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    33 Ways To Banish Bad Odors From Your Life Forever

    Ain't nobody got time for funky smells.

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    1. Eliminate smells and residue left over from your pet's latest accident with an enzyme-powered odor and stain remover. It's non-toxic, so yes, go buy that new shag rug because now your furry friend won't ruin it.


    It's chlorine-free, color-safe, and safe to use around pets and children.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my grandson. His dog peed on his new memory foam mattress. My daughter-in-law called me up so upset because no matter what they tried, nothing was getting the smell out, and my grandson refused to sleep in his bed. I found this product on Amazon. Well, true to the reviews, this product worked fantastically. My daughter-in-law sprayed it on the mattress, followed the directions on the bottle and by the next day, all odor was eliminated. I would buy this product again in a heartbeat." —P. Aruffi

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    If you're a struggling pet owner, check out things that'll keep your home from smelling like your pet.

    2. Freshen up a pair of stanky running shoes or boots with a mint deodorizer. For full effect, apply the spray directly to your feet! P.S. it also can be used on sports equipment.


    This spray is made of essential oils of mint, eucalyptus, tea tree and thyme. It's natural and non-toxic!

    Promising review: "I wear boot socks, which are not a natural fabric. By the end of winter, I'm embarrassed by the aroma wafting up from them. This eliminated the odor from my boots on DAY ONE. We spray this now before putting on boots/shoes and instead of foot odor, we now smell the pleasant aroma of peppermint. Our feet and our shoes smell fresh and fantastic. I still cannot believe how well this stuff works. I spend a small fortune on beautiful, well-crafted, well-made leather, suede, non-synthetic fiber winter boots and dreaded the thought of replacing them. Now we can keep all of them. I am so, so, so glad I found it." —AmazonAddict

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in three scents).

    3. Plug in an odor eliminator to do the heavy lifting for you. It'll sanitize the air and remove any pollutants that may be causing annoying smells.


    Promising review: "This little purifier takes up barely more space than a nightlight, yet delivers powerful air purification. I placed it in my large walk-in closet and I can tell it has purified the whole space easily. It smells so nice and clean in there now whereas before it was quite stale. Highly recommend it — definitely worth the money!" —Stephanie S

    Get it from Amazon for $49.

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    4. Have a lavender spray on-hand for quick spritzes when needed. You can use it as an overall room spray, or for linens before bedtime. It'll rid of odors, leaving a pleasant and relaxing lavender scent behind.


    Promising review: "I love this product and use it in all the rooms of my apartment. It has a gentle sent, which I love, yet lingers long enough to make a difference in each room. The amazing thing about this spray is that my cats like it, too. They don't run away when I use the spray, which happens when I use regular room spray. Wonderful product!" —Adele C.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six scents).

    5. Throw a mini Native deodorant in your purse for on-the-go protection, especially during the warmer months. It's an all-natural, aluminum-free solution that will last.


    I have a ton of friends who use Native deodorant and they swear by it. It's a great aluminum-free option, but really effective. They've put it through vigorous workouts and always come out with shining reviews.

    Get the travel-sized sampler pack from Walmart for $23.97.

    For more options, check out the best natural deodorants from BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. Change your bed to this charcoal-infused sheet set that'll stay fresher for way longer than normal sheets. They're incredibly hygienic, odor-resistant, and breathable. And honestly the less you have to struggle changing sheets...the better.


    There's no graceful way to do it, there's just not! When you buy, you get a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and one to two pillowcases (depending on size).

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful line sold exclusively at Macy's for $65+ (available in twin–Cal king and two colors).

    7. Never experience musty bath towels again with these ultra absorbent, quick drying terry towels. Made from 100% cotton, they'll dry efficiently, meaning you won't walk into your bathroom the next morning and smell something damp hanging on the door.


    Promising review: "One of the best towels I've ever used. Perfect quality, doesn't have an after smell, either. I've washed it twice already with no tares whatsoever. They're made out of very sturdy and soft material. Everything about them is perfect. No towel sucks up as much water as this one does – it makes me feel like I used a dryer on myself after the shower." —David

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in four colors and as a bath sheet).

