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    26 Things To Help Kick Embarrassing And Musty Odors To The Curb

    Things to help with the smelly smell that smells... smelly.

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    1. A pack of dishwasher cleaner tablets to eliminate the pungent smell of last week's curry dinner from the kitchen. Clean dishwasher = clean dishes = no smell 🙌🏾!

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and dishes just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener was no longer doing its job so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine per the instructions and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully every month, as recommended. I can even put it on my subscribe and save order so I will get a new pack every six months. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    2. A tongue scraper so you can knock 'em dead with your dazzling personality — not your morning breath.

    Promising review: "THIS SCRAPER WORKS!!! I take care of my mouth, but regardless my breath had a smelly odor no matter what. I searched for this tongue scraper after reading an article written by a team of dentists about bad breath and was a bit skeptical at first...let me tell y’all I’m so glad I bought this !! Please clean with antibacterial soap after each use guys! And scrape your tongue GENTLY! The thick, white, “mossy” layer that lived on the back of my tongue is gone and there is NO ODOR on my breath...Like NONE. When I stand closely to my kids while talking there’s no reaction, this is a miracle! I didn’t know my tongue was this pink! I do NOT get paid for reviews, I am telling you the honest truth!" —Tahira Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    3. A bag of unscented cat litter because people don't have to know you have pets after taking a deep breath inside your home. This low-dust formula can clear up odors for up to 14 days.


    Promising review: "In 25 years of cat ownership, this is the only brand I can rely on for odor control and keeping my litter box dry. Every time I try another brand I always regret it. The litter turns into a pool of grossness and the smell of cheap perfumes and urine fills the house. Ever Clean does not do that though. It keeps the litterbox dry and scent-free. There is no brand that compares. The price is completely worth it." —EmilyL

    Get it from Chewy for $13.14 (available in three sizes).

    4. A bottle of Poo-Pourri so you don't have to warn the entire house that you blew up the bathroom. It coats the water with essential oils BEFORE you go so you don't have to saturate the air with Febreze afterward.

    The spray bottle of Poo-Pourri

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well this stuff works. I took it on a cruise because of the tiny cabin space in hopes that it would help cut down on bathroom odor. I'm amazed. It works exactly as advertised. Plus, you only need a tiny amount, so it lasts a long time. I still have almost the whole bottle left. I am going to New York City in a couple of weeks, and I'm staying in an apartment with a shared bathroom. This spray is definitely coming with me!" —Lisa B.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.30 (available in three sizes and three scents).

    Still not convinced? Check out why Everyone Needs A Bottle Of Travel Poo-Pourri In Their Purse.

    5. An anti-perspirant foot lotion that stomps out your piggies' pungent perspiration harder than fans stomping "We Will Rock You," at a Queen concert in the '70s.

    An open hand shows the Carpe anit-perspirant foot lotion in a tube

    Promising Review: "My boyfriend's feet smelled so bad. He could wash them with soap, soak them in bleach, but as soon as he took his shoes off, the entire room smelled so bad that I would literally start gagging. It was horrible to say the least. I can remember one time that he had his socks on and was walking across the tile floor, leaving wet footprint marks, and the smell, oh dear lord, the smell. I've tried everything, then I found this stuff. It's amazing. One day, huge difference. Three days, and no smell at all. His socks don't smell. I was on the verge of taking him to a foot doctor to understand why his feet would sweat like they do. But not any more." —Laura Kucharczyk

    Get one pack from Amazon for $14.85.

    6. An air purifier to quietly show the smell of mold and wet dog to the door. It has HEPA grade filters too!

    The air purifier

    Try adding a drop of essential oil for a light fragrance 😎.

    Promising review: "We had a moldy smelling a/c at the end of a very humid summer. We had a repair person on the way, but in the meantime, we wanted to be rid of the offensive mold smell. I bought three of these, 1 for the main bedroom, one for my child's, and one for the living room. Within 24 hours ALL of the mold odor was COMPLETELY gone. We've gotten the A/C cleaned and tuned up, but I've left these running. I figure if they got rid of all that mold odor that quickly, they're doing something!" —Customer No. 8096358952

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

    7. A pair of bamboo charcoal bags because there's nothing more embarrassing than taking your shoes off and hearing someone ask, "What's that smell?" 💀

    They work to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria from forming by absorbing excess moisture for up to two years. All you gotta do is put them in the sun for an hour per month and voila.

    Promising review: "My husband's stinky feet after work are nasty, and you would want to hold your breath when he took off his shoes, so we were quite interested to find out if the Mini-Moso Natural Air Purifying bags would help with the problem. THEY DID! After the very first time of leaving these in his shoes, when he took them off, the problem was solved. Now, you can't even tell when he takes his shoes off. I highly recommend these for anyone who wants odor-free shoes." —Que Barbara

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95.

    Read our full review: Stop Throwing Out Your Stinky Shoes And Get These Charcoal Shoe Deodorizers!

    8. A cleaner and deodorizer to restore your carpet to its glory days, you know, before it acquired that unsettling aroma. Why pay 💰💰💰 to get the thing shampooed ONCE when you can get this long-lasting product for under $20?

    JYSK, this cleaner is can only be used with carpet-cleaning machines like this one.

    Promising reviews: "I was very skeptical. I just have to say the ratings are accurate! I had a room that had housed some pets while we were away at work and over many years accidents happened. When you’re not there to clean it up right away the carpet gets stained. I had used carpet cleaners with all kinds of recommended cleaners. But it just didn’t have an impact. After using up the last of another cleaner I had I finally opened this one." —KristenK

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    9. This scent-neutralizing stainless-steel bar because the smell of garlic, onion, or seafood does not deserve to live rent-free on your hands! Rub this magic bar (and by magic, I mean stainless steel + sulfur) to expunge the smell ASAP.,

    You can rub your pits or your whole body with this bar, too. Or even use it to clean smelly rags! Science, amiright?

