A new season, a new beginning. This means getting rid of unwanted smells in your home! Check out these tips we found on!

Air it out

If the weather cooperates, air out smelly rooms frequently with fresh air. Try circulating stale air with a fan to invite new air in from the outside or another area of the house. Additionally, change the air filters frequently to prevent the odor from circulating to all parts of the house.

Try lemons

Many lingering odors are a result of cooking foods such as fish and onions. Eliminate these odors by cutting two lemons in half and boiling them in a small amount of water for several minutes. The steam disperses the lemons’ aroma and helps neutralize the offending smell. When you’re done, run the lemons through your garbage disposal to freshen it.

The old-fashioned way

Commercial odor-neutralizing cleansers are available, but some common household products can be very effective as well. For instance, humble, versatile vinegar zaps many odors. Just fill a bowl or pan full of vinegar and let it sit in the center of the stinky room for 24 hours.

Baking soda is another inexpensive yet effective way to absorb and neutralize household odors. Apply on a stubborn, wet stain after you’ve blotted up the excess to absorb lingering moisture. Leave an opened box in an odiferous area. Or sprinkle it directly on a smelly carpet, wait an hour or more, then vacuum the powder (and the odor) away.

Other common products that effectively trap odors include cat litter and charcoal. Leave cat litter in an open box or tub to sop up smells. Or place charcoal in a container with several holes poked in it. Throw the entire container away when the offending scent is gone.

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Next time you have guests over you’ll never have to worry about them getting a whif of last week’s meal when they step through the door.

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