7 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Fresh & Clean! DIY Air Fresheners! (Clean My Space)

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How to Deodorize a Room

Three Parts:

A smelly room is embarrassing, and it can prevent you from enjoying your living spaces the way you should. The secret to deodorizing a room is first getting rid of the source of the odor, which you can do with thorough cleaning. After that, it’s just a matter of absorbing any lingering odors and choosing your favorite air freshener to make everything smell great again.


Eliminating Odor Sources

  1. Pick up and wash laundry.Laundry that’s piled up on the floor can start to take on a musty odor, and this can make the entire room smell.What's worse, wet laundry can be a breeding ground for mold. Collect laundry from all over the house, separate it into loads, and wash it in the washing machine.
    • To ensure you kill mold and other bacteria on clothes, use a hot water cycle to wash the clothes.
    • To dry your laundry, you can either tumble dry it, or hang it to dry if the weather is nice.
    • Always check care labels before laundering or tumble drying any garments.
  2. Wash the bedding.You spend about a third of your life in your bed, so it’s no wonder that sheets, blankets, and pillow cases can start to smell up a room after a while. To remove these odors, strip the pillow cases, sheets, and other washable linens and covers from the bed, and wash them in the washing machine.
    • When the bedding is clean, dry it in the dryer or on a line before making the bed again.
  3. Clean drains.Kitchen and bathroom sinks and drains can be home to mold, mildew, clogs, and other things that can cause bad smells in your house. To clean the drain, pour 1 cup (220 g) of baking soda down the drain. Pour 2 cups (470 ml) of white vinegar down the drain after the baking soda. Let the mixture foam and bubble for about 30 minutes.
    • When the baking soda and vinegar mixture has had time to bubble its way through the drain, rinse the drain with a kettle-full of boiling hot water.
  4. Clean the toilets.Toilets are another household fixture that can house mold, mildew, bacteria, and other stink-sources. Pour 1 cup (235 ml) of vinegar into the bowl. Spray down the outside of the bowl and seat with vinegar as well. Let the vinegar stand for five minutes. Scrub the inside of the bowl with the toilet brush, and wipe the outside of the bowl and the seat with rags or paper towels.
    • Flush the toilet to get rid of any particles that may have been scrubbed loose from the bowl.
  5. Remove mold from hard surfaces.Mold has a particular smell that can permeate your entire home. It’s important for your health and the smell of your home to deal with any mold problems, such as in the shower, on tiles, in sinks, or in other damp areas of the house. To kill mold:
    • Combine 1 cup (235 ml) of bleach and 1 gallon (3.8 L) of water in a bucket
    • Put on protective rubber gloves
    • Open the windows to increase air flow
    • Dip a stiff-bristled brush into the cleaning solution
    • Scrub affected areas with the brush
    • Dip the brush back into the solution regularly as you scrub
    • Rinse the area with a damp sponge
  6. Vacuum floors and upholstery.Dirty carpets and furniture can harbor bad smells that make your living areas stink. To remove dust and smelly particles, vacuum all the carpets in the house with a wide brush attachment. To remove dusty and musty smells from furniture, vacuum all upholstered furniture using an upholstery attachment.
    • For the best results, use a vacuum that’s outfitted with a HEPA filter, as this will prevent dust and other fine particles from floating back into the air.
  7. Take out the garbage.The garbage is one of the worst offenders that cause stinky rooms, especially kitchen garbage that house food and other wet waste. When your kitchen smells, start by tying up the garbage and taking it outside or to the garage.
  8. Clean the garbage can.Before putting a fresh bag into the empty garbage can, give the can itself a good cleaning to remove any spills or particles that could cause lingering smells. To clean the garbage can:
    • Put on rubber gloves
    • Remove large pieces of food
    • Rinse the can in the bathtub or outside with a garden hose
    • Wipe the inside dry with rags or paper towels
    • Spray the inside with a generous amount of all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant
    • Let the cleaner sit for five minutes
    • Scrub the can with a stiff-bristled brush
    • Rinse the can
    • Dry the can with rags or paper towels
    • Put in a new garbage bag
  9. Clean food-related appliances.Any appliance that comes in contact with food can be a source of smells in your house, especially if there have been recent spills. If you're not sure where the smell is coming from, clean all your food-related appliances, including:
  10. Give Fido a bath.As much as you love your dog, it’s possible that your pup is bringing some bad smells into the house. To eliminate this odor source, give your dog a bath in a tub or sink with pet shampoo, take a trip to the groomers, or visit a pet bath station at the local pet store.
    • Throw your dog’s bed into the washing machine and clean it as well to get rid of any lingering odors.

