How to remove odor?

foto29351-1Unpleasant smells cause a feeling of disgust, worsen the quality of human life, making it unbearable.

Their sources can be very diverse - people, animals, food, burnt products and more.

Read about what and with what means you can remove various unpleasant odors and not spoil things and surfaces in the article.

How to remove folk remedies?

There are universal remedies that can effectively help eliminate odors in all situations. They can be used for almost all products. Five effective formulations:

  1. foto29351-2Vinegar. It is used diluted. The acid not only interrupts foreign aromas, but also allows you to disinfect the treated surface.

    Vinegar with a concentration of 9% is dissolved in water. Most recipes require 2-3 tablespoons of acid per liter of liquid.

  2. Soda. It is used to clean household appliances, dishes, kitchen utensils, clothes, carpets and more. Acting as an absorbent, soda absorbs foreign aromas. It is used for both wet and dry cleaning.
  3. Activated carbon... It absorbs aromatic molecules from the air and from various surfaces. It is used according to a single scheme: tablets are crushed to a powdery state, poured into breathable linen bags or open dishes and placed next to the source of an unpleasant odor.
  4. Lemon. Acting as a natural flavoring agent, it can be safely used for processing various products. They rub the skin of the hands with its juice, rinse the hair, and process the tissues. Chopped wedges help eliminate odors in the refrigerator, indoors, in the car, and more.
  5. Coffee beans... They have a bright aroma that can displace any extraneous odors. Coffee helps to create a pleasant, invigorating indoor atmosphere. The grains are ground into powder and laid out next to the place that needs processing.To enhance the effect, the coffee can be lightly roasted in a dry skillet.
If the surface needs additional treatment, it must be wiped with a napkin dipped in hydrogen peroxide. This substance copes well with organic odors.

Special preparations that remove unpleasant amber

In addition to folk remedies, there are specialized formulations on sale that can be used to combat foreign aromas. Top 3 popular substances:

Grass Smell block

The spray is used to block odors:

  • tobacco,
  • spoiled food
  • burn,
  • waste products of animals.

It is based on nonionic surfactants and zinc salt. Price for 600 ml - 160 rubles.


Helmetex spray neutralizer

The composition effectively fights against different odors, affecting their source - bacteria. The atomized spray, like a magnet, attracts aromatic molecules and destroys them. Price for 400 ml - 590 rubles.



A remedy for eliminating sources of unpleasant odors is used to combat aroma from:

  • cigarettes,
  • pets,
  • spoiled food and more.

It is based on extracts of natural plants, the composition is environmentally friendly, not capable of harming human skin and any other surfaces. The price for 500 ml is 400 rubles.



You can get rid of an unpleasant odor using various devices. These include:

  1. Air ozonizer... The device generates ozone, which is activated oxygen. By oxidizing aromatic molecules, it destroys them, helping to neutralize odors. And not only those that are in the air, but also those that have eaten into porous surfaces.
  2. Photocatalytic filter... It works like an ozonizer, but the molecules are oxidized not in the air, but inside the device itself under the influence of ultraviolet radiation. The main disadvantage is that the device is not capable of destroying stubborn odors.
  3. Steam cleaner. The device allows you to get rid of foreign odors through disinfection and surface hygiene. With its help, it is possible to greatly facilitate the management of household chores. The device heats water to high values, it is converted into steam, which is used to treat odor sources. For home, it is better to choose a compact hand-held model. Cleaning companies use floor-standing steam cleaners that can handle large areas.
  4. Home air purifiers... These are stationary devices that neutralize unpleasant odors and gases, as well as trap dust particles, allergens and pollen. Modern models are equipped with an ionizer and an ultraviolet filter, and can also perform the function of air humidification.
  5. Aroma lamps. They eliminate odors by volatilizing essential oils when they are heated. Such devices allow not only to neutralize the unpleasant odor, but also to create the right atmosphere in the room. Aroma lamps are classic and electric (diffusers). In the first case, heating is carried out by burning a candle. The diffusers are mains powered.
You can get rid of light unpleasant odors in the room with the help of salt lamps. Such devices are soft air ionizers and deodorizers.

They are represented by shades of rock salt, inside which there is an electric lamp. When it is turned on, the salt heats up, which releases negatively charged ions into the surrounding space.

Features of removing various odors

Depending on the nature of the smell and on its source, methods of dealing with it will differ.... For example, car care products are not suitable for treating dishes. The choice of substance must be approached carefully so as not to spoil the product and not harm health.

From a thermos

Regular use of a thermos and its poor-quality processing leads to the fact that microbes begin to multiply inside. It is these microorganisms that are responsible for unpleasant odors.

