Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bad Odours At Home

You need not live with unpleasant smell ever again. Look, your tools are already in your kitchen!

Updated on June 21, 2017 8:06 am

Jerni Camposano


Exhaust fans, open windows, and aromatherapy oils can only do so much in eliminating the stinky smell that sometimes come from your pets, cooked food, trash bin. What to do? Get the smell out of the house by deodorising the space...and we suggest you do it the eco-friendly way. Some air fresheners are made up of harsh and strong chemicals that might be harmful to people living in the house.

Head to the kitchen and check if you have these items ready to get rid of that bad odour at home.

Used Tea Bags


The carpet is the usual suspect when there is a lingering foul smell in the house. Freshen up your carpet by sprinkling tea leaves from used tea bags onto it. Allow them to settle for 10-15 minutes and vacuum them. Guess what? You're hitting two birds with one stone as these tea bags also deodorise your vacuum cleaner bag.


Bet you didn't know this 'til now. Don't throw away your used tea bag just yet. To get rid of the unpleasant smell from your favourite kicks, put one tea bag in each shoe and let it sit there overnight.

Coffee Grounds


You're a certified coffee lover if you crave for the aroma of a morning cup the moment you wake up. But did you know that there is still use for the leftover grounds from your cuppa joe? Heat a cupful of the grounds over low heat. The scent it releases can remove pet odours that have been circling around your space.

Coffee grounds can also expel unwelcome odour in your fridge. Whether you sprinkle them inside or put in a small container, coffee grounds can neutralise the smell inside your fridge.

You can also keep cats out of your garden by mixing coffee grounds with orange peels and putting them on plant beds.



If you're disgusted with all the splutters on the walls of your microwave, then it's probably time to clean it. (Well, you should really be cleaning it as often as you can.) Clean it and make it smell fresh by allowing the steam of the lemon juice to sit in your microwave before wiping it with a cloth.


Your leftover lemon peels can also do wonders on your stinky sink and in your trash bin. Keep these areas deodorised and smelling fresh.

Baking Soda


Toilets are more often than not the source of foul smell in the house. Cleaning the toilet bowl is one house chore you wish you never have to do—but you still have to do it anyway. Thanks to baking soda, your task will get easier! Flush the toilet, dump a cup of baking soda in, and close the lid. Just leave it there for about an hour and flush. Yup, you don't need to scrub the bowl as the bubbles from the baking soda will do the dirty work for you. Easy peasy.



Unpleasant smell in the kitchen—no thanks to burning food—can be eliminated by placing a bowl of vinegar in the room.

You can also clear the smell of fresh paint by placing a bowl of vinegar inside the cabinets or in the room. Vinegar has stink-reducing abilities so make sure to have a stock of this cleaning and cooking powerhouse in your home.



It's not surprising that the fridge lets out a stench when you open its door to grab something. After all, the combination of everything in there is enough to produce an unpleasant odour. Neutralise this lingering smell by placing charcoal in the fridge.

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