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Breathe: 9 Natural Ways to Reduce Odours in the Home

When weather keeps doors and windows closed tight, the air inside your home can get a little stale.

While the professional house cleaners at MOLLY MAID love that green cleaning products help create a clean and fresh scent, there are also other ways to get rid of smells you don’t like… and freshen up the air naturally.

Try these au natural air freshening techniques:

  • Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) is a great absorber of smells. Put a handful into the bottom of your kitchen garbage. Place an open box in the fridge.
  • Vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
  • Having houseplants helps reduce odours in the home. The be stair-filtering plants, according to DavidSuzuki.org: spider plants, peace lilies, snake plants, elephant ears, weeping figs, rubber plants and bamboo palms.
  • Prevent cooking odours by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking. To get strong smells such as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water.
  • Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter.
  • Use naturally-scented candles.
  • Grind up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal.
  • Simmer water and cinnamon or other spices on the stove.
  • Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in each room.