To get rid of the musty smell, simply rinsing the thermos with water is not enough. You can remove it using folk remedies:

  1. foto29351-6Soda. 2 tablespoons of powder are poured into the flask, poured with boiling water and left for 4 hours.
  2. Lemon acid... It is used in the amount of 1 teaspoon for every liter of water. The liquid must be hot. The holding time of the solution is 2 hours.
  3. Coca Cola... It is poured into a thermos overnight.
  4. Figure: 3 tablespoons of grains are poured into the container and 150 ml of boiling water are poured, left to act for half an hour.

After using any product, the thermos should be rinsed with water and allowed to dry with the lid open. Be sure to pay attention not only to the flask, but also to the cork.


The solvent has a specific aroma that is quickly absorbed into surfaces. Ways to fix it:

  • it can be removed from objects and things by treatment with medical alcohol, then the product must be exposed to fresh air, preferably in direct sunlight, after a day the smell should completely disappear;
  • clothes must be washed with preliminary soaking in a weak vinegar solution (2 tablespoons per 1 liter of water); to enhance the effect, you can use fabric softener;
  • if the smell has spread throughout the house, you need to create a draft in it by opening all windows and doors.
Work with the solvent in a ventilated area or using a respirator. Otherwise, the risk of poisoning increases.


The rubber smell is unpleasant. Continuous inhalation of it can cause headaches. You can remove it from different surfaces using the following means:

  1. foto29351-7Hydrogen peroxide... They impregnate a cotton pad or white cloth with it and wipe the surface of objects.
  2. A mixture of soda and flour... Powders are taken in equal proportions, filled with canvas bags and placed in the right place, for example, in a new bag or shoes. The smell should disappear after 2-3 days.
  3. Infusion of mint and lemon balm... It is used to remove odors from toys and household items. To prepare the infusion, several branches of the plant are poured with boiling water and left for 30 minutes. Things are soaked in a warm liquid for up to 12 hours, after which they are treated with laundry soap and dried.

Any product that smells of rubber can be taken out for 2-3 days to fresh air. During this time, the foreign aroma should evaporate.

From the multicooker

The main reason for the slow cooker smell is stale or too fragrant food. In order for the device to acquire its original freshness, use the following means:

  1. Boiling with lemon... Water must be drawn into the bowl to the maximum mark, put lemon cut into large slices into it, close the device with a lid and select the "boil" program. Lemon should be cooked for at least 30 minutes.
  2. A mixture of salt and soda... For each liter of water, add 1 teaspoon of them. After boiling, the solution is not immediately drained, you need to let it cool.
  3. Ginger root... This is the safest way to deal with foreign odors. The product is crushed, poured with a liter of water, the "quenching" mode is turned on and left for 40 minutes.
After the basic cleaning procedure, the multicooker must be washed with liquid dish detergent. Particular attention is paid to the cover O-ring, condensate collecting bowl and safety valve.


There are several ways to get rid of the plastic smell:

  • foto29351-8use paper - an ordinary newspaper will do, it is crumpled, placed in a plastic container or other container, covered with a lid and left for several hours;
  • vanillin - the container is washed with cool water, filled with warm liquid, in which a tablespoon of vanilla is dissolved, the agent must be left overnight;
  • lemon - a container or other plastic product is wiped with a fresh lemon wedge on all sides, after 30 minutes it is rinsed with warm water.

The most affordable and affordable tool is soda.It is dissolved in a small amount of water, applied to a plastic surface, washed off with clean water after 2-3 hours.

From a kitchen rag

Sometimes even a new kitchen rag starts to smell. You can save her as follows:

  1. Thoroughly lather a rag with laundry soap.
  2. Wrap it in a plastic bag without tying it.
  3. Place a rag in the microwave, turn on the device at full power for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the product, rinse thoroughly in warm water.

You need to carefully remove the rag from the microwave, as it will be very hot. You should use an oven mitt or a tea towel.


Ammonia has a pungent aroma. If the vapors have filled the room, then it needs to be ventilated. They have good volatility, so they will quickly leave the room.

If any surfaces smell like ammonia, take the following measures:

  • wipe the product with a clean damp cloth;
  • sprinkle the area with baking soda;
  • leave for 20 minutes;
  • soak a sponge with table vinegar and moisten dried soda;
  • when the reaction is over, wash the surface with clean water.
Since a large accumulation of ammonia vapors can provoke poisoning, they start cleaning only in a respirator.


Different materials can smell like glue. The poorer the glue base, the stronger the aroma. To combat it, it is better to use dry absorbent substances:

  1. foto29351-9Activated carbon... It is crushed to a powdery state, distributed in canvas bags, which are placed in shoes, a bag or other things that smell like glue.
  2. Baking soda... It can be poured into the product, wrapped in plastic and left for a day. Then the thing must be brushed.
  3. Salt. It is used in the same way as soda.

