Part of homemaking is making sure that the house is clean and free from bad odors. No matter how clean your house looks, you will not notice or appreciate it if there is an overpowering odor. Removing bad odors can make your home more welcoming and comfortable.

Fresh lemons.



Heat 1 cup of olive oil in a pan and add sprinkles of cinnamon powder. The sweet smell of cinnamon should remove the smell of food, including fish, while cooking.

To prevent fish odor, soak the fish in a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 2 gallons of water prior to cooking. This will not affect the flavor of the fish when cooked.

Try lighting a scented candle or incense while cooking to eliminate the remaining food odor.


Clean your refrigerator.

Open a box of baking soda and place it in the refrigerator or freezer to get rid of bad odors. Place a slice of lemon in a bowl of boiling water and put it in an empty refrigerator or freezer while cleaning to get rid of the bad odor.

Use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to clean kitchen counter tops to get rid of fish, onion and other odorous food. Vinegar also helps disinfect chopping boards and knives.

Run citrus juice in your garbage disposal to remove the odor. Use a mixture of 1 cup bleach and 1 gallon of water to clean garbage cans.


Remove pet odors.

Use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to get rid of odors coming from pet's (cats or dogs) urine. The acidic content of the vinegar will help neutralize the ammonia in the urine. Sprinkle baking soda on a smelly carpet, wait an hour (or more), then vacuum the powder and the odor away. Baking soda absorbs moisture that can cause odor build-up.


Deodorize your closet.

Place unused softener sheets inside your clothes drawers or closets to keep clothes smelling fresh. Hammer pieces of cedar wood onto the back wall of your closets to prevent musty odor from building up in your closet. Aside from preventing bugs and moths from taking refuge in your closet, cedar wood can prevent mold and mildew build-up that can cause odors over time.


Stinky shoes.

Sprinkle your shoes with baking soda, leave it overnight and shake out before putting your shoes back on. The baking soda will help absorb the moisture that causes bad odor. Put your dirty sneakers in a washer, then wash with laundry detergent and bleach. Dry your shoes out in the sun or use low heat on your dryer.