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How Do You Deodorize Your House?

Since it's So Fresh and So Clean Month, I figured I'd get down to business and ask you how you deal with one of the most crucial ways to create a fresh home: scent. Whether you have pets, cook often, smoke, or just have a sweaty housemate, you probably have encountered an unruly smell at some point. Take this poll to let me know how you defeat it.

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pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 9 years
Opening up your house is always the best...but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the oils from the Body Shop. Satsuma is the best!
fashionista119 fashionista119 9 years
I keep my house clean using natural cleaning products/methods (including washing fabrics) and when weather permits, keep doors and windows open to circulate the air. I do not use potpurri, scented candles, plug-ins, febreze or scented sprays. I just plain don't like them. In the Spring and Summer I'll put fresh cut flowers out on my tables. Those are scents I can enjoy that are natural!
Akpril Akpril 9 years
I use Method's cucumber scented all purpose cleaning spray. Not technically to clean, but more in a Febreeze way.
Nickey Nickey 9 years
A combo of the above: I open a window (but b/c my smoke detector go off as soon as I turn on the stove or oven) I have plug-ins everywhere in my house and scented candles to light when needed. I take out the trash right after I cook something smelly. I also use Febreeze and carpet deodorizer.
Naturalla Naturalla 9 years
I bake orange peels--it especially works after cooking fish. or boil vanilla, or BAKE:)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 9 years
i use vinagar for everything. wash counters, stove, cabinets and bathrooms my house never smells like wet dog or kids or a husband.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 9 years
I found out that the plug-ins are toxic and generally smell a little to artificial for me, but I just found out this morning that Mrs. Meyers has made one, so I may have to try it cause I have a small space, big dog. Usually cleaning and laundering does it pretty well. I clean my floors and surfaces with Mrs. Meyers lavendar scented all purpose cleaner and it smells so good it makes me almost excited to clean! Also I just got a washer, but no dryer yet, so I hang dry my laundry inside and that makes the place smell really good. I just started using the 7th generation white blossom & bergamot, it smells just like fresh flowers, I love it.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
Your really have to Clean, open your windows and a scented candle to do the job right.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 9 years
My favorite thing to do is open all of the windows and doors to outside and give the floors a good scrubbing. The entire place smells so clean afterwards! I also use febreeze fabric refresher on my sheets for my bed between laundry days...I love snuggling in my bed at night and having my sheets smell like lavender every day!
gitwenty5 gitwenty5 9 years
Move out. My father is a chain-smoker :p Oh, and clean regularly.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
Febreze is way to strong and I don't care if they claim it's's still bazillion chemicals sticking to all of my surfaces and getting on my I use vinegar/water mix with a little baking soda and I diffuse essential oils frequently.... Number one pollutants are indoors and include synthetic fragrances and perfumes...the harm we are doing to our bodies is astounding. I encourage people to consider using more organic or non-toxic things, you'll actually feel better and your house will too.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I use just about all of those depending on the season. Having the window open on a sunny spring day when you have a flower bush under the window, is really nice when the wind blows the smell inside.
mayara mayara 9 years
Cleaning wherever smells are likely to pop up. Opening windows when weather allows to air out the house. Vinegar in a spray bottle for the air in bathrooms with litter boxes (not often used, but useful on occasion) or vinegar soak for cleanup of smelly messes. And for the litter boxes, pine litter; burying the mess the cat neglected to bury goes a long way toward making the house smell better. I avoid commercial sprays, synthetic scents, and most cover-ups for smells. I'd rather my house smell like almost nothing (except for good cooking smells and things like that). I also avoid scented laundry supplies, as they usually make my clothes, towels, and sheets smell strongly synthetic to me. I have used Febreze and the like, but they're last resort (with the offending items preferably washed after the spray has had a chance to do its work).
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Keeping your house tidy and clean really does help, along with washing the fabrics. If you wnat a GREAT smelling house, then do the cleaning with febrezze or something and your set.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I wash everything in my house, from the shower curtains to cleaning the carpet. I also boil vingar over the stove on low heat - my grandmother and mom does this when they fry fish and there is never a fish smell left in the house.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
My fiance is a hockey players. His equipment is too expensive to make him leave it outside. (man it stinks). I do almost all of the above. Febreeze (or make your own!), candles, opening windows, vacuuming, quarantining.
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
I chose other, because I needed an "all of the above" option! I have kids and pets so at any given time I'm cleaning and at least 2 of those other things are happening too! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Among just keeping it clean, I'll open a window and/or burn a Yankee candle.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I'm with you asilgrif, I also steer clear of synthetic scents! I think in general, cleaning the house (and that includes washing whatever needs to be washed) is the best way to keep it nice and fresh. But for specific smells, like when you fry something or you make fondue or raclette... opening the windows and burning essential oils is how I do it.
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
This is a difficult poll, because you really need to do more than one of those things to keep your home smelling nice. Most importantly is regular cleaning and washing fabrics. Next is scented candles or aromatherapy diffusers. I tend to steer clear of synthetic scents because I am sensitive to them.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I wash my curtains and sheets and hang them to dry inside the house. I love using the new downy (wildflower and vanilla?) with the nice long lasting scents and my home smells wonderful for days. Oh, and plug ins as well.
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
I spray Febreze everyday.
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