If the thing can be wetted, it is treated with a weak vinegar solution and taken out into fresh air.

From linoleum

New linoleum fills the room with a specific scent. To get rid of it, proceed as follows:

  • if the skirting boards are not yet screwed on, then the linoleum is placed face down and left for 2-3 days - at this time the room must be constantly ventilated;
  • when the flooring is laid, it is washed with a soda solution - 0.5 cups of soda will be required for a bucket of water, another option is to sprinkle the powder over the entire surface of the linoleum and leave for several hours;
  • if dry soda was used, it is collected with a vacuum cleaner, the solution is washed off with clean water.

In order for the linoleum to stop smelling, this treatment will have to be repeated 2-3 times.

With laminate

Laminate flooring does not tolerate contact with caustic or abrasive substances. Therefore, to get rid of the smell, adhere to the following instructions:

  1. Rub the laundry soap on a grater.
  2. Dilute the shavings in warm water until completely dissolved.
  3. Wash the laminate with the resulting solution.
  4. Sweep over the floor with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.
Laminate is afraid of high humidity, so it is not recommended to leave it wet.


foto29351-10After contact with acetone, surfaces can give off a characteristic aroma. You can get rid of it in the following way:

  • pour clean water into a suitable container;
  • add table vinegar to it (50 ml per 1 liter);
  • moisten a rag in the resulting solution and walk on the surface that exudes the smell of acetone;
  • ventilate the room.

If things smell like acetone, then they are soaked in a weak saline solution, after which they are washed as usual and dried in the fresh air.

From hair

Hair absorbs different odors, which you can get rid of in the following ways:

  1. Wash your hair with shampoo.
  2. Use a mustard powder mask. It is diluted with water to a mushy consistency. The composition is distributed over the entire length of the hair and left for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash off with water.

If the smell is not absorbed into the hair, then after shampooing it can be rinsed with water and lemon juice.


A musty smell requires careful handling. Tips for removing it from different surfaces:

  • if clothes smell like musty, during washing, add 0.5 cups of borax to the powder;
  • boots can be stuffed with newspapers and left for a day;
  • the room is ventilated, all objects are wiped with a weak solution of potassium permanganate;
  • sprinkle upholstered furniture with soda, leave for a day, and then collect it with a vacuum cleaner.

Read about the elimination of the musty aroma in the apartment. here, from clothes - here.


The smelly odor of rot is exuded by bacteria that actively multiply in organic matter. To get rid of it, the source of the unpleasant odor is thrown away.

foto29351-11The surface is treated with compounds with antibacterial effect, including:

  1. Potassium permanganate solution.
  2. Alcohol.
  3. Chlorhexidine alcohol solution.
  4. Soda.

After the main cleaning stage is completed, the surface is wiped with a damp cloth and allowed to dry completely. Ultraviolet light has a good disinfecting effect, so the thing can be taken out in the sun for several days.

From clothes

Clothes should be washed, rinsed thoroughly and hung out to dry in fresh air... This is the most effective way to deal with foreign odors. Use fabric softener for best results.

If washing is not available, use the dry cleaning method. The thing is sprinkled with soda or crushed activated carbon, wrapped in a bag and left for a day. Another way to get rid of the odor is to steam it and dry it.

To remove the smell of second-hand things from things, tips from this publications, fish from this, read about eliminating various odors from clothes here... How to get rid of the smell of new jeans, see here, from the bag - here, from shoes - here, from sneakers - here.

In the apartment

Airing is the main way to deal with foreign odors. If possible, you need to open not only windows, but also doors. You can enhance the effect by hanging wet towels around the room. As they dry, they are rinsed and returned to their place.

For aromatization of the apartment use:

  • candles,
  • aroma lamps,
  • air fresheners,
  • coffee beans.

However, these substances do not neutralize, but mask odors.

In car

foto29351-12The car interior needs a general wash. It is recommended to use professional car shampoos.

Particular attention is paid to carpets, the trunk is carefully worked outvacuuming the seats and ceiling.

When cleaning is complete, fragrances are installed in the car. Lemon zest or ground coffee can be used as natural remedies. Will tell in more detail this article.

Aroma of cigarettes

A smoky room must be thoroughly ventilated. All surfaces are washed with soapy water. Clothes are washed and hung out to dry in fresh air.

If your hands smell like cigarettes, rub them with a lemon wedge... Hair is washed and rinsed with water and a small amount of vinegar. To avoid the smell of tobacco smoke from the mouth, you need to brush your teeth, and then live some aromatic product, for example, a mint leaf.

How to remove the smell of cigarettes from clothes, hair, etc., you can find out here, in the apartment - here, read about eliminating tobacco aroma here.

