getting rid of stinky smells

here are some remedies to get rid of stinky smells

  1. Gym Shoe Funk
    Non-leather shoes, you can wash them in the washing machine. Try leaving the shoes in the sun or putting them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer overnight. Then sprinkle the insoles with baking soda or store-bought Odor Eaters.
  2. The Dog Smell in Your Car
    The first order of business is to get rid of any blankets, pillows, toys, or bones in the car. Vacuum seats and floorboards to remove pet hair. Sprinkle upholstery and floor mats with baking soda and let sit over night; vacuum in the morning. If the car still smells like a kennel, spritz with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Let dry completely, with windows down.
  3. Mold and Mildew
    If it’s just a musty smell that’s bothering you, run a dehumidifier to pull some of the odor-causing moisture out of the air. Activated charcoal (available at most pet supply or garden stores) will neutralize mold and mildew smells in damp basements and crawl spaces. White vinegar, tee tree oil, and grapefruit seed extract are natural fungicides that can be mixed with water and sprayed on mildew. Ground coffee in a (clean) sock, hung in a closet, can also get rid of musty smells.
  4. Refrigerator Stink
    Clean out food that’s moldy, rotten, old, and smelly, and anything that has changed color or physical state. Wipe down the walls, shelves, and bins with a solution of warm water and white vinegar, and stash an opened box of baking soda in the back to absorb odors.
  5. Cat Urine
    Try Urine Off, Anti-Icky-Poo, or Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats.
  6. Garlic on Your Hands
    Scrub your palms with a cut lemon or lime. Alternatively, rub your hands over a stainless steel spoon under cold, running water for thirty seconds.
  7. Skunk Spray
    The most effective recipe for getting the stench out: scrub with hydrogen peroxide (3 percent), baking soda, and mild dish liquid.
  8. Fish Smell in the Kitchen
    Set a bowl of white vinegar by the stove or oven when you cook fish to help neutralize odors. Follow any remnants that go down your sink’s garbage disposal with half lemon or lime.
  9. Smoky Clothes
    Start by hanging them outside for a few hours, where sunlight and air can get to them, or use an electric fan. If they still smell, wash or dry clean the items. Another tip: Febreze them. Furniture or clothes with extensive smoke damage (say, from a fire), will likely need to be professionally cleaned by a fire restoration company.
  10. Diaper Stench
    Try emptying the diapers into the toilet before depositing them into the diaper pail. Sprinkle regularly with baking soda or a product like Smelleze or Diaper Buddies, and take out the trash at least once a day.

read article by Kathryn Williams from Divine Caroline: Ten Stinky Smells and How to Get Rid of Them


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