How to Remove Odors With Charcoal

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Things You'll Need

  • Disposable aluminum pans

  • Charcoal briquets

  • Charcoal powder

  • Charcoal-based cat litter

  • Broom

  • Dustpan


Place small bowls of powdered charcoal in a smelly closet to absorb odors caused by shoes or stinky hampers.

Fill the ashtrays in your car with cat litter to absorb odors from smoke or mildew.


Avoid getting cat litter wet when it's deodorizing your surface as the litter will clump up and leave a gray, mushy mess on your surface.

Charcoal is a natural odor absorber.

Odors in and around your home can give your home and outdoor living area a dirty feel even when they're not. A busy home is exposed to many odor-causing substances. Strong odors, such as cigarette smoke and kitchen smells, can linger long after the source of the smell is gone. While there are many products and methods for removing odors, you can use charcoal and charcoal-based supplies to remove odors by naturally absorbing them.


Step 1

Fill disposable aluminum pans with 1 inch of powdered charcoal. Several charcoal briquets can also be used.

Step 2

Remove kitchen odors by placing one pan in the refrigerator and one on the counter top. Set a couple pans in musty basements or bathrooms and near stinky pet bedding.

Step 3

Leave the pans of powdered charcoal in place overnight so they can absorb the odors. Discard them the next day.

Step 4

Spread charcoal-based cat litter over hard surfaces that smell, such as patios, cement or wood, tile and cement flooring. Allow the cat litter to sit on the site of the odor for 24 hours to absorb the smell. Sweep up the cat litter with a broom and dustpan then discard it in the trash.



Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.