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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thursday's Houshold Tip- 6 Ways to Banish Odors and Freshen Your Home

•Sour sponges can make your whole sink area smell disgusting! To freshen your sponges, rinse them thoroughly after each use. In addition, put them in your dishwasher with every load you wash and/or put them in the microwave oven for 30 seconds and/or wash them with baking soda.

•To freshen your house while you vacuum, add a cotton ball soaked in your favorite essential oil or perfume to your new vacuum bag or in the dirt receptacle of a bagless vacuum cleaner. Choose the right aroma, and you might even enjoy vacuuming–well, at least a little.

•For shoe odors: spray inside with Febreze or shoe deoderizing spray made by Odor Eaters (available in shoe repair shops and drug stores), or loosely wrap a cotton ball soaked in an essential oil in plastic wrap and place in shoes or boots. Fabric softener sheets will also take care of shoe odors.

•Keep food cupboard shelves clean–especially where there might be drips from food containers.

•Heloise suggests making your own aromatic jars. Take a small, clean glass jar and put a few cotton balls inside. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as clove, cinnamon, orange or peppermint and punch holes in the top. Now put your jars under a bed, behind books on the book shelf, near the cat litter box or wherever you need to freshen the air.

•Use high quality aromatherapy candles.


  1. Thanks for the tips! The sponge one is so true!

  2. I need to actually do more of what I'm suggesting as tips. It's not much easier to get stuff done with a 13 month old. :)


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