When it comes to cleaning my home I really try to use all natural products. The same holds true for deodorizers. I don’t want my family breathing in all those chemicals all the time. After lots of testing and trial and error I found 10 ways to keep my house naturally odor free!
Sometimes living spaces just smell funky. Maybe the garbage was left in the can too long or you cooked something and the smell is lingering.
We have all been there at some point or another.
I happen to have 3 dogs and 3 kids and things can get stinky quick if I don’t stay on top of it. I needed solutions to keep my home naturally odor free that really worked.
Here are the things that I do to keep my home naturally odor free:
Dirt, dust and dander are the biggest odor culprits. That is why I make sure to stay on top of my cleaning routine and vacuum every day.
You may not need to vacuum quite as often…remember I have 3 kids and 3 dogs!
While we are on the topic of cleaning, mopping with a mixture of white vinegar and water is also a great deodorizer. Just make sure it is okay to use vinegar on your floors!
Don’t forget to clean the outside of your house as well. You want everywhere to be as clean as possible. That’s why you should check out someone like NICK’S Window Cleaning company to help you keep the outside of your house clean (as well as odor free!).
Keep pets clean and well groomed.
Some dogs, like my GSD/Lab mix have sensitive skin and shouldn’t be bathed too often. Instead of monthly baths for him I have a special shed tool and I brush him OUTSIDE every morning. GSDs are notorious shedders and Rudy is no exception. One of the best things to do is get yourself a pet carpet cleaner, this can keep on top of all the fluff and shedding from your pets! Normal vacuums won’t work well on pet hair, it will become clogged and cause your vacuum to break down.
I also use waterless baths for my other two dogs on occasion, like in the winter time.
Wash pet bedding weekly.
We use old blankets for pet beds because it is easy to put the whole thing in the wash and then hang it on the line to dry.
I found that the pillow type pet beds were hard to wash, would bunch up and were never the same after being put in the machine.
That is my rule, all pet bedding, every part of it, must be machine washable.
Air out the house regularly.
We don’t have AC or central heating. We’ve debated it before, but I need to read more about the pros and cons before I go ahead with getting anything installed. In the meantime, opening the windows for at least a few minutes every day is a must. Most days I leave the windows open until it gets too hot and then I will turn on our window unit. I have been thinking about getting an AC to help with air quality and I have discussed with the family getting central heating put into the house for the future. Friends have told me it is always best to look around for deals on AC’s to see which one would be best, they recommended the AirNow company to me. AirNow Cooling & Heating has a lot of offerings to give people so it is worth a look!
Yes, I even do this in the winter time! Although I don’t keep the windows or doors open as long. Fresh air circulating goes a long way to keeping your house naturally odor free.
Deep clean carpets and rugs once or twice a year.
Cleaning carpets too often can cause a mildew problem in your padding. Even with three dogs a deep cleaning every 6 months or so does the trick. T
There are tons of natural carpet cleaning solutions out there but I like Biokleen Carpet and Rug Cleaner.
Hide boxes of baking soda in inconspicuous places around your house.
The little boxes you put in the fridge to help eliminate odor work wonders for keeping your house naturally odor free. I hide them behind large pieces of furniture like book cases and couches.
No one has EVER noticed them and they really do work.
Diffuse odor eating essential oils.
These oils do not just mask the smell like some products do. They are true deodorizers.
Another thing I do is make a carpet freshener out of baking soda and odor eating essential oils. My favorite blend is Patchouli and lavender. This is also fabulous for freshening mattresses!
Other deodorizing essential oils are:
Clean your sink garbage disposal regularly.
Those things get nasty quick! I clean ours weekly and about mid-week I toss some spent lemon rinds in there to freshen it up.
Place bowls of white vinegar around the house to absorb big smells.
This sounds totally weird but it really does work.
If I cook something and the smell is lingering too long I put the bowls of vinegar on the counters overnight and by morning the odor is gone!
Then I dump the vinegar on the weeds in our driveway!
Keep your indoor garbage pails clean.
Wipe them out every time you remove the full bag. A few drops of deodorizing essential oils go a long way in the bottom of the garbage pail as well.
See how easy it is to ditch the VOC ridden sprays and cleaners? That stuff just temporarily masks odors and it isn’t good for our lungs or our planet.
There you have it! All the ways I keep my home naturally odor free! Is there anything that I should add to the list?
Let me know in the comments section!