Winter's just around the corner. While closed windows and doors are a no-brainer when it comes to keeping in the heat, they can also trap unpleasant household smells. So, here's a quick lesson in odor removal:
- Let's start with a little instant dry cleaning for old clothes: Put a small amount of vodka in a spray bottle and lightly mist the garment. The alcohol kills bacteria without leaving a scent. Costumers use this trick to get the smell of mothballs, sweat, and mildew out of the vintage clothing in their wardrobes.
- Whenever you eat an orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit, run the peels through the garbage disposal. You'll take care of sink stink without the risk harmful fumes.* Odor buster #3: Vanilla extract. If you wipe your freezer with a cloth dampened with vanilla, you'll get rid of all the smells that linger on ice. To disinfect the freezer, use a solution of white vinegar and water. It gets the icebox clean without leaving a "chemical" smell.
- To deodorize food storage containers, soak plastic ones in warm water and baking soda. For glass jars and dishes, use a mixture of one teaspoon powdered mustard to one quart of warm water.
- You can get rid of the musty odor in your basement by using an onion. Just slice it in half, put it on a plate and leave it overnight. The next morning there might be a slight onion smell, but that soon goes away - and takes the musty basement smell with it.