How to Get Rid of Odors Naturally In Your Home

It doesn’t matter if you clean your home top to bottom every day, the odors of daily life are unavoidable. Each home has a signature scent when you walk in the door, or into a specific room of the house. If your home’s signature scent isn’t pleasing, it's possible to change it! There is a way to get rid of those off-putting smells naturally, and in this post I’m giving you some of my favorite tips!

I wish that I had some before shots of our home, but since we've lived here since pre-digital camera days. Let's just say that it needed work and the former owners both smoked cigarettes heavily. You can imagine! It took the longest time for me to get that smoke odor out of the house, even though we had ripped out all of the carpet and painted. I've learned lots of tricks along the way for odor removal and I'm a fan of natural products and not chemicals whenever possible.

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How to Get Rid of Smelly Odors

Trash can

One of the common culprits for a smelly home is the trash can. The trash can is one of the most neglected areas of the house because most people don’t think to clean and deodorize the place where you put your trash! Baking soda can not only help get rid of your trash can odors but also prevent it from coming back. You can either sprinkle a little at the bottom of your trash can or directly into the trash if needed. Don't forget to clean the kitchen and bathroom trash cans as they all harbor lots of bacteria, especially with the nasty flu that's been going around. THIS is the product that we use in our trash cans and I think that you'll love the scent!


Garbage disposal

If your garbage disposal smells foul, you shouldn’t be too surprised. A garbage disposal has rotting food inside of it, and those smells can leak into the home if they get stuck in the garbage disposal. My husband the general contractor (recent client kitchen remodel below;-)) has given me strict instructions to NEVER put things down the disposal and only use it for whatever is stuck on to plates and cookware. 

If your garbage disposal needs a little refresher, put those citrus fruits to good use. Use your leftover lemon rinds to help freshen your garbage disposal by putting them in the garbage disposal while it’s still running. Next, make sure you let cold water run for a while to make sure that all the lemon rinds make their way down. I also like to keep the blades fresh by grinding stale ice cubes that can smell in the disposal.



This one might sound silly, but you have probably had a similar problem. The air in our home gets recirculated around continually, bringing all of those bad odors with it. If your air smells less than fresh, here’s how I'll often fix it. Season permitting, start by opening the windows and letting some fresh air inside. Next, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to cotton balls and place them in a small bowl. I like to use cinnamon or orange in my home, but you can use whatever scent you prefer. If you are going to burn some candles, try and select soy based because they don't dirty the air as much as regular wax.



If you have pets in your home, your signature scent could end up being your pets! They leave their smell all over the house in the form of dander, making it difficult to get rid of. If you don’t have time to bathe your pet, here's one of our favorite tips. Sprinkle some baking soda onto their fur, rub it in well, and then give them a thorough brushing. That will neutralize the odor and it's all natural and won't bother your pet.



Your carpets lock in a lot of bad odors, especially if you have pets in the home. Get rid of a smelly carpet or rug by sprinkling baking soda onto the surface and let it sit for at least half an hour. If you have pets, make sure they stay away from the treated area as consuming baking soda might make them sick. After 30 minutes, vacuum up the baking soda.


You don’t need to spray chemicals in your home to get rid of foul odors in your home. With these tips, you’ll have a house that smells fresh and clean naturally. I'm linking a few of my favorite cleaning products below that I use and think you'll enjoy too!

How to Get Rid of Odors Naturally In Your Home- shabbyfufu