With meat

Smelling meat needs to be soaked. Marinade options:

  1. White or red wine with a sprig of rosemary.
  2. Weak vinegar solution.
  3. Concentrated saline solution (2 tablespoons per liter of water).
  4. Potassium permanganate solution.
  5. Chamomile decoction.
The meat is kept in the marinade for at least an hour. This will not only eliminate the unpleasant odor, but also destroy the pathogenic bacteria.

Read more in this section.

From the freezer or refrigerator

foto29351-13Removing odors from the refrigerator or freezer can only be done by thorough washing.

The device is disconnected from the network, the products are removed, all shelves and walls are treated with a soda solution. After cleaning, the refrigerator is ventilated for 6-12 hours.

Odor absorbers help control unpleasant odors... They are filled with absorbent substances that absorb aromatic molecules. They are simply placed in the refrigerator and changed once a month. Read more here.

Gasoline smell

If clothes smell like gasoline, they are washed with laundry soap, dried in the fresh air and ironed. Beforehand, things can be soaked in vinegar solution. The interior of the car, smelling of gasoline, is washed with a soda solution, after which it is ventilated for at least 12 hours.

If gasoline has been spilled indoors, collect it with a rag and sprinkle it with cat litter. An hour later, it is collected with a broom. Hands that smell of oil products are washed with soap.

He will tell you about eliminating the smell of gasoline and diesel fuel from various objects and surfaces this article, from clothes - this, from the passenger compartment - this.

Senile scent

To combat the senile smell, you need to revise the apartment, throw out unused things. Then they start general cleaning.

Everything will have to be cleaned and washed:

  • furniture,
  • walls,
  • window,
  • carpets.

Be sure to use detergents:

  • gels,
  • glass cleaners,
  • powders,
  • whiteness, etc.

To enhance the effect, you can use a steam cleaner. All clothes are washed and dried. The completion of the treatment is the aromatization of the room with the help of essential oils, candles, coffee beans. In advanced cases, it will not be possible to do without repair. Will tell you more this article.

Amber of dampness

foto29351-14To deal with the smell of damp you need to get rid of high humidity:

  1. Dry all things.
  2. Ventilate the room.
  3. Increase heating.
  4. Check seals on windows and doors.
  5. Assess the work of the hood.
  6. Check the serviceability of household appliances.

Then surface treatment will be required using antiseptics that can destroy the mold. An effective remedy is a solution of potassium permanganate, as well as substances containing chlorine.

Read about how to remove the smell of dampness in the house. here, in car - here.

From the oven

Removing foreign aromas from the oven will help washing it with soapy water.... It can be dish soap or laundry soap based gruel. The composition is applied to all surfaces for at least 30 minutes, after which it is washed off with clean water.

You can smell the oven by placing a heat-resistant dish with water and lemon zest in it. The solution is heated over low heat for an hour.

Read more here.

From the closet

To get rid of the smell in the closet, they ventilate it, sort things out. If wet products are found, they are washed, dried and ironed. All shelves are wiped from dust. Old clothes are thrown away.

After revision and cleaning, aromatic substances are placed in the cabinet. It can be:

  • dried citrus fruits,
  • coffee beans,
  • empty perfume bottle.

Will tell in more detail this article. Read about removing the smell of new furniture here.

After perfume

foto29351-15Perfumed fabrics are washed... A prerequisite is preliminary soaking and repeated rinsing. You need to dry the thing in the fresh air.

Persistent fragrances can last more than a day on the skin. If it is not possible to take a shower, areas of the body are wiped with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. A coffee scrub copes well with the task.

Read more about eliminating perfume odor. here.

Helpful information

Odor elimination tips:

  1. If a fragrance is used to neutralize an unpleasant odor, you must first eliminate its source: rinse the surface with clean water, get rid of stale food, take out the pet's tray, etc.
  2. You need to start combating an unpleasant odor immediately after it appears. This will allow you to do without the help of potent agents.
  3. After using any formulations, the surface must be rinsed with clean water. If these are clothes, then they are washed.

  • You can find out about eliminating the burning smell in this section.
  • How to remove aroma from the microwave, will tell this article.
  • From the kitchen sink this.
  • From a new electric kettle - this.
  • From the dishwasher - this.
  • From the washing machine - given publication.
  • From a plastic bottle - this.
  • Read about how to get rid of the onion smell. here.
  • Beer - here.
  • How to remove the smell of a dog in the house, you can find out here.
  • Cats - here.
  • Read about eliminating unpleasant amber from the toilet in the apartment here.
  • From the street - here.
  • From the septic tank - here.


Removing odors is easy with the right products... For each of them, you can choose your own substance. After eliminating the source of the unpleasant odor, use fragrances that allow you to consolidate the achieved result.

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