No matter how dedicated you are to preventing them, stinky odors make their way into your home every so often. Whether these odors arise from mildew smells in basements or the trash can in your kitchen, never underestimate the power of a fabulous air freshener to kick these bad smells to the curb. A homemade odor absorber does so much more than freshen your home.
Instead of covering up the stench, it eliminates that nauseating house smell by trapping odors and neutralizing them. A DIY odor absorber is not only a fantastic way to implement green cleaning techniques with natural ingredients, but it’s also reasonably simple to do on your own.
These tips for freshening up your home with a homemade charcoal odor absorber or using essential oils are exactly what you need to keep your house smelling great all the time. In addition to making your home smell sensational, many of these recipes are great ways to make the vacuum smell better or deodorize shoes and fabrics.
Fantastic DIY Odor Absorber Recipes
One of the best ways to eliminate these stinky odors in the home is by using essential oils. While many of us already use these in a diffuser to pump pleasant fragrances throughout our homes, these DIY projects are a great alternative.
Charcoal Odor Absorber
Making a simple-to-use basement deodorizer with charcoal is even easier than you imagine. While there are more complicated ways to integrate charcoal into your odor eliminator, using the small bricks of charcoal you buy from the store work just as well on their own.
Not only is charcoal one of the best ways to eliminate that musty smell from your basement and laundry room areas, as well as for getting the mildew smell out of a car, it’s also incredibly simple to set up. One of the easiest ways to use this basement odor absorber is by placing it in a small bowl somewhere in the room where the charcoal pieces won’t get wet.
The charcoal absorbs the foul odors over time. Charcoal also keeps clothing in sock drawers smelling fresh if you wrap it up in small pouches and place it in the drawer.
In laundry rooms, add charcoal to the bottom of your laundry basket and an additional barrier of foil or plastic to separate the charcoal from the clothing. Doing this acts as a deodorizer for dirty, musty clothing.
Homemade Odor Absorber
To make a homemade air freshener spray without essential oils, using strong fragrances like vanilla and cinnamon are a great way to freshen up your home. This DIY natural odor absorber starts on the kitchen stove, then slowly weaves its way throughout the entire house.
Implementing natural ways to deodorize your house, this odor remover is perfect for safely absorbing smells from litter boxes. It also works on both the stove and by placing the ingredients in a crockpot for longer-lasting scent boosts.
When using this natural air freshener, add all the ingredients to the crockpot or traditional pot on the stove. It’s best if you have equipment large enough to accommodate approximately two to three quarts.
Let the ingredients simmer on low on the stove, or cook on a low setting in the crockpot. After some time, the scent filters out from the pot into the rest of the house, lasting for several days. This is an excellent way to make an apartment smell good, or your house, especially over the holidays in the fall and winter.
DIY Odor Absorber Recipe
If you love using essential oils in your cleaning routine, then this next homemade air freshener is what you need. While it calls for apple cider vinegar, you may also substitute white vinegar. This recipe is also a spectacular natural shoe deodorizer and works by adding any of your favorite drops of essential oils, not just the ones listed below.
The great thing about this deodorant is that it also kills odor-causing bacteria using disinfectants like rubbing alcohol and vinegar. To apply, combine the ingredients in a small spray bottle and spritz the area or shoes you’re cleaning. Let the item air dry on its own before using it.
Natural Odor Absorber Recipe for Fabrics
Sometimes, the cause of these horrible smells in our home start with fabrics on upholstery or even musty smells in carpeting. One excellent way to treat this issue is by using a baking soda and essential oil-based DIY air freshener. The baking soda absorbs odors in the fabric, while the essential oils replace the musty smells with fresh, new ones.
To make this homemade car deodorizer or for use throughout your house, start by mixing your favorite essential oils with the baking soda in the Mason jar. Once thoroughly blended, turn your jar into a canister for sprinkling by replacing the inner circle of the lid with the scrapbook paper.
Poke small holes in the top using a pin or needle to allow the powder to exit, then sprinkle over the area that needs cleaning. Use it on fabric sofas or recliners, area rugs or for smelly carpet.
This DIY odor eliminator is also perfect for removing smoke smell from leather and fabric upholstery. For an additional fresh scent, place a few drops of your favorite essential oils on cotton balls and put them in inconspicuous corners of the house.
These DIY odor absorber recipes not only make your home smell good, but they are remarkably easy to make, as well.
Whether you plan on making use of those favorite essential oil to eliminate stinky smells in the living room or a charcoal odor absorber for your basement, you already have everything you need to get started.
Recipe for Homemade Odor Absorber
- 4 ounces of baking soda
- 16 drops lavender essential oil
- 8-ounce glass jar and ring
- 6 x 6 inch piece of plastic wrap
- Pen or pencil
- Pour the baking soda into the jar.
- Add the essential oil and stir well to mix.
- Cover the jar opening with plastic wrap. Secure the lid ring over the plastic.
- Gently poke about 12 holes in the plastic with the point of a pencil or pen.
- Sprinkle wherever deodorizing is needed.
This absorbent is ideal for shoes, carpeting, furniture, rugs, and more.
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