Here are some simple cleaning recipes that you can use to get rid of pungent odours.
To get rid of the unpleasant odour from cigarette smoke, put ½ cup of white vinegar in each of several containers and place them around the house.
If someone in your home smokes, you can put baking soda or cat litter in the bottom of ashtrays to help absorb the odour. The best option is to have a smoke-free home.
To remove cigarette smoke in a car, soak two towels in white vinegar and put each into a bowl. Put these near the ashtray and the back seat and leave overnight.
To remove smells from carpets, sprinkle liberally baking soda on dry carpets and leave for 15 minutes before you vacuum it up. Repeat if necessary.
If you have a cupboard that smells damp and musty, put a box of cat litter in there. It will absorb the damp smell and leave the cupboard smelling fresh.
White vinegar in warm water will help to remove the smell of pet puddles left behind from pet accidents.
If you would like to get rid of the smell of stale, sour milk on fabrics, soak in white vinegar for two hours and wash in the usual manner. If you can’t wash the fabric, dab the area with tissue and then apply white vinegar. Dab again and get the area as dry as possible. Repeat if necessary.
A natural and effective way to remove fishy smells after cooking fish is to cut a lemon in half and boil it in a little water. The steam will disperse the aroma and neutralise the fishy smell.
Lemons and white vinegar are great for removing the stinky fishy odour from your hands. Cut lemons in halves and soak in water. Use it to rinse your hands after preparing fish. Another option is to wash your hand in white vinegar and rinse with water.
Baking soda is great for removing the slimy fish residue from the kitchen sink. As for the chopping board, dampen the board with water and sprinkle salt on the board. Cut a fresh lemon in half and use one half to rub the salt into the board. This cleans your board and gets rid of the smell.
Smelly cooked cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower
Place a small bowl of white vinegar or baking soda on the kitchen bench next to the stove to absorb the smells.
Cover the board with a paste of baking soda and water and let it set for 30 minutes. Remove the paste with hot soapy water and then, rub the entire board with a little lemon juice.
Squeeze half a lemon into 2 cups of water and place into the microwave on high power till it boils. Leave for five minutes and wipe down the microwave surfaces with a soft absorbent cloth and leave the door open to air out. This will leave your microwave fresh and clean.
Fridge & freezer
For a lovely clean, fresh aroma in your fridge, place cotton balls soaked in vanilla or a dish of baking soda or an open container of coffee grounds inside the fridge.
To remove unpleasant odours from your freezer, empty and defrost the freezer. Once all the ice has melted, wash all surfaces with soap and warm water. Then, use a mixture of ¼ cup of baking soda in about 1 litre of water to wipe all surfaces thoroughly. Place a dish of baking soda in the freezer once everything has been wiped dry.
Place orange peels or a whole unpeeled lemon in the oven and bake them for 15 minutes at 300 degrees. After baking, leave the oven door slightly ajar. Remove the fruit only when it has completely cooled.
To remove the smoky smell of split over, burnt food in the oven, sprinkle salt onto the burnt mess.
For a natural drain deodoriser, put ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup of white vinegar and let it bubble for a few minutes. Then pour down a full kettle of boiling water. Repeat if necessary.
Breathe easy with clean fresh air, naturally!
Dr Esther Lok
Disclaimer: All advice may not be construed as medical advice or instruction and is not meant to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. Information has been compiled from the author’s personal experiences and own research into multiple existing public references and previously published scientific studies. While all care is taken, information is not warranted as accurate and The Organics Institute and Dr Esther Lok cannot be held liable for any errors and omissions.