Some odors can be eliminated with a little natural soap and fresh air, while others require a full-scale assault. If your home is plagued by all-too-powerful smells, here's the arsenal you'll want at your disposal...
- For cat urine on tile/grout, The Hairpin's Ask A Clean Person instructs you to scrub thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide and a scrub brush — but DON'T use bleach.
- As for carpet, she recommends using a carpet steamer, enzymatic cleaners, and as much washing and flushing as the carpet can handle — but DON'T use ammonia.
- Cat urine on leather? Ask A Clean Person tells Deadspin that the way to go is vinegar, an enzymatic cleaner, and covering the area in kitty litter for a day.
- Actually, she touts enzymatic cleaners like Nature's Miracle for all pet... liquids, as does RealSimple.
- You know it's serious when Martha Stewart herself recommends throwing in the towel and calling a professional cleaner.
- For extremely musty dressers and drawers, Martha Stewart recommends a thorough wipe-down with white vinegar.
- For a musty room, she prescribes putting fresh eucalyptus branches in a vase — pretty and odor-fighting!
- If your linens or other laundry — or the washer itself — smells damp and musty, Ask A Clean Person would like you to throw a cup of vinegar in the washing machine.
- To improve the smell of a damp basement, RealSimple prescribes activated charcoal and a dehumidifier.
- If your mattress is musty, SF Gate says a thorough sunbathing can help — good advice for all of us right about now.
- It's vinegar to the rescue again, according to Martha: simply fill a bowl with vinegar and let it work its magic.
- If that doesn't do the trick, The Hairpin's Ask A Clean Person advises wiping down the walls with a vinegar solution.
- SF Gate recommends boiling lemon peels in water to neutralize the smell, but that's just the first step..
- You'll also need to clean carpets, draperies, walls, and ceilings — and if the walls still smell smoky, a fresh coat of paint is called for.
- RealSimple's solution is an eminently affordable $2: Arm & Hammer Deodorizing Air Freshener.