Removing Bad Smells From Trash Cans, Books And More

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Removing Bad Smells And Odors From Trash Cans, Books And More…

Put a small handful of laundry detergent in the bottom of your trash can. It helps keep bugs away and controls the trash odor. Then when you are ready to wash your trash can, you already have your soap in it.

If you have musty smelling books or other strange smelling things, seal them in a plastic bag with cat litter or baking soda for a couple of weeks and the smell will go away.

Don’t forget: baking soda is great for absorbing odors so when you open a box for baking be sure and put it in an airtight container because otherwise it will sit and absorb all of the odors (like spices) in your cabinet or pantry. Sometimes, when you taste cookies someone has made and they have a little bit different taste to to them, it could be the baking soda.



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  1. Anonymous says

    Another suggestions to place a small container with lid (pierce holes in the lid) with either laundry detergent or baking soda. Place under the seats of your vehicle to absorb odors.

  2. Grizzly Bear Mom says

    Or put a bar of unwrapped body soap under your car seat for deodorizing. When it doesn’t smell good anymore, wash with it.

    If a closed food container smells, wipe it out with a papertowel dampened with vanilla. Leave the papertowel in the closed container.

  3. says

    be careful with scents that are powerful for keeping in your car.
    I could not figure out why I would be in a friends car for 5 minutes and get out with a migraine that would last for hours.
    She kept a bounce sheet under the seats.
    Some people are very sensitive to smells and get bad reactions from them.
    vanilla or food scents seem to be less invasive to them.

  4. Karen says

    I just tried “Gold Bond” body powder sprinkled in the bottom of a a diaper pale. It absorbed the smell right away. I tried it in another trash pail. We never used the body powder and I was going to get rid of it but now found a new purpose.

  5. Joan says

    A note about dryer sheets; right out of the box, these can smell too strong for people with allergies or other sensitivities. But, if you use the sheet once or twice, it is great to put under your car seat and also as a quick duster for your shelves, etc. Not food/pet safe so be careful!

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