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Clever ways to kill bad smells (using things in your cupboard)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Now we're not saying that you smell with this article! Rather, as you use your home certain odours will naturally become noticeable and start to linger, unless you tackle them effectively.

We know not everyone has the resources at hand to hire a professional cleaner to tackle these unfortunate smells so we've found some great tips for eradicating unwanted pongs, which require nothing more than things you already have in your kitchen cupboards. 

If you want your home to smell fresher without costing you a fortune, learn these eye-opening secrets!

1. Fishy hands when cooking can be prevented

Manhattan Micro-Loft:  Kitchen by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Manhattan Micro-Loft

Specht Architects

With a fresh lemon rub down before and a baking soda scrub afterwards.

2. Smelly bins can be a thing of the past

 Kitchen by ZeroEnergy Design
ZeroEnergy Design

Modern kitchen

ZeroEnergy Design

If you sprinkle in baking soda every time you change the bag.

3. To prevent your whole house smelling for days after cooking fish

Add a dollop of peanut butter to your frying pan before frying.

4. Keep your fridge smelling fresh

With a bowl of coffee grounds in the bottom.

5. To stop the grease smell lingering when you fry anything

Leave a bowl of white vinegar out.

6. To stop the overbearing fumes after painting a wall

Add some vanilla extract to paint.

7. Freshen up old food containers you're planning to keep

With a little mustard and warm water swilled around and left for 15 minutes.

8. To get the inside of your dishwasher sparkling and smell-free.

Nobilia Project 3 Vetra flat fronted door in white glass with stainless steel bar handle:  Kitchen by Eco German Kitchens
Eco German Kitchens

Nobilia Project 3 Vetra flat fronted door in white glass with stainless steel bar handle

Eco German Kitchens

Throw a cup of baking soda into a musty dishwasher and run on the rinse cycle.

9. Stop dishwashers from getting smelly in the first place

 Dining room by ZeroEnergy Design
ZeroEnergy Design

Kitchen wine storage and dining area

ZeroEnergy Design

By adding lemon juice to every wash cycle.

10. Stop smelly shoes gassing out your wardrobe

 Bathroom by Lilian H. Weinreich Architects
Lilian H. Weinreich Architects

Dressing Room Lookging Towards the Bathroom

Lilian H. Weinreich Architects

By adding gently crushed sage leaves to them.

11. To get rid of nasty stale cooking smells that ruin your kitchen

Cook lemons in your oven with the door open.

12. Prevent your hallway being overpowered by smelly shoes

 Bedroom by Clean Design
Clean Design

Master Bedroom

Clean Design

By soaking your feet in tea every evening!

13. Get rid of chemical cleaning smells

By rubbing your oven's inside with white vinegar and allowing to dry before using.

14. Pet smells can be eliminated using baking soda

 Living room by Archiprofi

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Sprinkle on the odour, leave for a while and then give it a good hoovering.

15. To get rid of nasty smells that have built up in the microwave

Blitz some vanilla essence in it.

16. In the event of a pet accident

Pour a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water on a urine patch, leave and blot in a couple of hours.

17. To kill bacteria and remove smells from clothes

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Spritzing vodka on the offending items is better than air freshener!

18. Keep drains smelling fresh

By pouring salt, baking soda and boiling water down them once a week. This is vital for studio flats!

19. Combat smelly pillows

With baking soda and essential oils. Sprinkle on, leave for an hour or two and then hoover!

If you love easy cleaning tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 19 Tricks To Have The Cleanest Bathroom EVER!

Which of these tips are you going to try?
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