5 Natural Alternatives To Fight Bad Home Smells


A solid scrub-down and wipe, paired with some thorough dusting and mopping, can give your home a spick-and-span appearance. Yet, for that true clean feel, you've got to have a place that not only looks good but smells fantastic, too!

While store-bought cleaners might fill your space with delightful scents, the chemicals they pack might not be the greatest for your well-being in the long haul. That's why we've got a list of natural alternatives for you that'll turn your place into a fragrant haven!

Alternative #1. Baking soda

Baking soda is so versatile that it works both as a kitchen staple for cooking and as a household cleaner for various tasks. It has one more use, though: it also is a powerful deodorizer!

Sprinkle some baking soda into a shallow dish and scatter it in areas holding onto funky smells (like your fridge, for instance). Wait one to three days, and poof! The odors vanish, replaced by a lingering breath of fresh air that lasts a solid three months.

For an extra kick of freshness, mix baking soda with essential oils (as many drops as you fancy) for a DIY air freshener that not only freshens up but also tackles odors—give it a shot in your trash can!

Alternative #2. Pomander balls

Beyond just making your spaces smell amazing, pomander balls also give your rooms a nice little visual touch. Even nicer, you can whip them up in a jiffy!

Take an orange and a handful of cloves, sticking them all around the fruit. Get creative with your clove arrangement—patterns, holiday themes, whatever floats your boat— and sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon or nutmeg for some extra scent.

Make as many as your heart desires and scatter them on plates in rooms you want to infuse with a breath of freshness!

Alternative #3. Simmer pot

Also known as stovetop potpourri, a simmer pot is a mix of ingredients and water that spreads a beautiful scent through your home.

For this aromatic mix, snag two cinnamon sticks, half a cup of fresh cranberries, a tablespoon of whole cloves, and slice an orange. Toss all these ingredients into a small pot and fill it with water until it's about an inch below the rim.

As it starts to steam up, let the aroma waft through your space while the mix simmers on the stove. If you're targeting a specific room, carefully pour your still-hot, scented stew into a bowl and take it there.

Alternative #4. Houseplants

Indoor greenery not only brings a pop of color and freshness to your space but also releases divine fragrances, giving off that authentically organic vibe.

Plants like mint, lavender, jasmine, and begonia not only enhance aesthetics but also perfume your space, creating a cozy atmosphere. Plus, you can choose plants that double as air purifiers, like spider plants, peace lilies, or English ivies.

Alternative #5. Teabags

Surprisingly, teabags can be your secret weapon in the battle against musty odors in tight spaces. The stale scents in your drawers, closets, and even shoes—usually caused by humidity—can be tamed with just a few bags.

Toss a container with five to ten teabags inside, depending on the space you're tackling. They won't just absorb moisture but also release a herbal aroma into the air. They only last for so long, so swap them out weekly for top-notch moisture absorption.

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