Introduction: How to Reduce Odors Without Using Harmful Chemicals

About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

I have used vinegar and baking soda to clean for a couple of years and have had great success using them. I wanted to share how you can reduce offensive odors in your home by using vinegar, baking soda, and candles. Lighting a candle reduces the odors in the home. If you place vinegar in a small jar on a bowl and set in a room it greatly reduces the odors. You can do the same thing with baking soda. Using these products reduce the amount of bad chemicals that affect the environment. Baking soda and peroxide work well together as you can see from the difference in these shoes. Would you believe that if you set out a glass of water next to where you will be cutting an onion the water will absorb the odor of the onion. After you are finished chopping the onion drink the water and see what happens. It will taste like onion water.

Vinegar and baking soda help to balance pH levels by changing the chemical make up of odor-causing acids and alkalines bringing them closer to neutral. Because it is acidic, vinegar is more effective at neutralizing bases, and baking soda is more effective at neutralizing acids. If you mix vinegar and baking soda together when soaking smelly clothing, they will mostly cancel out each other.