Have you been noticing more smells around your home lately? The weather’s getting colder, meaning we close up our homes, also trapping in any bad scents.
Luckily, you don’t have to resort to chemical air fresheners to make your home smell clean – we have some awesome DIY solutions that are all natural.
Here’s how to banish those bad smells!
1. Rubbish bin deodoriser
Does your rubbish bin frequently unpleasant and stinky, even after emptying? Here’s how to make some deodorising disks to freshen it up.
- 3/4 cup bicarb soda
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 20 drops essential oil (optional)
- Mix the bicarb soda and distilled water to create a thick paste. Add more water if needed.
- Mix in essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into a silicone muffin pan, filling the muffin cup about half way.
- Let the mixture dry for 24-48 hours.
- Store in an airtight container and pop one in the bottom and rotate every few weeks.
2. Microwave stench eliminator
The awful stench of burnt food seems to hang around forever! To speed up the process…
- 1.5 cups water
- three or four chopped lemons
- clove spice
- Fill a large microwave-safe bowl with water and lemons along with a fragrant spice, like cloves.
- Bring to a boil in the microwave, and then leave it to steam inside for 15 minutes.
- Leave the door ajar for an hour or so to air the microwave out.
3. Dishwasher wash
Check that the drain hose isn’t bent, and look in the bottom of the machine for bits of food and gunk. Then, pour a litre of household vinegar in the bottom, let it sit for an hour or so, and run the washer through a full cycle.
4. Cutting board disinfectant
Scrub the wood with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda or salt. Rinse well and season with mineral oil.
5. Sink freshener
Whether you have an insinkerator or just a normal drain, it can get a bit smelly as the food leftovers and other things dry out. Your bathroom sink could get very stinky especially.
To fix this, here’s a simply drain cleaner recipe.
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup bicarb
- 1L hot water
- Pour the bicarb down the sink and let sit for a couple of minutes.
- Pour the vinegar and let it fizz up and settle. Leave for 15 minutes
- Rinse it all with hot water.
6. Mattress deodoriser
Sprinkle some baking soda onto the mattress, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum.
7. Pet smell eliminator
For a quick fix (until bath time), lightly sprinkle their fur with baking soda, rub it in, and then brush out.
8. DIY carpet powder
Nothing traps odour more than your carpet – it grabs all the dust and grime from outside, plus pet smells and smoke. Don’t bother with the expensive carpet cleaners or talcums, this natural solution will be the job!
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1/2 cup bicarb soda
- 1 teaspoon your choice of essential oils
- Combine borax and bicarb soda in a bowl.
- Add about 20-25 drops of essential oil and stir to combine
- Transfer powder to an empty jar, preferably one with small holes in the top.
- Shake the powder onto your carpets at let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming.
9. Toilet bombs
Even after you clean the toilet, it can get a bit smelly from time to time. Commercially made toilet cleaners introduce a lot of harsh chemicals into your bathroom, but this natural DIY toilet bomb recipe costs just a fraction… and really works!
Makes ~40 bombs
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup bi-carb soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup washing soda
- 100ml water
- 10 drops of your favourite essential oil
- spray bottle
- shaped mould
- Wearing gloves, mix the cornstarch, bi-carb, citric acid and washing soda in a large bowl.
- Mix the water and essential oil in the spray bottle.
- Spray the cornstarch mixture with the water mixture. Add the water slowly while you’re mixing.
- When you squeeze the mixture, it should hold its shape.
- Press the mixture into the mould and let dry for at least one hour.
- Place in your toilet tank!
10. Orange peel candles
Oranges aren’t just for eating! For a delicious smelling (and tasting!) candle, all you need is:
- Oranges (how ever many you like)
- Oil (canola, vegetable or olive)
- Candle lighter
Cut the orange in half and run the knife around the edges, loosening the fruit from the peel. Grab a fork and scrape the inside of the orange out without removing the inside stem (in centre of orange), Fill 3/4 of the orange halve with oil and let sit for 45 minutes. Try to light the orange (you’ll need a candle lighter so it can hold the flame for longer) by heating up the stem for 2-3 minutes until black and dry to the touch. It should relight easily after this!
11. Room spray
For a little spritz of freshness, you can also make your own room spray.
All you need is:
- Essential oil
- Clean spray bottle (small)
Add 10-20 drops of oil (or a combination) to a clean spray bottle filled with 3 parts water and 1 part vodka – voila!
Do you have any other solutions for bad odours?