Absorbing Odors

  1. Open windows.Fresh air is one of the greatest ways to get rid of bad smells in the house, because the smells can be carried out of the open windows and replaced with clean air. In spring, summer, and fall, open a few windows throughout the house. To create a breeze, open windows that are on opposite sides of the house.
    • In winter when it’s not possible to keep the windows open, open a window for just a minute to let in some fresh air.
  2. Use fans to increase circulation and get fresh air flowing.Fans are great for boosting the refreshing power of clean air. When you have the windows open, turn on ceiling and standing fans in the house to help create a bigger breeze and get the air moving.
  3. Let the sun shine in.Sunlight contains ultra-violet rays, which have the power to kill things like smell-causing mold and bacteria. No matter what time of year it is, open the curtains and drapes throughout the house on a sunny day and let the UV rays in.
    • Sunlight can be an effective odor killer for carpets, furniture, pet areas, pillows and cushions, and other household items that can smell.
  4. Use baking soda.Baking soda is one of the most popular deodorizers around, because it’s effective and cheap. To absorb smells around the house, sprinkle some baking soda into a couple of small dishes or plates and distribute them around the house. The baking soda will absorb odors from the rooms and get rid of bad smells.
    • To further deodorize household items, sprinkle baking soda over things like carpets, furniture, mattresses, and other possible odor sources. Leave the baking soda for 30 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
  5. Try vinegar instead to absorb odors.Vinegar is also an effective deodorizer that you can use to absorb bad smells around the house. Fill a few small bowls with vinegar and place the bowls in smelly areas around the house, such as:
    • Musty basements
    • Bathrooms
    • Kitchens
    • Bedrooms
  6. Deodorize with charcoal.Charcoal is similarly a powerful odor absorber that can be used in many rooms and inside appliances to deodorize.Be sure to use pure charcoal and not something that contains lighter fluid. Place a few pieces of charcoal on plates and distribute them around the house. You can put them in:
    • Closets
    • Refrigerator and freezer
    • Living areas
  7. Invest in air-purifying houseplants.Certain houseplants are known to clean the air, and they may help to control odors in the house as well. Houseplants you can grow around the house for air-purification include:
    • Snake plants
    • English ivy
    • Lady palms
    • Dracaena

Freshening the Air

  1. Place fabric softener sheets near stinky culprits.Fabric softener sheets make your clothes smell great, and they can do the same for the air in your house.To use these as an air freshener, place sheets in smelly areas around the house, such as in:
    • Shoe closets
    • Garbage cans
    • Wet basements
    • Areas where mold has been
  2. Make a simmer pot.When you boil water in the kitchen, the water particles evaporate and get carried around the house. You can turn this into a potent air freshener by adding your favorite herbs, spices, and citrus rinds to a pot, filling it with water, and boiling it on the stove with the lid off for a couple of hours. Ingredients you can use in the simmer pot include:
    • Lemon peels
    • Cinnamon sticks
    • Allspice
    • Basil
    • Ginger
    • Cranberries
    • Orange peels
    • Cloves
    • Bay leaf
  3. Use a commercial air freshener.Commercial air fresheners are specifically designed to make the air in your house smell clean and wonderful. These devices often contain chemicals that mask bad odors, plus fragrances that make the air smell nice. Air fresheners come in a variety of forms, including:
    • Sprays
    • Diffusers
    • Gels
    • Waxes
  4. Burn incense.Incense comes in many forms and in many different smells. To burn incense sticks, place the skinny end of the stick into an incense holder. Light the opposite end of the stick until the tip begins to glow, and then blow out the flame. As the incense burns it will release sweet-smelling smoke that will make the air smell great.
    • To distribute the smell throughout the entire house, set up a fan on the opposite side of the room to the incense. This will produce air to blow the smoke throughout the house, but not too much breeze that ashes blow everywhere.
    • Never leave incense unattended, as it does produce heat and can cause fires.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What could a source of body odor be in my room if I have changed my sheets, clothes, and showered?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try storing your shoes temporarily in a closed bin to see if the odor goes away. Try replacing your pillows and using zippered pillow covers, which you should wash every week along with your sheets. Try washing the mattress pad, blankets and other bed coverings.
  • Question
    How do I get rid of the smell of wood?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Get some cedar oil and wipe the surfaces down. Cedar will disenfect the surface and replace the smell with a favorable cedar aroma.
  • Question
    How can I get rid of the new paint odor in my home?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try setting out a bowl of vinegar in the area painted. The vinegar will soak up the odor. Or, cut an onion into two halves and place each half at opposite ends of the room. It will soak up the paint odor and won't smell like onion. If the room is especially large, use more onion.
  • Question
    How do I mask the smell of urine?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
  • Question
    How do I get a smell out of a memory foam mattress?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Sprinkle it with baking soda, and let it sit for at least an hour. Vacuum up the baking soda, and if it still smells you can repeat the steps.
  • Question
    How do I remove smell from wood?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try to cover the wood in lemon juice or whatever scent you like, then repeat the steps from wikiHow and the smell should leave.
  • Question
    How can I get body odor out of a room?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Take your dirty laundry out of your room and wash it; also, don't keep your shoes in your room. It might be a good idea to change your bedding and launder it more often. Lastly, open up the windows and let your room air out.
  • Question
    How do I get the smell of smoke out of my room if I live with parents who smoke indoors?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I used stickable 1/4 inch foam around my door cracks and used a rolled up towel and body pillow against the bottom of the door crack to solve this problem. You might also want to close any heating vents in your room (if you can maintain a comfortable temperature in there without them), as the smoke travels through these vents.
  • Question
    Will striking a match after using the toilet eliminate odors?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but you have to let the match burn for a few seconds and then extinguish it without throwing it into the toilet. The smell that permeates the room after you extinguish the match is what will eliminate the odor.
  • Question
    I'v got a new office mate with yeasty vinegary body odor and no window. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    First, have a quick talk with him about how warm and airless it is and how you are in cramped quarters. Let him know you've been doubling up on the deodorant because of this, and that you have an extra deodorant if he wants it. If he still doesn't get the hint, get a couple of fans and aim them away from your space to keep the smell from invading it.
Unanswered Questions
  • How do I remove a very strong body odor from our office if we don't have window?
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  • How to get rid of vinegar on the floor
  • How do I get the smell out of dutch white cedar furniture? It smells like greasy old man.
  • In a smoke free apartment, my neighbor is burning something that gives me asthma attacks. What will absorb the odor so I can take proof to the office?
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