Sometimes our food can cause odours in our refrigerators (we’re looking at you, cauliflower!) Combat this by not just cleaning it out and regularly wiping the shelves, but by keeping a dish of coffee grounds or bicarbonate of soda inside. These will help to absorb any lingering scents and have your fridge smelling fresh again in no time. Just remember to replace them every now and again.
Indulged in some Italian for lunch that was a bit heavy on the garlic? Make sure your breath is sweet-smelling by snacking on an apple for dessert. It’s proven to be effective. Alternatively, try munching on a sprig of parsley, which contains a natural deodoriser. And here we always thought that the garnish was just meant to be a pretty addition to meals!
We might love them, but definitely not the smell they leave behind on our clothing, furniture and carpets. Tackle this problem by sprinkling baking soda on to the carpet and furniture, allow to sit for a while to absorb the scent and then vacuum it all up. Performing this ritual at least once a week should help keep the doggy odour at bay.
Most of us experience a bit of a smell after a long day of wearing shoes, and this is caused by bacteria. A simple, effective solution lies in the humble teabag. Simply soak a few black teabags in boiling water as if you were going to make yourself a cuppa, remove the bags and allow them to cool. Then place the teabags in the offending shoes for a few hours. This will kill any odour causing germs.
The instantly recognisable smell of mothballs can teleport even our hottest outfits to the old-age home if anyone gets a whiff. Rather than using them to keep fish moths from having their way with your clothing, opt for blocks of cedar wood or head to the spice rack and grab some cloves and cinnamon bark. These natural alternatives smell great and are just as effective.
Few things ruin an otherwise peaceful environment more than an unpleasant aroma. So keep the atmosphere in your home fresh by placing fragrant pot plants in different places in and around the house. Indoor plants not only smell great, but are natural air purifiers too, so your space will not only smell sweet, but the air will be cleaner and a whole lot healthier to boot.
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