10 Effective Ways to Remove Bad Smell

Follow any of the following tips which work wonders and can effectively help you to get rid of bad smell.

The smell of cigarette smoke and durian fruit can give you a major headache. At times, you can even lose your appetite when you get a whiff of dead carcass and garbage. Have you experienced any of these?

It is not an easy task however, to remove bad smells especially within a confined area, for instance in the refrigerator, in the trunk at the back of your car, in the wardrobe or in a poorly ventilated tiny room.

Nevertheless, before you can get rid of the bad smell, it is important first to clean the affected, smelly surfaces with a clean cloth, some water and some detergent or soap. Then, you can perhaps follow any of the following tips, which work wonders and can effectively help you to get rid of the bad smell. Don’t be surprised that most the things that can remove the bad smell can easily be found in your kitchen.

1. Charcoal

Charcoal is on top of my list as it is one of the best absorbent agents that can absorb and soak up the bad odour. Charcoal is also widely used as water filters and in most odour removing commercial products. You can put a medium-sized chunk of charcoal inside your smelly refrigerator for instance, and leave it there for a couple of days. You will notice that it can effectively remove the bad smell.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda is also a good absorbent. Put a generous amount of baking soda in an uncovered container (the size of the container depends on the size of the confined area) and leave it for several days. Remove the baking soda and replace it with new one and leave it for a couple of days. Continue replacing the baking soda until it has cleared the bad smell.

3. Lemon or Lime Peel

Just put some lemon or lime peels into an uncovered container and leave them inside the confined area for a couple of days. The citrus smell will naturally replace the bad smell.

4. Pandan Leaf (also known as Pandanus or Screwpine)

It is easy to get pandan leaf in tropical countries as it is widely used in Southeast Asian cooking to add aroma to dishes. Its pleasant aroma also acts as natural air freshener. Just take a few strips of the pandan leaves and tie them into knots. Place the leaves inside the confined space and leave them until the leaves withered or dried up. Replace the leaves regularly until the smell goes away.

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  1. i have tried charcoal and vanilla to remove bad smells in my fridge…i have to tell u tht it works…thank u for the tips.

  2. i put some pandan leaves in my car. smells nice, better than the chemical air freshner.

  3. coffee works well with me…thanx

  4. ive put some pandanus leaves in my cats room and it smells aromatically pleasant. thk goodness

  5. You have some wonderful ideas here. I have tried some of them and they do work.

  6. Totally love the smell of Pandanus. Its so refreshing and the smell is genuinely pleasant. Wonder if eucalyptus extarct would work as well

  7. I had a teddy bear that I left lying on top of one of those Automatic Febreze Air Fresheners for two days accidently. The smell of febreze has crawled into the teddy and locked itself in there. I’ve tried EVERYTHING, and nothing can remove the smell. You can smell the bear even if you aren’t even in the same room as it…….

  8. thanks for tips. =)
    it made a great science fair project!

  9. Very helpful, but what do I do about the smell of a pitta bread which I overheated in the microwave (to a cinder nearly!) The whole house reeks and I had to put the microwave outside!!

  10. This all sounds good, but will they work in the microwave. My son cooked some kinda spicey rice dish and now all I can smell is that in my microwave. HELP!!!!!

  11. You could try boiling a cut up lemon in a shallow bowl of water for about 10 minutes on high. just make sure the water doesn’t boil dry.

  12. Air freshening does not have to passive. All of the materials discussed could easily be placed into a bucket air filter. You just need to fit a fan on the top to pull air up through the freshening material. The air gets pulled in through holes around the bottom of the bucket.

    There is a fan from “holmes” that exactly matches a five gallon bucket. or else u can get any fan to fit just by cutting a matching diameter hole in the bucket lid. attach and use a gasket or seal cracks with caulking ($2 USd for that).

    cheap small long lasting fans can be found at computer supply stores; the ones they use to cool the towers.

    remember the fan faces up and sucks air up through the material.

