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10 Really Bad Smells Erased With Baking Soda

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When you walk into your house after a day at work, does your house smell fresh and inviting? Or are there lingering smells? Think hard; what about the bathroom? Your closet? How about the garage – any bad smells there?

Well, if you have been plagued with bad smells in your house that you have no idea what to do about, stop trying to cover them up. Now you’ll have a solution. It’s as simple as baking soda.

Baking soda has antiseptic properties as well as a really cool effervescent quality to it. It only bubbles in the presence of an acid.


How To Eliminate Bad Smells with Baking Soda

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Here’s the list of 10 pretty stinky smells and what to do about them:

1. Stinky Cat Litter Box

Cats can be pretty stinky animals especially when they urinate or defecate into the litter box. Have you ever gagged while cleaning the kitty litter? Have you ever noticed that if you call the litter area ‘kitty litter’, it’s not as bad smelling as ‘cat litter’? Still, the smell could make you want to put on a bubble suit just so the smell doesn’t somehow stick to you!

All your bad days are over! Before going into the cat room, arm yourself with a box of baking soda and sprinkle it into the kitty litter each morning. It won’t harm the animal or you and the smell will be remarkably less. How much do you sprinkle? Start with a fourth of a cup. Sprinkle, then leave the room. Return after about an hour. If your nose detects stench, add another fourth of a cup and call it a day of victory!


Oh, by the way, this doesn’t mean you’ll never have to do the sifting again!


2. Really Stinky Toilet

Why house-cleaners don’t tell you their tricks to less cleaning and scrubbing is obvious – you won’t need them anymore. To clean the toilet, first flush the toilet. Then dump a cup of baking soda in, close the lid and let the bubbles do the scrubbing for you. Return in about an hour and flush.

3.Smelly Coolers and Thermos Bottles

Fill both these camping devices with a baking soda / water combination. In a thermos bottle, start with a tablespoon baking soda to up to 3 cups water. Just mix and leave in the thermos for about 20 minutes, then rinse. For the cooler, fill the entire cooler with water, add ½ cup baking soda, shut the lid and return in an hour. Rinse.

4. Drain with Foul Odor

Just add a few tablespoons to the stinky drain a few times a week as a matter of habit. After about an hour, run the hot water for a few minutes. Drains will cease to smell in very little time at all.

5. Bad Smell Emanating From the Vacuum Cleaner

After cleaning the stinky cat litter that somehow the cat managed to get all the way in the living room with baking soda, you know the solution – more baking soda. Sprinkle it on the carpet – which may also be stinky. Let it sit there in the carpet, working its magic for about an hour. Then vacuum it up. With this solution, you get two things cleaned simultaneously. Amazing, isn’t it?

6. Smelly Shoes

Sprinkle a teaspoon in stinky shoes. You know, it’s possible you may be able to wash those tennis shoes in the washer! Then keep them clean-smelling with baking soda.

10 Really Bad Smells Erased With Baking Soda was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by Top10HomeRemedies
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24 thoughts on “10 Really Bad Smells Erased With Baking Soda”

  1. Just used this to clean EVERYTHING! 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup apple vinegar. Mix and add to a spray bottle. Spray on grout, dirty stove, tiles, everything! Wait a few minutes and either scrub with a brush or sponge/wipe off. It leaves a residue on wood cabinets and glass so you will have to go over it with soapy water. This cleaned stuff I never thought would be clean again and I was amazed at how well it de-greased! No chemical smell, or chemicals left behind for the little ones or the pets. Wonderful!

    1. Hi there, found the article really helpful. But m confused, when u say baking soda, does that mean soda bicarbonate or baking powder. Thanks

  2. Moved into a house thats been vacant for awhile. The wood stairs & wood cabinets have a bad smell cleaned with bleach,pine sol, amiona, degreaser etc and smell is still there.
    # helpsoreadytomoveandonlybeenherer1week

    1. Try using Murphy’s Oil Soap, make a paste of water and baking soda to use on areas that need elbow grease, but than follow with the Murphy’s Oil Soap, hope this helps

  3. Very useful and it really works…
    Try it guys what are you waiting for its proven & effective.
    Thank youyou for the very helpful info.

  4. The given tips are very ùseful for home and office. Readers are thankful to the person /media served this.

  5. Water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and drops of essential oils pretty much cleans most everything in my house and leaves it smelling nice.

  6. Thanks for advice had a bad smell in my bedroom due to drain used baking soda and white vinega smells gone and I now have a fresh bedroom
    Thanks for the great advice.

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