Getting Rid of Bad Smells at Home

By : Nur Raihana
01 March 2017

It is usually a good thing when someone calls your home funky, except when it is the smell that they are talking about. As fastidious you might be with your chores, there are many ways for your flat to quickly turn into a stink bomb. The key is to neutralise and deodorise—no one likes a smelly home!




Baking soda in fridge is a time-tested kitchen hack

Many yummy things march out from the kitchen, but sometimes, the cooking smell seems to linger around forever. This is especially so when preparing strong-smelling items like fish, cabbage, or sambal belachan. One trick is to place a small bowl of white vinegar on the stove, to absorb odour. You can also boil a cup of vinegar after cooking for greater effect. White vinegar is a natural deodoriser, and you can also freshen your counter tops, cutting boards, and fridge walls by wiping them with white vinegar too. 


Another way to get rid of fridge smells is to place an open box, or bowl, of baking soda to absorb odours. It sounds simple, but it really works.




Spray away!

Ahh, the toilet—number one culprit for bad smells at home. In my home, we usually leave air fresheners within easy reach, to mask any stench as a form of courtesy to the next user.


For effective cleaning of the toilet bowl, you can look out for cleaners with bleach, which claim to disinfect as well. Let it stand for a while, scrub, and then flush. Some cleaning solutions even come with a zesty smell— a bonus! 


Cupboards, cabinets, and drawers


Scented sachets or packs make wonderful gifts too

Scented sachets come in a variety of fragrances to suit everyone, from fresh to fruity to floral. Deodorise your cupboards and drawers by tossing in one or two sachets, and you will always have wonderfully perfumed clothes. I personally like the calming smell of lavender. 🙂


In your food cupboards, pandan leaves play double duty as a natural air freshener and insect repellent. Knot a few leaves and place them in the cabinets to rid them of unpleasant odours and cockroaches (who apparently cannot stand the smell of pandan). That is a win-win in my book!


Once you have cut out all the funky smells, make your house smell great by diffusing essential oils, burning candles (be fire-safe, though!), or using fragrance sticks. Scents are also a great way to “cover-up” any bad smells, but we only recommend this as a last-minute measure.


What do you do when your home smells? Share your tips with us at or on our Facebook page.

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