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Do you walk into your house, take a deep breath, and want to turn around and go right back out the door? With our busy schedules, we don’t always have time to clean as often as we would like to and that can leave us with not only a guilty conscience, but a stinky problem as well.
If you have tried air fresheners, incense, and even essential oil reed diffusers, you have probably discovered that these things only cover up the smells: They don’t get rid of them.
Sometimes, even after cleaning, smells remain a problem.
Want to know what maids and housekeepers everywhere use to get rid of bad odors?
Baking soda. Simple, inexpensive, baking soda.
You probably have a box in your fridge and freezer (when was the last time you changed those by the way?). Next trip to the store, get several large boxes. We are going to show you how to get rid of some of the stinkiest things in your home using nothing more than baking soda.
1. The Toilet
You don’t need to use toxic bleach to get a really clean, white, fresh smelling bowl; all you need is baking soda. This trick is used by housekeepers and maids as the easiest way to clean a toilet with little or no scrubbing. Simply flush the toilet, then dump one cup of baking soda in it. You can swish it around with the brush to make sure you get it all over, and then close the lid. That’s it! Walk away! You can leave it overnight or simply flush again in an hour. Try this! It sounds too simple to be true, but it really works!
2. Carpet and Upholstery
No matter how carefully you try to enforce that “no food in the living room” rule, somehow it always seems to end up there, doesn’t it? Let’s not forget that Uncle Joe decided to smoke his cigar in there last visit as well. Even if you vacuum frequently, upholstered furniture and carpeting can start to take on a musty kind of unpleasant odor. Don’t call the carpet cleaning company; just pull out your handy box of baking soda. Whether you want to deodorize the carpet or the furniture, the method is the same. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the surface and allow it to absorb the odors for 30 to 60 minutes, and then vacuum it up! It’s that easy!
3. The Vacuum Cleaner
Speaking of the vacuum cleaner, it sometimes works so hard vacuuming up all those nasty things on the floor, including the baking soda from the carpet you just deodorized, that it can also take on a musty odor. For best results here, use two ingredients. Mix just three or four drops of your favorite essential oil into some baking soda and sprinkle it on a carpet, rug, or even just the floor. Then vacuum this mixture up for a sweet smell that will fill the entire house. This works best when you put in a fresh bag!
4. Stinky Rooms
No matter which room you are talking about; the baby’s room, the garage, the living room, or the entry way, sometimes it feels as if no matter how much you clean, the smell has permeated the walls or the floor or something! This might take more than one try, but this method works amazingly well. Depending on the size of the room (and the size of the stink) put one or two cups of baking soda in a large bowl. Put it in the room and close the doors and windows. Let this sit overnight, and then dump it down the drain or in the garbage pail. If the smell still lingers, repeat. If the room is very large, you might want to put out a couple of bowls in different place in the room.
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