4 Common Household Odors Gone for Good!

Living in a small, open floor plan means that household odors travel.

Today, I have a safe, inexpensive and natural deodorizer that will help you get rid of those common household odors for good.

The worst offender in my home is the kitchen.  Between the trash can and garbage disposal,  something always needs freshening.

1.  Garbage Disposal

To deodorize your garbage disposal, simply freeze vinegar and small pieces of lemon together in an ice tray.

4 common Household Odors gone for good: Mrs. Hines' Class

Pop an ice-cube in your disposal whenever you need it.

2.  Laundry

I have noticed on occasion that our laundry, especially the towels, smell a little, well, stinky.

4 common Household Odors gone for good: Mrs. Hines' Class

To solve that dilemma, just add vinegar to your wash cycle.   Your laundry will smell so fresh!

3.  Pet accidents

As much as we love our cat, he sometimes misses the litter box.

 4 common Household Odors gone for good: Mrs. Hines' Class

After wiping up the urine, spray the floor with a mixture of vinegar and water.  I let it sit for a while before mopping.

I have a ceramic tile floor, and have never had an issue using vinegar on it.


4.  Odors in the Air

If you’ve ever cooked fish, you know that the seafood smell can linger in the air for days.

4 common Household Odors gone for good: Mrs. Hines' Class

But not if you try this tip!  Just set out a bowl of vinegar overnight and it will absorb the smell.

This tip is good for removing cigarette smoke or paint fumes, too.



Do you know of any other ways that vinegar deodorizes?  I’d love to hear your tips.


See you in class,

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  1. Love all these tips Sharon. I use a 50/50 mix of warm water and vinegar to wash down wood or metal thrifted items before painting. The vinegar cuts through the grime or greasy spots.

  2. I use vinegar for all sorts of household and health purposes. My husband uses the baking soda and white vinegar treatment to unstop a drain,. I use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar for cooking and health purposes. Thanks for the reminder about using it in the wash. I haven’t done that in a long time..

  3. Thanks for the tips, I’ll have to try the leaving the vinegar and lemon out for a night! We’ve been ‘smoking’ lot’s of fish lately and my house smells like it!! I didn’t know it helps with paint fumes too – I think my family is used to smelling paint by now…

  4. I never thought about making the ice cube mixture ..I do always put my used lemons through the disposal and have put ice with them, but I like the idea of having them all ready to go! Vinegar for the cat urine also works on carpets-learned this with my last cat who in her old age starting having difficulty making it to her box 🙁

  5. That’s a great tip, Kerryane! Thank you for sharing.

  6. I’m loving discovering the many uses of vinegar…now I buy the big jug of it at the store just to make sure I have enough.

  7. Let me know how it works for you Heather. I bet that smoked fish was delicious!

  8. Good to know about vinegar for the carpet. I put used lemons or oranges down the disposal, too. I need to freeze another batch of ice cubes…it really is nice to have them on hand.

  9. I’m with you….vinegar or lemon (or both!) fix a lot of things. I also love lemon essential oil for some of the same things plus it’s got a lot more uses and is easy to work with. Thanks for the tips! Lisa~

  10. Hi Lisa! I’m really wanting to venture into using essential oils…lemon, lavender..

  11. You’ll love essential oils….you’ll never go back. They have done amazing things for my family. 🙂

    I heard about your blog through Katie at blinds.com….she told me I’d love your site and I do! Great stuff! 🙂 Looking forward to getting to know each other. (I tried to email you through the email on your about page and it said it does not exist). Lisa~

  12. This is awesome, thanks for all the tips!

  13. Great tips, Sharon! I never knew about the vinegar and am definitely going to try that! Thanks so much for sharing and hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  14. Sharon these are AWESOME tips. We already put lemons in our garbage disposal and have definitely used vinegar in the laundry {because… three boys} but never thought to freeze the cubes for the disposal. That’s perfect! Thanks so much for sharing – you always have amazing tips!! xo

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