    And if you're all about bathroom cleanliness, check out things that'll clean any dirty bathroom. And if you're on the hunt for more options, check out the best bath towels from BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. Insert a pair of charcoal bags to absorb that icky feet smell that always seems to linger after wear. They'll prevent bacteria and mold from growing in the deep dark crevices inside your shoes. Plus, they last super long!


    Once a month, place the bags in direct sunlight to rejuvenate the charcoal.

    Promising review: "These are magical! I have a favorite pair of shoes that got soaked in the rain. I thought the stench after that meant complete ruin and was ready to throw them away when I found these. I placed them inside the pumps for a week. And that was that. The stench is completely gone! Unbelievable." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.45+ (available in five sizes).

    Check out our full review of the charcoal bags here.

    9. Pop another charcoal bag into your fridge so you never have to witness disgusting smells when food spoils. The bags are fragrance-free, so they'll just absorb whatever moisture and smell is trapped inside without making anything smell perfume-y.


    To save space, a suction cup is included so you can hang it from the wall. Also, just the like shoe bags above, you can pop these bags in the sun to revive. They'll last up to two years!

    Promising review: "This bag is absolutely amazing! It really works at keeping my refrigerator odor-free. I clean my fridge once a week before shopping, but I still had odor. This bag works 100 times better than baking soda. I like that it has a suction cup so I can hang it anywhere in my fridge without it spilling like a baking soda box. This is also eco-friendly!" —K

    Get it from Amazon for $8.42+ (available in packs).

    And to get full use out of what's inside your fridge, check out genius ways to make your food actually last longer.

    10. Eradicate bad breath by using a tongue scraper to remove plaque and restore oral hygiene. The smooth steel won't nick your tongue and it can be easily cleaned for multiple uses.


    Promising review: "I noticed one day my husband had a white film on his tongue, which we discovered was the cause of his horrible breath. I still love him, but we needed to fix things! This scraper has been great and I find I don't complain about his bad breath anymore. It's also dishwasher-safe and very durable!" —livnxtreem

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    11. Rid of excess moisture in the air with a DampRid Moisture Absorber. They last up to 60 days once in-use and work best in smaller spaces (like a closet, bathroom, laundry room).


    The crystals attract and trap excess moisture, leaving the air free of musty odors.

    Promising review: "We had a flood in our kitchen. Our home builder came in with dehumidifiers and dried up the area. They sprayed for mold and mildew as well. Even after all of that work, we still had a faint musty smell coming from under the sink. We have an open floor plan into the living room and the odor just wafted into that open area, plus all the way to the entryway. I was so over the smell, so I decided to try DampRid. It completely worked. Within two days my house smelled normal again. I can't even recommend this product enough. It's still under my sink." —The Byrne Family

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $4.31+ (available in two scents and in larger packs).

    12. Use a nourishing body wash infused with peach and ginger so you never have to worry about the dreaded B.O. Its antioxidant-packed formula will cleanse your skin and leave a fresh scent long after your shower ends.


    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this body wash. The scent is mild and delicious. It doesn't bother my allergies and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. It lathers up nicely with or without a loofah and rinses well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    13. Restore your car to an acceptable-smelling state by hanging an SVU-inspired air freshener. Nothing will ~arrest~ odors better than Olivia and Elliot. There are twelve scents to choose from!

    Get it from Victory Screech Labs on Etsy for $7.

    14. Make your gym locker or bag smell like a field of flowers with these deodorant balls that'll fight the cringing smell of perspiration. Their size is perfect for tiny spaces and all you need to do is twist the ball to activate their clean scent.


    Promising review: "Never knew these existed until my brother told me about them. I put them in my shoes, and they worked great. I should put one in my car, just to freshen it up a bit." —horsewoman141

    Get them from Walmart for $12.95.

    15. Add a washing machine cleaner that'll remove contaminants that can build up and cause odors, which in return affect your laundry! It's septic-safe, allergen-free, and has an orange scent.


