically so that it doesn’t burn down as it evaporates. The aroma will literally travel to every part of the house. To keep the simmer going, add more water as needed. Cinnamon sticks last for a while and can be used numerous times in this fashion. If you want a stronger smell, add more sticks and of course a bigger pot.

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If the smell of cinnamon is not your preference, the use of vinegar will provide a more neutral smell to your home. There are a couple of ways you can use vinegar for air freshener. For the first option, you will need a small saucepan filled a little more than halfway with distilled white vinegar. Keep the pan on a low simmer and monitor periodically while burning. Any unpleasant smell that’s lingering around your home will be wiped out by the vinegar. If you don’t want to use the stovetop, pour vinegar into a bowl and place in the corner of a room. Before long, the vinegar will have the same effect. Take note that even though the original smell of vinegar is not the most pleasant, it is not the scent it will leave when simmered on the stovetop or placed in the corner. Vinegar someway somehow sucks up all smells around your house without leaving any side smells, including the vinegar itself.

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Have you burned something on the stove and it took forever to get rid of the awful smell? Next time, try slicing and onion and placing it in a bowl of water. You can place the bowl on top of a table or in a corner of any room. Like vinegar, this solution will eliminate the strong odor, (especially burnt food smell) and leave a neutral smell instead. Don’t worry, the house won’t smell like onions. Instead, the onion acts like a sponge and absorbs the unpleasant odor of smoke.

Lemons are a great way to not just clean, but deodorize your home as well.
Lemons are a great way to not just clean, but deodorize your home as well.

A Great Combination of Lemon and Rosemary


In addition to the numerous uses this fruit has around the home and in the kitchen, it can also be used as an air freshener. Like cinnamon and vinegar, you can also warm lemons with water on the stove top. Slice some lemons and place in a pot. Cover them with water and let them simmer for about an hour. This will also help remove any stubborn stains from your pot (an extra perk!).

Essential Oils

Essential Oils can be used in a variety of ways to scent your home. One way is to pour boiled water into a glass bowl and add several drops of your favorite oil and let the elements take their course. You can place the bowl anywhere in the house and it’s a quick way to get rid of food or other unwanted smells right before company comes over. You can also take cotton balls and dab oil on them and place them in different parts of the house; closets, under the couch, vents or drawers. You can mix your favorite oil with water and pour into a spritz bottle. Spray the solution around the house or wherever desired. This is also a simple and easy way to deodorize your home without the use of canned sprays or other potentially harmful chemicals.

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Other great advantages

  • These techniques can be especially useful in the colder months when opening a window for fresh air is out of the question. The natural elements of the fruits, plants and oils and help keep the air inside your home clean and even help fight certain diseases. For example, eucalyptus oil is used to fight off the flu.
  • Are the dogs driving you crazy? Take lavender oil and place drops of it into a bowl of boiled water and watch it take effect. Lavender has a calming effect on dogs, especially if they’re anxious or being unusually hyper.
  • The more natural the better. Constant exposure to chemicals such as ethanol and carbon dioxide can become harmful to one’s health after a while.

Do you have a favorite homemade recipe that you use? Share in the comments!


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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Lavender is such a great calming scent! I also like to use eucalyptus every now and then. But I agree - cinnamon is very effective in combating unwanted smells! Thanks for reading, teaches12345!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love the scent of lavender and use it to bring sweetness to our home. Once in a while I will boil cinnamon in the kitchen to chase out any lingering odors. Great post on natural ways to deodorize the home.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      PinkstonePictures, try it out - you'll love it! Thanks for stopping by!

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      PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I'm totally going to try the cinnamon sticks idea. It'll smell like Christmas all year round :-)

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      So do I, WiccanSage. I personally love the cinnamon solution. It makes the whole house smell great - for days! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Awesome ideas-- I love using natural products whenever possible.