5 Non-Toxic and Natural Ways to Control Odor

It happens to everyone: sometimes there's an unfortunate odor in your house - maybe it's coming from your garbage can, something that burnt in the kitchen, the bathroom or the litter box. Our first suggestion would be to entirely eliminate it, but if that's not possible our next suggestion would be to ditch the synthetic fragrances and opt for something non-toxic and natural. Maybe even something you already own!

Don't forget an open window and a little bit of cleaning goes a long way - but if that doesn't work, try one of these:

1. Volcanic Rocks: We got a couple bags of these lava rocks to put at the bottom of the trashcan and behind the kitty litter box. They're inexpensive, effective and can be recharged by placing them outside in sunlight.

2. Coffee Grounds: Make a sachet filled with coffee grounds to reduce odors in any dry spot.

3. Baking Soda: An old refrigerator standby - you know what to do.

4. Charcoal: Wood or bamboo burned at high temperatures is very effective at absorbing and filtering odors. Reuse your own charcoal or buy one of the many types of charcoal products on the market.

5. Vinegar Spray: Instead of an aerosol air freshner, combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist into the air. If you want it lightly scentend use rosewater or a couple of drops of an essential oil.

(Image: Fred Beck | Unplggd. Originally published 2009-10-09)

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