Nine DIY deodorisers to have your home smelling fresh


The oil from eucalyptus plants is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, therefore it’s great to use in places that are closed off and tend to get musty. Place a few branches in closets and other musty places in your home to deodorise the air and breathe more easily.

Cotton balls
Saturate a cotton ball with one of your favourite fragrances. Use essential oils such as lavender, lemon juice, or vanilla extract. Try placing one in your vacuum cleaner to have the scent expressed throughout the room while you clean. You can also put a wet cotton ball on a shelf in your fridge to act as a deodoriser.

Lemons can be used all over your home to help deodorise it. If you want your kitchen to have a lemon scent, cut a lemon in half and place it (cut side up) in a bowl of water and let them sit. Lemons are also a great aid for your fire. Throw some lemon peels directly into the flames to give your fire a fresh smell. Or, if you have a wood-burner, place an enamelled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon, and/or orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins.

Oranges can be used in all the same ways that lemons are used to deodorise your home. They can also be with cloves to make pomanders. Pomanders have been used for centuries to fill small spaces with a delightful fragrance as well as to combat moths. They are also incredibly easy to make: Take a bunch of cloves and stick them into an orange, covering the whole surface. Now suspend your pomander using a piece of string, twine, or monofilament fishing line inside a closet or cupboard, and it will keep the space smelling fresh for years.

If you’ve recently burned a steak – remove the lingering smoky odour by placing a shallow bowl about three-quarters full of white or cider vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. Use several bowls if the smell permeates your entire home. The odour should be gone in less than a day.

Coffee grounds
Get rid of the smell of spoiled food after a freezer failure. Fill a couple of bowls with used or fresh coffee grounds and place them in the freezer overnight. For a flavoured-coffee scent, add a couple of drops of vanilla to the grounds.

What could be more welcoming than the smell of something good cooking? Instead of using air fresheners, simply toss a handful of whole cloves or a cinnamon stick in a pot of water and keep it simmering on the stove for half an hour. Your house will naturally smell spicy good.

Vanilla extract
Eliminate lingering smells in your home, fridge and microwave with vanilla. Wipe down the inside of the fridge with vanilla extract. To prolong the fresh vanilla scent, soak a cotton ball or a piece of sponge with vanilla extract and leave it in the refrigerator. Is the odour of fish, or some other strong smell, lingering in your microwave? Pour a little vanilla extract in a bowl and microwave on high for one minute.

Baking soda
If you forgot about some food in the back of your fridge and the scent it left behind is overwhelming, baking soda can help. Place an open box in your fridge to neutralise bad smells.

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