    You want your clothes to come out smelling CLEAN, not dirty. To get rid of smells, add the cleaner and run the washing machine empty.

    Promising review: "Amazing! I'm in a temporary rental and complaining about the stinky washing machine wasn't enough. The towels and sheets stunk, and before long, so did our clothes. This product fixed it right up. It takes a bit of time, but it worth it." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $14.29.

    If you really dread laundry day (uh, who doesn't), check out ways to make doing laundry so much easier.

    16. Keep your underarms smelling fresh by applying aluminum-free, hypoallergenic, vegan, baking soda-free, cruelty-free deodorant. It can provide coverage for up to 72 hours!


    I've been using Lume for a few weeks now and really love it. It's pretty much magic. You've only got to use a little on each armpit, but don't worry. It goes a longggg way — I've noticed full days without smells, and that's with working out.

    Promising review: "I have tried so many non aluminum deodorants. All would burn my skin and not work. I've only used it for about three days now, but for one it doesn't burn my skin. Thank you for making an unscented stick! I went to the gym every day and have done an hour of cardio and no stench! That's amazing. Third, it does not seem to affect my clothing. No stains! I will be a buyer for life." —Alyssa H

    Get it from Lume for $13.99.

    17. Conceal the bathroom smells of number two with a bottle of Poo-Pourri. Spray before you go, and violà! All you'll smell is a mix of essential oils!

    @poopourri via Instagram

    Promising review: "Poo-Pourri products are perfect for masking bathroom odors and the 4-ounce size lasts several months. In addition, spraying the scent directly onto the toilet water takes care of all odors while leaving a nice, fresh scent. The great bonus is they deodorize the bathroom so you can stop using standard spray air fresheners/deodorizers which you inhale as you spray and are a particular problem for anyone with nasal or respiratory issues. Poo-Pourri also does not leave sticky residue on your toilet, walls or floors. Great invention!" —Gemelli2

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Check out our highlight of Poo-Pourri here.

    18. Switch to durable Lysol antimicrobial sponges that won't hold odors after a good scrubbing. The rough side will tackle caked-on food, but won't scratch cookware or dinnerware.


    Promising review: "I don't normally write reviews for sponges or things of that nature, but I had to here because the odor-resistant guarantee is real! I don't know about you, but I absolutely abhor the rotten mildewy sponge smell that always comes after maybe a week. But what I hate even more is adding more waste in such a short amount of time since I have to fly through them. These sponges work great on dishes, did not scratch my wooden table or stovetop, and even work on my granite counters wonderfully. Above all — they don't stink!" —Beauty Unaltered

    Get a two-pack Amazon for $4.66 (available in larger packs).

    Fore more options, check out the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    19. Cancel out funky smells with a bottle of OdoBan disinfectant, which kills 99.9% of germs and can be used in every room of your home. It won't leave any residue behind, either!


    Promising review: "What is this stuff? It is a miracle worker. We are currently in an older house and our master bathroom was omitting a bizarre chemical smell. I was told that it may be fumes from the piping due to the bathroom not being used as much. However, after baking soda/vinegar, Drano, and bleach trials, I gave in and bought this. The smell is gone. It has been three months and it hasn't returned. After the positive results, we sprayed our basement, and now our basement smells amazing. So then I dumped some in my washing machine, and now my towels no longer smell like slight mildew. So this is a must-have in my house." —TJ

    Get a one-quart spray bottle and one-gallon concentrate refill from Amazon for $17.22+ (available in three scents).

    20. Turn on a wax warmer for delicious fragrance without the need for sprays or open flames. The warmer can double as a night light, the wax melt can be hardened and reused, and you'll never have to deal with empty candle jars again!


    Promising review: "It has a nice tree silhouette that is lit by an incandescent bulb that is also the heating element. It only takes a few minutes for the plate to warm up enough to start melting the wax. The plate is deep enough to easily hold two cubes without spillage, though I wouldn't go more than that. The cord is long enough to place on top of a bookshelf or end table and still have the cord reach an outlet." —ATechnoholic

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two colors). And for wax warmers, try these Febreeze ones for $12.99 in fresh-pressed apple, Hawaiian aloha, moonlight breeze, and Gain original.

