Super easy (and proven) ways to make your house smell good naturally!

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Having a house that stinks can be super embarrassing!  Frustrating if you don’t know why your house smells. And downright stressful if you think you will have guests coming over before your foul-smelling situation is resolved!

Knowing how to get rid of the medley of odors in your home can be tricky, but luckily, it is easier than you think!  The key is to avoid masking odors and instead eliminate them with a few lifestyle changes and sneaky little hacks.

 1. Get rid of old food in the fridge! 

We’ve all opened the fridge door and had to ask “what is that smell!”  Unfortunately, that terrible smell is released into the air each time the fridge is opened which is no bueno. 


  • As a rule of thumb, anything more than 10 days old needs to go straight into the trash can. To make this a habit, pick one day out of the week to clean out old food.
  • Be sure to wash the shelves off with your favorite dish detergent or all-purpose cleaner.  And for the love of Pete, do not forget to wash the bins at the bottom of the fridge! You can usually find all sorts of stinky things down there. *sigh*
  • Some foods like tuna or boiled eggs are simply loud! The key is to use airtight containers with foods that “stink!” I prefer glassware because you don’t have to worry about odors being absorbed or staining. Plus they bring an air of sophistication to your fridge *wink*

2. Use baking soda every day, everywhere to absorb odors! 

It’s a powerful odor absorber and ridiculously affordable.   While most of us grew up seeing a box of baking soda in the fridge, it is great for cleaning and absorbing odors all over the house!


  • Pour some into the garbage disposal and let it sit overnight.  Be sure to actually run the dishwasher once per day to keep food from sitting in the disposal which will make the sink stink.
  • Sprinkle a bit onto carpets prior to vacuuming. It’ll deodorize them however if you’re looking for a more scented solution, try adding a few drops of essential oils to the powder.
  • Dirty laundry, and in particular, wet workout clothing can make your house have an odor. Add baking soda to your washing machine when washing stinky clothes to give your detergent an odor-fighting boost!
  • Add a small amount of baking soda to your kid’s potty to keep urine odors at bay. At the end of the day, wash the pot down with a simple mixture of detergent and baking soda.

 3. Don’t let fruit and vegetables go bad! 

If you want your home to smell enchantingly fresh, trust me on this one.  Once those gases from your fruits & veggies start being released, while it’s not a bad smell, it can still be off-putting.   


  • In general, make sure to keep fruits and vegetables where you can see them.  Once, I placed potatoes in a cabinet and forgot about them. Two months later, my entire family searched our house for an assumed dead animal–it was the potatoes.  *smh*
  • Use gas absorbers to keep fruit fresher for longer. They are cute little balls that you can easily get off Amazon and worth every penny.
  • Wash any area that you are storing fruits and vegetables on a daily basis to keep the area clean and odor-free.

4. Wash fabrics in the house more often! 

Believe it or not, upholstered furniture and fabric hold on to odors.  Think of things like your sofas, snuggle blankets and curtains. Luckily, most of these items can go into the washing machine.  And anything else can be wiped off with a little soap and water. Easy right?


  • If you have pets in the home and are looking for ways to get rid of the dreaded “pet smell,” you’re in the right place!  Wash pet beds, cages, and blankets once per week to keep smells at bay.  
  • Steam clean curtains at least once per year to get rid of the odors that become trapped in the fabric. A good alternative will be to use a fabric odor eliminator like vinegar and water or a store-bought product.
  • Sheets should be washed weekly and blankets or duvets, at least monthly. If you have small children or teenagers, this will make a huge difference in how their room smells!
  • Make a solution of water and just a splash of laundry detergent, vinegar or baking soda and wipe off sofa cushions and pillows at least weekly. This is very important for high-traffic areas!

5. Your bathroom might be causing your house to stink! 

Yep, you read that right.  While the entire house needs to be cleaned regularly, keeping the bathroom clean will go a long way towards making your house smell clean.  (Afterall, a lot of smelly things go on there.) 


  • Start with the toilets. All you need is a good ol’ fashioned toilet bowl brush and a soft scrub cleaner.  Or of course, baking soda, vinegar or any all-purpose cleaner of your choice will work!
  • Keep your bathroom well ventilated as often as possible. Run the ventilator or open windows after showering or bathing so that odors and moisture (which leads to mold and mildew) cannot thrive.
  • Wipe the base and floor around the toilet daily. There is usually urine on the floor that isn’t always visible until you wipe the area and inspect the towel.
  • If you have a trash can in the bathroom, it needs to be emptied weekly at a minimum. And for my ladies, if it’s that time of the month, make sure your sanitary items are wrapped up tightly and disposed of daily!

6. Sitting air can cause your house to stink! 

Walk into a house that’s been closed up for a while and the first thing you want to do is get some fresh air inside the place! Make sure you are allowing your house to breathe so that terrible smells are not trapped inside.


  • Run the air conditioner. A great hack to easily add a fresh scent throughout your home is to lightly spray the filters with essential oils or your favorite scent!
  • Open the windows from time to time. The bad odors in your home will be swept away with a nice cool breeze. A great hack is to wipe the windowsills down with your favorite cleaner so that the breeze carries that scent throughout the entire house!
  • Turn your ceiling fans on to help whip that fresh air around the house.  Remember, sitting air is stale air.

7. Keep your actual trash can from stinking!

Trash cans are a major source of odor so be sure to clean those bad boys regularly.  On top of the trash you throw in there stinking, the actual trash can may be a source of lingering odor.

The inner linings of most are plastic and unfortunately, plastic is notorious for holding on to odors. Aside from taking the trash out daily, there are a few other things you can do to prevent the trash can from smelling foul.


  • Always wipe down the trash can when you clean your kitchen. You’d be surprised at how dirty it gets throughout the course of a day.
  • If something has spilled inside the trashcan, spray it with an all-purpose cleaner, pour some boiling water inside and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Pour the contents out into a toilet. And presto! Your trash can is like new again!
  • It’s always smart to keep some type of odor absorber in the trash can. There are plenty to choose from on Amazon. But of course, you may already have just what you need at home! You could always put a little baking soda in the bottom of the trash can and call it a day.

8.  An enzymatic cleaner is your answer to urine smells and stains! 

It doesn’t matter whether you have pets or kids, pee is pee and needs a special type of product to break down the molecules that cause that distinct, ammonia-like smell that everyday household cleaners can’t seem to eliminate.  

Enzyme cleaners have been gaining popularity as non-toxic, hyper-effective products for specific needs such as removing pesky urine odors. Where traditional household cleaners fail, is where these cleaners win!


  • Not all enzyme cleaners are created equally. Be sure to purchase one specifically for urine stains or odors.
  • If you can’t get the odor out of your carpets, the padding and/or carpet might actually need to be replaced.  Once the odor is absorbed by the padding, replacing it is usually the best option.  

9.  Clean your house to make it smell good!

While this isn’t the most clever or glamorous hack, it is the single most effective thing you can do to get rid of odors. (I’m sorry if you’re disappointed by this one!) If you are not regularly cleaning your home, thick, unpleasant odors are to be expected.  


  • Mopping floors is something everyone hates but it is the one chore you don’t want to skip!
  • All surfaces should be washed regularly and some commonly overlooked ones include the inside of the fridge, ceiling fans, and doors.
  • If even after thoroughly cleaning you still smell bad odors, the next move should be to clean or replace the carpets, wash walls and clean your vents.


If your house stinks, simply spraying air freshener will not help at all. You must eliminate odors by cleaning and truly pinpointing where odors may be coming from. Then you can try all types of fun scents and feel confident knowing your house actually smells amazing!


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