9 DIY Ways to Kill Smells in Your Home With Everyday Products

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Have you ever walked into a home that just didn’t smell right?

I have. It’s like the homeowners cut off their noses so they couldn’t smell anything anymore.

It happens to all of us.

You somehow live in a smell so you don’t realize it smells.

When you think about it, that’s kind of scary!

How many people have walked into your house thinking it stinks but you’ve carried on like nothing is wrong?

Nobody wants that to happen so in this post we are going to go over some sneaky ways to make your home smell brilliant.

9 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing

What makes these ways sneaky is that they are things you would never think about. Sure you could get the big can of Lysol and spray all over the place but that’s not sneaky.

In fact, that can be kind of toxic depending on the animals you keep around. Did I tell you the time my husband killed two of our beautiful bettas from spraying aerosol around the house to get rid of a smell?

It happened. It was tragic.

Anyways, here are the hacks.

1. Using Kool-Aid to Clean Your Dishwasher

We don’t drink Kool-Aid around here due to its sugar contents. We prefer detox water because are a posh household.

Don’t tell the people that live here that because they don’t need to know.

use kool-aid to clean dishes

Anyways, there is a valid use for buying Kool-Aid and that’s for cleaning your dishwasher. Because we live in Nevada, our water is liquid rock and leaves terrible stains over time.

Throwing a pack of lemonade Kool-Aid instead of dish soap and giving it a run through will clean that dishwasher right up.

You might want to do this without any dishes or else you’ll be wondering why tomorrow night’s spaghetti has a sweet lemon appeal to it.

We found this tip on Real Simple which also happens to be one of the world’s greatest magazines.

2. Decorate Your Shower with Eucalyptus

I’m going to be honest with you, I thought Eucalyptus was something Koalas ate. And they do but I thought that was its only use.

eucalyptus to freshen shower

Apparently, you can hang it in your shower using a rubber suction cup or a Command hook.

How does this work? Assuming you like to take hot showers when the steam hits the Eucalyptus, essential oils are released.

Essential oils are awesome.

3. Use an Old Candle to Freshen Your Car

You already have candles laying around. I know you do. You know you do.

You love candles and who doesn’t?

Unfortunately, candles don’t last but that doesn’t mean you need to throw them away once they get close to their end. Instead, just take the candle and place them in the cup holder of your car.

use old candle to freshen car

You’ll deodorize your air and look like the fancy person who uses candles in their car.

4. Clip a Car Air Freshener to Your Vents

car air freshner clips used on house vent

Nothing beats that new car smell except for every other car air freshener on the market. Why should your car have all the fun?

Simple take a car air freshener and attach it to a vent in your room. You might never go back into your car ever again.

5. Essential Oils on Vent Filter

I try my best to stay away from chemicals simply because I have so many living things in my house.

For some products, it can be tough to avoid but that’s why I love essential oils so much.

Another great hack that I found via Kids Activities Blog is adding essential oils to your air filters.

You are replacing your air filters every 90 days right?!

6. Use Dry Shampoo on Stinky Shoes

using dry shampoo on shoes

First, if you didn’t know, dry shampoo is a thing. It might be the greatest thing in the world so if you didn’t know that was a thing, now you do.

Second, it’s great for clearing out that obnoxious odor that is coming from your flats.

Yes, your flats smell. It’s what happens when you don’t wear socks and please don’t tell me you’re wearing socks with your flats.

Another great tip from the excellent The Krazy Coupon Lady.

7. Coffee Bean Candles

I picked this tip up from the awesome Smart Schoolhouse.

coffee bean candles

Simply get a jar, fill it with vanilla coffee beans and a small tea light. If you want to go crazy with things you can try to find a scented tea light that complements the vanilla coffee beans.

Once the beans start to heat up they will release a wonderful aroma that everyone in your house will love.

8. Garbage Disposal Cleansing Cubes

Lemons have so many awesome uses but one of my favorites has to be their ability to kill smells coming from my garbage disposal.

lemon cubes for garbage disposal

This one is pretty simple. All you have to do is chop up the peels from three lemons into small pieces and spread them evenly into an ice cube tray. Instead of water, use 1.5 cups of white distilled vinegar and freeze.

After they’re frozen store them in a gallon-size plastic freezer bag and send one down the garbage disposal whenever you need it.

Homeedit came through with this wonderful tip.

8. Pine Cone Fresheners

If you live in a place that provides you with easy access to pine cones then you’re in luck because you can use these nature bombs to create some awesome air fresheners.

using pine cones as air freshener

Gather the pine cones and add a couple of drops of essential oil (yaaasssssss, essential oils) and you’ve got yourself a wonderful melody of scents to make your home wonderful.

9. DIY Home Scents

If you love creating things then this one is going to be right up your alley.

DIY Home Scents

Really, there is just too much goodness here to try and summarize so simply check out The Yummy Life for how to create these wonderful things of wonder.

Your Home Doesn’t Have to Stink

You don’t need to go crazy with the chemicals to make your home smell fresh.

Nature has provided us with a lot of wonderful tools to please the senses so why not make the most out of them?

Once you’ve figured out how to conquer the smells it might be time to come up with a plan to clean up your whole home.

If you have any awesome tips let us know about them!

Just in case you might also be wondering about how to clean a mattress or how to get dried paint out of carpet.

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