Have you ever seen that commercial in which a woman’s couch turns into a giant house cat, symbolically showing how one’s furniture can hold onto smells, even after the object of a smell has gone? Well, when I first saw it I laughed profusely, not realizing that the backseat of my car has apparently begun to smell a bit like my gym bag, something I stopped smelling long ago. But what can be done? The comedy of the fragrance commercial now lost on me, I see the annoyance and need of finding a solution to the problem of hidden smells in the surfaces of homes (and cars). This article will offer 4 DIYs on how to freshen furniture. Best of all, these ideas freshen naturally with no harsh or harmful cleaning agents.
When fighting obnoxious smells, a vacuum can be your best friend. Before beginning any treatment, it's wise to first vacuum the area in question. Pet remnants and dander, spills and splashes, and even dust mites and mold can easily accumulate in the folds and crevasses of furniture. It's wise to clean them up before applying smell-ridding treatments.
Next, apply a thin layer of baking soda on the surface of the material in question. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming it up. The product works as an absorbent. When sprinkled and vacuumed, nasty odors tend to leave along with it.
If you are more the type to use a freshening spray when cleaning smells off of furniture, consider the following recipe to make your own natural furniture spray. The first way is to simply pour water-diluted white vinegar in a spray bottle, misting material pieces lightly to lift bad smells. Now this is understandably scary as white vinegar has a strong and rather distinct smell to it, but the potency dissipates as the spray dries.
If still unconvinced, the use of essential oil can be an asset to improving the smell of furniture. To make into a spray, fill a bottle with normal tap water. Next, add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils, and a tablespoon of vodka. Yes, vodka is now freshening your furniture. When ready to use, simply shake the bottle for a few seconds and allow the brilliant smell of your choosing to refresh and brighten the things in your space.
3. Olive Oil
What many forget when dealing with smells in the home is that the material of the furniture itself is not always the sole culprit in smell creation. If your couch has a wood base or decorative wood trim to it, this area can also hold onto and create smells just as well as any other area. To combat this, we can make a DIY cleaner polish to help keep it smelling great.
In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice (or any essential oil of your liking). Using an old rag, carefully cleanse wood areas with this homemade polish and wipe off any excess shine. Believe it our not, treated wood will positively take on the smells of your mixture, leaving the odor of old far behind.
Cornstarch works similarly to the baking soda DIY mentioned above. They both are powder based and are vacuumed as a means of freshening a piece of furniture, yet while baking soda shines as an over-all deodorizer, cornstarch holds its own as a spot cleaner.
If you have any pets at all, you know accidents do happen. Cornstarch is a wonderful tool for removing both the smell of the incident as well as the stain left behind. To use, simply apply a sprinkling of the product on the stain and leave it for a minimum of 24 hours and vacuum. Should the spot be exceedingly large or difficult to remove, try mixing water with the cornstarch and letting it dry as usual.