Eliminating Odors the Healthy (and Cheap) Way!

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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Air freshener - First open windows when you can. Second spray the air with 1/2 vodka and 1/2 water.

  5. 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.

Kudos to “Real Simple” Magazine for their article, “Secrets to a Great Smelling Home”. The article shared true, cost-effective, and HEALTHY advice also sensitivities to scents and chemicals!

Kudos to “Real Simple” Magazine for their article, “Secrets to a Great Smelling Home”. The article shared true, cost-effective, and HEALTHY advice also sensitivities to scents and chemicals!

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Reusable spray bottles are great, or purchase a glass one!

Reusable spray bottles are great, or purchase a glass one!

5 Simple Cost Effective Ways to 'Clean and Green' Your Kitchen

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Here are 5 ways to clean and green your kitchen space while reducing your ‘kitchen footprint’ on the earth. Many of us spend a lot of time in our kitchens with our families. Cooking, doing homework, eating meals and gatherings with family and friends. Everyone always seems to gather in the kitchen space. These simple steps will help you ‘clean and green’ your kitchen making it a healthier space to be in! It is also friendlier to the earth and your wallet :)

Green Your Kitchen!

  1. Create an all purpose kitchen spray with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water. Use with cotton cloths on counters and stove. If you prefer a scented product you can add lemon essential oil or make your own oil infused vinegar. In a glass jar, place orange peels, lemon peels, grapefruit peels and cover with vinegar. Store for 2-3 weeks and add to your bottle! These are my go to glass spray bottles. For a larger bottle you can use a reusable plastic spray bottle purchased at the supermarket or any local home store.

  2. Use less Paper Towels! Americans seem to be obsessed with paper towels. They are expensive and reusable cotton cloths can be used instead. I also have these Skoy Cloths in my kitchen. They absorb spills and I use them for cleaning as well. I like this pack with it’s different colors for different uses.

  3. Add a houseplant or 2! Houseplants brighten spaces and help oxygenate the air. You can go big or small depending on your space. Kitchen windows are also great for small herb plants such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano! Click here for Great Kitchen Herbs.

  4. Go unscented with your garbage bags. You can deodorize with baking soda. JUST SAY NO TO FEBREEZE PRODUCTS! They are toxic in nature. Scented garbage bags just add chemicals into your kitchen that you shouldn’t be breathing in. Compost what you can to reduce your weekly trash!

  5. Go natural with your dishwasher (and dish washing) detergent. Popular store bought brands contain bleach and those chemicals get released into the air and also sit on your dishes and drink ware. I prefer making my own dishwasher detergent due to cost but there are better store bought brands. Ecover unscented has been my store bought go to. Look for an ingredient list! Do not buy household products without ingredients. You can check safe products here at EWG’s Cleaning Guide: https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

Citrus Peels in Vinegar - cheap and effective!

Citrus Peels in Vinegar - cheap and effective!