Natural Odor Eliminators

Instead of using chemicals to freshen your home, you can use natural products that provide a safer environment in your home.

Whether we like to admit it or not, we have all experienced an unpleasant and lingering odor in our homes. For example, two of the most common odors that plague our homes come from pets and cooking. The supermarket shelves are lined with products offering us fresher homes. But many of those products contain chemicals that may not be healthy for you, your family, or your pets. Instead, why don't you try some safer products to deodorize your home?

One of the chief odor eliminators is baking soda. The relatively low cost and versatility make it a great choice. As you probably already know, it is recommended that you keep a box of baking soda in your refrigerator to eliminate odors, but it doesn't have to stop there. You can sprinkle baking soda on your carpeting, leaving on overnight if possible. Then vacuum the next day for an easy carpet deodorizer. You can also mix baking soda with water for a paste. This not only deodorizes what you are cleaning, for example your bathroom, but it also makes a gentle, yet highly effective abrasive. You can also leave a box or a small bowl of baking soda in smaller, more confined spaces, such as a closet, for an easy deodorizer.

Another great product used for odor is zeolite. Zeolite is a nontoxic mineral that is found near volcanic activity. What is most unusual about zeolite is that in its original state is has a negative charge. For this reason, it is valuable is the absorption of air pollutants. However, zeolite may be slightly harder to find and more costly than baking soda. However, you can generally find zeolite in easy to use breather bags. Simply leave the bag in the area that needs to be deodorized. In the same manner that you would use baking soda as a carpet deodorizer, you can also use zeolite powder.

You should never over look fruits and vegetables as natural odor eliminators. When you are cooking you can place a sliced lemon in a bowl near your work area to cut down on odors. Then after supper is prepared you can rub the lemon over your washed cutting board to remove any lingering odors. Celery also works as a food smell neutralizer. Simply cut the celery stalk and rub the cut end over the area that touched the food. By placing cloves in the peels of certain fruits, such as oranges, you can create a pleasing aroma for your home. The cloves help to preserve the fruit so that they will not perish as quickly. Additionally, they can be arranged in a bowl for an attractive display or centerpiece.

Vinegar can also be used to deodorize. Instead of cleaning your cat's liter box with harsh chemicals, wash it with a little vinegar to remove any stubborn smells. You can also pour vinegar down drains to freshen your sinks. Vinegar can also be placed in small spaces to deodorize the air. Simply pour some vinegar in a bowl, but be sure that it is in a place where it can not be dumped or tipped.

Many products that you may already have can be used to eliminate the every day odors that can fill our homes. So instead of running to the chemicals at the supermarket, try some of the ideas above. They provide both a cost effective and a healthier option for us all.

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