How to Remove Chemical Odors

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Things You'll Need

  • Electronic air purifier

  • white vinegar

  • baking soda

  • laundry detergent

  • air freshener

Tip

Place electric fans in the windows of your home to draw out odors quckly. Doing this in tandem with a few air purifiers plugged in throughout the house can rid a home of odors in one to two hours.

Techniques for removing chemical odors depend on the material containing the smell. Clothing requires special care, while odors in the air, on carpet or household furniture might be removed with varying methods.

Step 1

Buy an electronic air purifier with an electromagnetic or carbon filter to remove chemical odors and other impurities from the air. Look for a model easy to clean, with a filter that slides out from the top for rinsing under the sink and wiping dry with paper towels. Air purifiers are especially useful if you live near industrial sites and food processing facilities.

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Step 2

Remove chemical odors from clothes by soaking the items in a plastic tub filled with water and a cup of baking soda. Soak overnight, then launder in a washing machine.

Step 3

Remove chemical odors from household accessories like new shower curtains by placing the plastic material in the sun in the backyard, for example, and sprinkling powdered laundry detergent on them. All it o sit in the sun for a few hours, then rinse off with a garden hose.

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Step 4

Remove chemical odors from furniture and carpet by spritzing white vinegar from a plastic squirt bottle on the area. Allow to set, then sprinkle baking soda on the area. Wipe off with a wet sponge and repeat as necessary until the odor is gone.

Step 5

Remove the smell of spilled perfume, paint thinner, acetone and other chemicals by spritzing the area with white vinegar and alternating with baking soda.

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