    21. Place a deodorizer pouch into your laundry hamper to neutralize smells until good ol' laundry day arrives. It's non-toxic, reusable, and completely odorless.


    To rejuvenate, put in a microwave for two to four minutes or place in direct sunlight for a day and reuse. It can last for a few years, so definitely a bargain!

    Promising review: "It really works. Totally and absolutely absorbs unpleasant odors. I've recharged in my microwave a couple time and it's still working." —Gene D.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. Dredge up whatever mysterious gunk is clogging (and causing a terrible stink) your garbage disposer via a biodegradable packet. The packet will reach deep in drain pipes and blast out ickiness with foaming technology and bleach alternatives. AKA, say hello to an actually fresh-smelling sink.


    Promising review: "Holy cow I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naïve thinking, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. Very simple instructions, literally takes five minutes and some hot water! You'll have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Anytime I get a whiff of odor, I drop one of these packs in the disposal and the smell is GONE! Worth every penny!!" —VadersGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $6.46+ (available in larger packs).

    23. Say ~bye~ to that rancid garbage smell with Glad scented trash bags that'll mask whatever leftover is currently rotting. The unique diamond design allows for flexibility without fear of ripping or leaking.


    These bags hold 13 gallons and are meant for tall trash cans!

    Promising review: "These are the most durable trash bags I have purchased and my rubbish includes cat litter. The odor control is quite good. I have found that, with rubbish pickup twice a week one bag is sufficient. Unlike other bags I have tried, I have had no trouble with breaks, and it does not leak if one puts in grease, fat from a pan, and the like." —Elizabeth G Melillo

    Get 100 bags from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two scents).

    24. Remove any lingering smells of onions, garlic, and fish after you've finished your latest kitchen creation with stainless steel soap. You can use it just as you would a traditional bar of soap (with water).


    Promising review: "I don't know how it works. But it's a miracle. It takes away the strong odors like garlic and onion. The other day I cleaned raw chicken and then washed my hands with this steel soap under cold water. The smell just disappeared. Now I don't have to rub my hand with suds several times for the odor to go away." —Sarfaraz contractor

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    25. Spray clothes, bedding, curtains, and sofas with Febreze fabric refresher to neutralize any muskiness without leaving behind a strong fragrance. Sometimes items need a bit of a recharge without the use of heavy perfumes!


    Promising review: "This Febreze is amazing. I have a cat, and therefore a litter box which I keep in my bathroom due to my small apt. I've tried every room deodorizer, but there's the scent that goes along with it. This Febreze has no scent, but takes away the odors. It can be used on clothing after an evening in a smoky diner and on furniture. I think it's a great product." —Mia Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    26. Free your dishwasher of lime and mineral buildup (which, you guessed it, can cause nasty odors) with Affresh dishwasher tablets. If you've ever noticed streaking on your glassware, these tablets can help! They'll blast away whatever is hiding inside to keep your dinnerware sparkling.


    Promising review: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in. There was detergent buildup all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or buildup around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher." —Martoune

    Get six tablets from Amazon for $5.39+ (available in a two-pack).

    27. Dispose of smoke smells (cigarette, cigar, pipe) by lighting a soy candle. It'll completely counteract the smell, and provide up to 40 hours of burn time.


    Promising review: "I've been smoking at the edge of the door because it's way too cold outside! I hate that stale smell that is left over especially since I don't like smoking near my dog. I won't use sprays since they can harm animals so after some research I tried this candle. It came in today and about five minutes after lighting it, the stale smell is gone!!! I love that good natural products are used that won't be harmful to animals. I can't stand strong scents and this has a light, pleasant smell. This will be my new smoke eliminator!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (also available as a three-pack).

    28. Treat your feet to copper antibacterial socks that are moisture-wicking, bacteria- and fungi-resistant, and super cushioned! With heel tabs, they won't slip down (AKA, goodbye blisters), plus the spandex arch provides support during activity.


