Some smells just hang around no matter what you do. Aerosol sprays just cover them up and make things worse. Natural ways of dealing with them are far more effective.
Cooking fresh fish always create an awful smell and it’s hard to get rid off. Aerosol sprays just seem to cover it up and they aren’t very healthy to breathe in. However, there is a natural and effective way to get rid of fishy smells. Cut a lemon in half and boil it in a little water. The steam disperses the aroma and neutralises the fish smell.
White vinegar in warm water will help to get rid of the smell left behind by pet accident. It is also good for washing off skunk smells.
If you have a cupboard that smells musty and damp put a box containing cat litter in there. The cat litter will absorb the damp smell and leave the room/cupboard smelling fresh.
Squeeze half a lemon into some water and place the dish into the microwave. Place in the microwave on full power for two minutes. Once the water condenses inside the microwave wipe with a soft absorbent cloth. This will leave your microwave fresh and clean.
Cigarette smoke in a car can hang around for ages. Soak two towels in white vinegar. Put each into a plastic bowl. Put these near the ashtray and the back seat. Leave over night. When you take the bowls out the smell will have gone.
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To freshen your fridge soak a piece of cotton wool in vanilla and leave inside. It will give it
a lovely clean, fresh aroma. A dish with baking soda in it works well too.
Sour Milk Smells
Get rid of the smell of stale, sour milk on fabrics. Soak in white vinegar for a couple of hours and wash in the normal way. If you can’t wash the fabric, dab the area with tissue and then apply white vinegar. Dab again and get the area as dry as possible. You might have to do this several times.
Stale Freezer Smell.
Freezer defrosted? The smell can be really bad. Empty the freezer and wash out with soap and warm water then wash the inside with bicarbonate of soda dissolved in a little water. Finally put a cut onion in the bottom and leave overnight. Remove the onion and leave the door of the freezer open for a while. This should get rid of the bad smell.
Musty Old Carpets.
To take smells out of old carpets, use a steam cleaner and put a scoop of Oxyclean, or similar into the water. It will freshen it up again and stop the odour.
Plastic containers can sometimes smell, especially if they are stored with their lids on. Crumple a piece of newspaper and put it inside the box, replace the lid and leave overnight. This will remove the smell.
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