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How to Get Rid of Common Household Odors

March 7th, 2012 Bed and Bath

No one likes walking into a smelly house. Get rid of any lingering smells by tackling them with these solutions, which will stop odor at the source.

Kitchen Tons of funky stuff goes on in the kitchen, and the garbage is a huge culprit. Counteract the stench with these tips.

1. A bowl of vinegar on the counter will soak up smells from strong foods like fish, notes Good Housekeeping.

2. Any lingering smell in the microwave can be eradicated by mixing a bowl with four or five cloves, half of a chopped up lemon and one and a half cups of water. Just boil it in the microwave, then wipe down the walls and leave it open for a bit to air out.

3. Turn on vents or fans when you're cooking or open up a window to let smells out.

4. Clean and disinfect your garbage cans at least once a month to prevent any lasting odor.

Bathroom The powder room is another likely area where smells may develop.

5. Clean your bathroom regularly to get rid of stinky bacteria.

6. Put a couple of candles out and light them with matches, which kill odors, notes Real Simple magazine.

7. Use a cleaning product with bleach or ammonia to get rid of musty mold and mildew.

8. To get rid of that sour smell towels sometimes get, wash them in small loads separate from other items using the hottest water possible for the fabric. Add a cup of ammonia during the rinse cycle.

Other These items can be anywhere in your home, and are just as putrid.

9. Clean your cat's litter box regularly and put a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom to counteract the stench.

10. Bathe your dog regularly to prevent stinky fur that will make everything Fido touches smell bad.

11. If your pet is sprayed by a skunk, mix a quart of hydrogen peroxide with ΒΌ cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Rub it all over your pet's fur, then rinse off. Much better.