    These socks are unisex and come in ankle and crew options.

    Promising review: "Surprised that these actually worked to get rid of my son’s rancid foot odor! I was skeptical. After two days of wearing these socks, his feet don’t smell anymore. They used to stink up an entire room after a day at school. I tried sprays and rubbing alcohol, all of which were very ineffective. I just ordered several pairs again for my son." —Margaret H.

    Get a 3-pack from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in sizes S/M–XXL, four colors, and in packs).

    29. Hang a pair of magical odor-resisting curtains created with the makers of Arm & Hammer. Once hung, they'll last up to five years and only need to be washed once a year!


    Promising review: "This is one of the cleverest products that I have purchased in a long time! I was just searching Amazon's vast supply of curtains because our family room needed a little perking up. They arrived a few days later in excellent quality. When I opened them I could smell a slight scent of baking soda that soon disappeared after hanging. The panels are good quality; the grommets are placed neatly and firmly in the fabric. They slide back and forth on the rod very easily. Best of all, the sheers actually DO remove odors from the room! No more scent of tennis shoes or dirty socks in the family room! I will order more panels for other rooms in the house as needed in the future." —renata62

    Get them from Amazon for $5.47+ (available in five sizes and three colors).

    30. Breathe a sigh of relief, because this odor-removing gel can be placed anywhere and contains no chemicals, harmful ingredients, or intense fragrances. It's safe to keep around children and pets.


    It's simple! The gel will evaporate as it collects odors, so you only have to refill the container once in a while.

    Promising review: "I initially ordered this to use in our new house. It had been vacant for almost a year and had a lot of weird old house smells. I put about 1/4-cup of this stuff in a few small bowls throughout the house, and the odors cleared out over a few days. Fast forward a year or so, and our two dogs got sprayed head to toe by a skunk, then rolled all over everything in the living room. The stench was unbearable. I put two soup bowls full of this stuff in the living room, and over the next 24 hours, it worked a miracle. The smell is gone from the air and continues to help as we try to get the smell out of the furniture and off the dogs. I'll definitely keep a jar of this on hand for horrible odor emergencies now that I've seen how much it can do." —A. Owen

    Get it from Amazon for $38+ (available in a two-pack).

    31. Slip on a pair of breathable bikini briefs so you feel fresh down there no matter your level of activity. The mesh is antimicrobial and allows for airflow, while keeping its shape wash after wash.


    Promising review: "I ordered two of these for a month-long trip to Europe, and I am so happy that I did! They wick moisture extremely well. They can be rinsed out in the sink and dry by morning. Also, they never have an odor! To be honest, I probably could have made it through my entire trip with just one pair. They are the best travel underwear I have ever had, and I will use them for camping and hiking. They got a little frayed in the seat, but this did not affect performance at all, and I did alternate these two pairs of underwear EVERY DAY for a month." —Barbara B.

    Get a pair from Amazon for $10.77+ (available in women's sizes XS–XXL and in 12 colors).

    If you're in need of brand new undies, check out our guide of where to buy the best underwear online.

    32. Rescue sports equipment, camping equipment, and water sports gear from mildew, mold, and terrible odors with Gear Aid Revivex. The water-activated microbes will totally rid of bacteria, leaving your gear ready for the next activity.


    Get it from Walmart for $15.99.

    33. Cover offensive odors wafting from your kitty's litter tray with a potent deodorant. Its professional grade formula is 100%-safe for your feline friend and will extend the life of your current litter. AKA, you spend less money in the long run., Amazon

    It is scent-free and free from chemical additives.

    Promising review: "We have two very large litter boxes, and the cats have no problems using them, but the smell is unpleasant, even with good quality litter. So I got this stuff even though it was kind of expensive, and I swear this is some kind of dark magic. I used it on one completely cleaned box and one that had used litter (but scooped). Within seconds the smell was gone. Actually gone. Poof, vanished. It does have a very slight bleachy smell, but the cats don't seem to care. I don't usually write reviews because I'm super lazy, but this was worth my two cents." —Burnfumo

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in packs).

    I smell...a big win.

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