    A material that works very well for bucket filters is ONA. Odor neutralizing agent. Like for diaper pails and janitorial supply; but u can get many kinds with aromatic essential oils added.

    The “odor neutralizing agent” is killing the microbes so this is making the air fresh in the best way maybe.

    The ONA gets diluted to proper proportions and then poured on water crystals. they sell the water crystals at plant supply; to conserve moisture in soil; about $5 USd.

  13. I have a new Hotpoint refrigerator, it had horrible smell, I am now trying almost all the tips above, hope it will get rid of the bad smell… thanks for the tips.

  14. Thanx for the great tips

  15. I had some frozen chicken breasts that were left in the car for several days. The car now reaks and has for weeks. I’ve tried all the “odor killing” aerosols, baking soda and others. None have worked. I will try charcoal next and see if that works. Any other tips?

  16. I just bought a very used car that smells like it was underwater for a while. I’ll try your ideas and report back!

  17. Dear Mr/Madam
    Could you share me some informations about how to use component to reduce bad smell from anthracite filter please ?
    Because now i have problem with back wash of anthracite filter is not efficience . We just use tap water to back wash .
    So you

  18. How do I get rid of a strong coffee odor in a new large purse. My daughter borrowed it and but her coffee mug in it which aparently leaked. I have been airing it out for several mos?

  19. plz help me i have bad smell from mouth its very very bad smell its coming from my stomch help plz its been from 7-8 months i have checked family doctor and dentist plz help me ;(

  20. Bad smell will gone forever when you placed air purifier in you room. Not just bad smell only but also dust, odor, smoking etc. You and your family will stay away from allergy from now on with air purifier at air-purifiers-review.blogspot.com

  21. In response to bad breath, usually it is caused by not properly cleaning your teeth, flossing, or cleaning plaque off your tongue.
    However, having said that, you must understand that the bacteria that is found in all people in order to break down the food we eat in order for your liver to process and eliminate properly as bile does require one to drink at least 8 full glasses to 12 full glasses of water daily, this will flush your kidneys out as well as flush out the waste that is beginning to rot within your system, causing bad breath. Try dandelion root as a tea, or milk thistle which is a herb bought at any drug store, this is not a laxative, however you will see a big difference in how you feel about yourself around other people.
    I have dealt with this issue for years and the above mentioned work.

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  24. I stored Garlic paste in a Tupperware box and forgot about it as it was in some corner of the Fridge. The box is smelling awful in spite of several washes. Please suggest what to do.

  25. am an employee in biotech group……i need to avoid bad smell from animal glue protein.would you please tell me something to do what i?

  26. I used a product called Room Shocker. It works on every odor I tired, from pets to cooking odors. I have quite a smelly house! I am totally glad I found this. It works great and it’s environmentally friendly so it is safe around the kids and pets. You can find it here http://www.biocidesystems.com/roomshocker1.html.

  27. Help! My new cord of pinewood smells like dog poo – seriously! What can I put on it that will not be toxic when I burn it in the fireplace. I need the wood for heat, but my front porch smells awful!

  28. Some food leaked in my favorite bag and now it smells horrible does any one know a way of getting rid of the smell

  29. I am getting rave reviews on Room Shocker and wanted to share it with you all to see what you think. http://www.biocidesystems.com/roomshocker1.html

  30. Hi there can eny one help i just bought a caravan and someone has sprayd febreze every were on the walls bunks blinds how do i get rid of the smell i just want to nutrelize it so i have ne smell at all

  31. I didn’t know you could smell things that were under water.

  32. the best way to get rid of durians smell is by putting few slices of bread in your car..tried and its work very well, within 1 day the smell gone..

  33. The best way i know to get rid of smells is using odour neutralisation products, they kick the smells ass! ONA is by far the best i’ve found completely killing the smell :) http://www.remove-odour.com/science-of-ona

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