13 Amazing Odour Hacks: Your Guide To Removing Stinky Smells

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Stinky smells can ruin a perfectly good dinner party, squelch any appetite, and drive you crazy when they don’t seem to go away. Stinky smells are just horrible. But you don’t have to live when them forever. Banish odours for good with these amazing hacks that will completely remove the stink and leave your stuff smelling fresh again!
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1. Put Tea Bags in Smelly Shoes

There’s nothing quite like the stench of stinky feet in shoes all day long. And we always seem to have a pile of such shoes by the doorway, emitting fumes that I swear are visible.
Here’s a great hack: remove smelly shoe odours by placing  dry tea bag s inside them overnight or for a couple of days.
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2. Remove Urine Smells from Carpet

Got a dog, or a kid...or both? Animals and small children are both notorious for peeing on carpets.
Remove those yucky urine smells with this odour-eliminating mixture:
Mix ingredients together and spread over the affected area. Leave until completely dry and then vacuum or brush away.
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3. Stinky Gym Clothes

We love to workout, but hate the way our clothes smell afterward. Get the odours out of your gym clothes with a few ingredients you can find in your house!

Stinky Gym Clothes Hack: Wash gym clothes as soon as possible (avoid stuffing them in a gym bag). Place them in the washing machine and don’t overfill the machine. Add 1/2 cup baking soda directly into the machine. Fill fabric softener tray with white vinegar. Do not use laundry soap. Wash as usual. *Extra Cool Hack: dry your gym clothes outside where the sun’s rays are a natural bacteria deterrent.

4. Musty House

Whenever I cook bacon or fish, the entire house ends up smelling. Get rid of those musty house odours with this quick hack: slice an orange in half and place it in a small cooking pot with a teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup water. Heat and simmer for one hour.
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5. Locker Room Body Odour

If you have a home gym or a teenager, try this awesome hack at freshening up body odour smells.
Place several dryer sheets on the backside of a fan so that the dryer sheets stick to the fan. You’ll get a nice breeze and a lovely deodorising smell. It’s a win-win!
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6. Stinky Dishwasher

For stinky dishwashers, dump one packet of lemonade flavoured Kool-Aid in the detergent dish of your dishwasher. Seems weird, but I swear it works.
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7. Smelly Food Containers

No one likes the smell of leftover beef stroganoff in their food containers. Here’s a fun food odour hack: crumple up a damp piece of newspaper and leave in the stinky container overnight. The newspaper will absorb the odours.

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8. Stinky Couches or Car Upholstery

There’s nothing worse than lying down on the couch for a nap and getting assaulted by a sour milk smell.  
Get the stink out of fabric by filling a spray bottle with equal parts witch hazel and warm water, two tablespoons baking soda, and 10 drops of your favourite antibacterial essential oil.

Attack the stinky smell with the spray and send it running. It’s great for couches and car upholstery!

9. That Antique Dresser

A piece of vintage furniture can make a real statement, but the smell...not so much. Try this odour hack for getting rid of that “old furniture” smell: fill drawers with cat litter and let it absorb the musty odour for a few days. Afterwards , remove cat litter and generously sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and essential oil. Leave for a few more days and remove. Your old furniture will smell like new!
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10. Smelly Fridge

Just opening up a stinky fridge can ruin your appetite. You’ve probably heard of leaving an open box of baking soda in your fridge, but what about this cool fridge odour hack? Coffee beans. Leave an open container of coffee beans in your fridge to absorb all those nasty leftover odours.
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11. Garlic Odours

Garlic is one of the strongest smells out there, and although I love it in my food, I don’t love it on my hands or countertops. To get rid of garlic odours, cut a lemon in half and rub over the affected area.
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12. Stinky Kitchen Towels

Speaking of stinky countertops, tea towels really take a beating. Even after washing, most dishrags retain bad smells.  

Get the stink out of your kitchen rags and towels by not washing them with detergent and softener. Detergent and especially fabric softener can cause buildup which makes bad smells worse.

Instead, wash your tea towels in the hottest water possible. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the inside of the washer and fill the fabric softener tray with white vinegar instead.
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13. Mildewy Bath Towels

Grabbing a “fresh” towel only to have it smell like mildew really puts a damper on your shower.  

Getting the mildew smell out of towels is easier than you thought. Simply add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to your washer and  wash them in scalding hot water. Mildew gone!
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14. Grody Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can emit some of the grodiest smells out there. Get rid of them by sprinkling baking soda down the disposal and then slicing up a lemon and putting it down the disposal. Turn the disposal on and let it munch on a yummy deodorising snack.
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