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10 Stinky Smells & How to Get Rid of Them

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Mold and Mildew

Serious mold requires professional help, as it can cause health problems. But if itís just a musty smell thatís bothering you, run a dehumidifier to pull some of the odor-causing moisture out of the air. Activated charcoal (available at most pet supply or garden stores) will neutralize mold and mildew smells in damp basements and crawl spaces. White vinegar, tea tree oil, and grapefruit seed extract (which can be found at health food stores) are natural fungicides that can be mixed with water and sprayed on mildew. Ground coffee in a (clean) sock, hung in a closet, can also get rid of musty smells.

Refrigerator Stink

First, get rid of the source. Clean out food thatís moldy, rotten, old, and smelly, and anything that has changed color or physical state. If it looks like it could walk out of the fridge on its own, into the trash it should go. Wipe down the walls, shelves, and bins with a solution of warm water and white vinegar, and stash an opened box of baking soda in the back to absorb odors. (Replace every few months.)

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7:49AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

thanks

6:05AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

If there is a 100% biological Air Cleaner that removes all organic odeurs, the ones you mentioned in the article: would you try it?
Well: in the Netherlands we use ZHERO Air Cleaner, this is a brand new product, and it works! It leaves no smell, it works in 30 minutes, and it works definitely! Car dealers use it, dog-owners, dogtrainers, hotels, a big hygienic cleaning company...www.zhero.nl
It can be ordered on the internet.

4:22AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

have you tried an air purifier? - there is a smaller unit for domestic use; it simply plugs in - great for bedrooms! I will try to put the link here Air purifiers

12:41PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Please look on www.zhero.nl, this is a really new product to vanish all bad smells. It is based on purely biological polymere, it works very good. www.zhero.nl. The producer does have english text on the bottle, you have ask for it with the contact form.

5:55AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Thank you Samantha, for Sharing this!

7:43AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

thanks so much!

1:06PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

thank u

10:06PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

TY. I have used Nature's Miracle for kitty pee and it is very good.

10:39AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Useful tips thanks.
Also for smelly fridge a bit of ground coffee in an open container usually does the trick.

10:31AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Thanks - Helpful tips

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Thank you.

Ah, those kitties. Gotta love them. :0)

We always used for hiccups too. Never tried for stains or cleaning. Will have to try that.

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