Homemade Natural Odor Eliminator

Several types of homemade natural odor eliminators rid your home of odors. Some give your home a fresh smell, depending on the ingredients used. Others have no smell but act to "surround" the odors in fabrics. Place all of these odor eliminators in spray bottles, setting the dial to "fine mist." Test your homemade spray on a hidden spot to make sure it does not stain the fabric. Label all bottles clearly.

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Natural odor eliminators work well in every room of the home.

Scented

Combine 12 to 20 drops of an essential oil (any citrus or floral scent) with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar and 1 1/2 cups of water. Use more oil for an air freshener spray and less oil for a fabric spray.

Unscented

Mix 4 tbsp. of any unscented, natural fabric softener, available at a natural grocery store, with water in a 16-oz. spray bottle.

Fabric Softener Versions

Several types of homemade, natural odor eliminators use fabric softener. Some fabric softeners interact with fabrics to alter fire retardants. Check the brand you use for chemicals and toxins. Mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of fabric softener in a spray bottle. One version combines 2 cups of water with 1 cup each of fabric softener and vinegar. Another option mixes 3 cups of water with 3 tbsp. of fabric softener and rubbing alcohol. A third version uses 2 cups of warm water with 1/4 cup of fabric softener and 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Experiment with these versions to determine which one you like the best.

Vodka

Mix a one-to-one ratio of inexpensive vodka and water. This spray becomes odorless as it dries. Use it in an open, well-ventilated area to facilitate drying. Avoid using in an enclosed area, such as a closet or a car, as the smell will be overpowering.