Vinegar as a Household Deodorizer

I’ve always heard that if you set out a bowl of vinegar over night, it will get rid of unwanted odors.

So, last week, I decided to give it a try after using paint to touch up scuffs and nail holes in the walls.

I filled a bowl with vinegar and left it on the counter overnight.

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It worked!  No paint fumes.

I didn’t want to waste the vinegar, so I poured it down the disposal and chased it with a lemon.

Now, that’s what I call a “two fer.”  (That’s Texan for “two for one.”)

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines



  1. Thanks for the great tip – I have to remember that next time I’m doing a little painting inside!

  2. I was pleasantly surprised that it worked, Heather. And I think it will remove any unwanted odor, like cigarette smoke, food smells, etc. I should just start setting out a bowl of vinegar every night.

  3. Haha — we use two-fer here in Oklahoma too! LOL Great idea — wonder if it works in the cat’s litter box room? LOL

  4. oh, the litter box! I’m at my wits end with that dilemma. I should probably fill a diffuser with vinegar and see if that helps.

  5. Great tip! I love the backdrop used for the photo:)

  6. Thanks for this hint Sharon! I love vinegar….it’s just wonderful for so many things! Thanks for the visit to my place! You’re a wonderful friend! ~Tammy~

  7. Very clever Sharon! Thanks for the tip!

  8. I love vinegar too, just not the smell. But, I find I’m using it for cleaning more and more.

  9. Tina, you may have seen my post on BT, but just in case, the backdrop is scrapbook paper.

  10. What a fabulous idea!!!

  11. Great tip, Sharon, and thanks for the hint on using scrapbook paper. I need all the help I can get!

  12. me too, friend. I couldn’t wait to try it when I saw Heather’s photo and she shared her secret.

  13. It’s so easy and then getting to use it another way is icing on the cake.

  14. Hi Sharon, this is a great tip. My husband’s the cook and likes to cook with LOTS of spices and garlic. The house always smells like, well, food!! Lol, anyway, I never thought of putting vinegar out to neutralize. I’m definitely trying this. Thank you

  15. Hi Amy, let me know how it works for you.

  16. I’ve used vinegar for lots of things, but never tried this. I will be trying it for sure! Thanks!
    Debbie 🙂

  17. I will remember this tip Sharon…good one for sure.

  18. This is GREAT! I have little ones in diapers and this could be very handy for our truckstop type bathroom. LOL Can I repost this with links back to you on my blog? I’d love to pass along to my readers.

  19. Hi! I’m happy to share. A post with a link back to mrs. hines class works for me. Thanks!

  20. I’ll try this on the musty smell I get in my basement and see if it works on that…my drains down there are giving me fits constantly!! Here’s hopeing!!

  21. Hi Judy. You’ll have to let me know if it works for you. Good luck. Thanks for visiting!


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