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Frugal Air Freshener

Deodorize Your Home and Belongings on the Cheap



Use Vinegar as an Air Freshener

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Looking for a way to freshen your home--and it's contents – without the help of a store-bought air freshener or spray? Vinegar is the answer:

To freshen rooms, carpet, shoes, trash cans, diaper pails and other sprayable surfaces:

Simply fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spritz wherever a freshening is needed. It'll neutralize the odor, so that your home smells like your home.

To freshen refrigerators, lunch boxes and other wipeable surfaces:

Soak a sponge or rag in vinegar and use it to wipe down the entire surface of the item that you wish to freshen. Then, allow the vinegar to dry; and the smell should be gone.

Q: Won't this leave my home smelling like vinegar?

A: Not at all. The vinegar smell will vanish as soon as it dries, leaving your home odor-free.

Why This Works

The acetic acid in vinegar absorbs odors.

Benefits of Deodorizing with Vinegar

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • no fragrances to irritate allergies
  • removes odors, rather than covering them up
  • environmentally-friendly (no CFCs or other propellants)


1) Do not reuse empty cleaner bottles. Buy a new bottle to use for your vinegar spray

2) Keep out of the reach of children

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