I was inspired to write this blog post in response to community questions. “How do I get the smell out of soccer goalie gloves? cleats? How do I help my parents get rid of the toxic air fresheners they use to cover dog smell? How do I freshen the carpet my son crawls and sits on? How do I freshen the air quickly?”
At my Acupuncturist yesterday I saw the “Real Simple” magazine and I was curious to flip through to read the article, “Secrets to a Good Selling Home.” I wanted to see if they were choosing safe REAL ways to deodorize or if they were going to suggest burning candles. What I read gave me HOPE that the tide has shifted and as a SOCIETY we are ready to embrace natural and healthy instead of advertising and fake scents! Did you know that products like Glade plug ins and Febreeze add chemicals to your air? If you have an odor problem, go to the source! Thank you to Real Simple for your article and for reiterating that, “clean does’t have a scent.”
5 Tips for Eliminating Odors in a Natural and Healthy Way!
Good Ventilation is Key. Open Windows to allow fresh air in. During our hot and humid North Carolina summers this isn’t always possible but any opportunity I get I let fresh air in. We also have an ERV unit.
Baking Soda is cheap and effective at eliminating odors. I use a mason jar with a shaker lid. Sprinkle on carpets and put in laundry. You can even add a few drops of essential oil and shake in the jar.
Stinky soccer and lacrosse gloves - Put (cheap) vodka in a spray bottle. Vodka eliminates odors. It is the alcohol content that does the work. I suggest not diluting for this purpose, although you can try with 1/2 water as well. You can also put in newspapers or a cotton cloth to absorb extra dampness after use.
Air freshener - First open windows when you can. Second spray the air with 1/2 vodka and 1/2 water.
Vinegar also absorbs odors. I use it to soak my clothes when new, in my wash to get out perfumes from scented spaces, to clean my dishwasher, and washing machine.