    Promising Review: "I love it so much that I purchased more as gifts. Nobody likes smelly hands from working in the kitchen. I have a volunteer job that involves working with animals that eat mouse and quail. There is nothing like the smell of mouse on your hand when you're trying to eat lunch. I originally got one of these since it's just steel and isn't something involving harsh chemicals that could harm animals. It has been working very well. Once I had success there, I bought three or four more as gifts for people who cook a lot and often cook with garlic, onions, meats, etc. I highly recommend this product!" —CamilleElise

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    10. A pack of five disposable gas neutralizers because if nobody smells it, nobody dealt it... right 😏? That's what I thought. Put this sticker inside your underwear — you know the area, and it'll keep you covered.

    The carbon filters

    The pads are made of soft fabric-covered antimicrobial activated carbon to filter your farts before they escape.

    Promising review: "My flatulence was putting a serious strain on the relationship with my girlfriend. Romantic dinner, movie-goings, and even picnics were turned into foul-smelling disaster dates. In the years prior, I spent countless classroom hours mastering the delicate hushed whisper. But the whiffs of gastric murmurs remained untamable. This Christmas, I received a life-changing gift, Subtle Butt, from none other than my girlfriend's father. No longer am I the victim to my own pernicious digestion, but the master of these ocean winds." —Zach

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. An odor-controlled garbage can that you won't be grossed out by AND has wheels. It has a pedal so you don't have to touch it when throwing things away.

    The trash can

    Promising review: "This trash can is a lifesaver on odor and splitting up garbage accordingly!" —Forrest Theiss

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in seven size and design options).

    12. A coconut-scented bed and linen spray to teleport you straight to the beach each time you jump in bed. Peak relaxation!

    The spray bottle

    Promising review: "Unreal how realistic their coconut smell is, you could actually expect a cracked coconuts to be sitting around somewhere close. Last up to three days. The smell on a pillowcase to me is more comforting than lavender smell they have which tickles my nose and is not “sleep inducing” to me. Real carnation smell is a fave of mine but their carnation spray is pretty strong and again not comforting like the authentic coconut spray, just wow! Thank you!!!" —Cindy Grant

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

    13. A fridge and freezer odor absorber that'll come in handy if you share a fridge and nobody seems to know where that questionable smell is coming from.

    The packaging

    Promising review: "I have always purchased the little fridge boxes in the past, but this was my first time purchasing this spill-proof version. GAME-CHANGER. I cannot tell you how many times I knocked the other little box over and had to clean up baking soda off a shelf. With this product, there is like a cloth filter over the opening, so it is basically impossible to get baking soda all over if you knock the box over. It's small and effective and just a really smart product. If you like to keep baking soda in your fridge, I highly recommend this product!" —CrazyCurlsChica

    Get it from Target for $0.99.

    14. A pack of odor-blocking garbage bags to trap odors until you're motivated enough to take out the trash.

    The packaging

    Promising review: "Very durable! I was nervous about using them because of the reviews saying they broke easily. They work perfect for me and I have a 13.3-gallon trashcan. Great price for the amount you get as well." —Marie Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $11.84.

    15. An odor-minimizing diaper pail that'll preserve your nostrils while disposing those "gifts" from your little bundle of joy.

    A reviewer's diaper pail with the caption, "that looks about right"

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! We had a Diaper Genie for years before we bought this. When they are newborns their diapers don't stink as bad so it's not a big deal. But older baby poop has a much stronger smell. We started putting the Diaper Genie in the garage because we didn't want our house to smell like poop. And the replacement liners are ridiculously expensive. This product solves both problems. Because it is made of metal, it holds the smell in. I have put some really gross smelling diapers in there and there is still no smell in the room. And this product uses ordinary trash bags, which saves tons of money! There is also a child lock on the top so your toddler can't open the pail. So glad we bought it. Pays for itself over a Diaper Genie because of using ordinary trash bags." —Tim Hayward

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in 14 styles).

    16. A Moroccan Moon scented candle so fragrant, reviewers said it lingered in their room after they blew it out. The jar gorgeous, you won't want to throw it away.

    The candle

    Promising review: "It is such a great smell — warm and sweet with a little spice — not overly floral or overpowering, but earthy without smelling masculine. Great throw. I immediately ordered two more, and am going to try the diffuser." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    17. A Nest New York reed diffuser that smells so good, I bought the Moroccan Amber scent three times.

    The reed diffuser next to plants, crystals, and sage
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    If you love the scent, you can purchase a refill for a fraction of what you initially paid. I keep my Moroccan Amber diffuser on my desk because it makes me look forward to working. My roommate can't get enough of the Blue Cypress & Snow diffuser on my dresser.

    Promising review: "I recently bought two of these diffusers for our bathroom. Within days of placing these diffusers, my entire family loved them so much that they were telling me to never remove these Nest diffusers from our bathrooms. We even had our guests making comments like, "What’s that great scent in your bathroom?" I love these diffusers as they are elegant looking, and they are so easy to set up. Yes, they are a little pricey, but the scent does fill the entire bathroom and more for a full ninety days plus in our home. I just found out that Nest now offers diffuser scent refills for close to half price which is so much more tolerable after your initial purchase. I promise, after adding one of these Nest diffusers to your bathroom you will no longer need to buy cheap smelling spays from the grocery store to cover smells which is another plus. I highly recommend this product and I hope you are as happy as we are if you decide to give Nest diffusers a try." —Brad

    Get it from Amazon for $48 (available in 21 scents).

    18. A pack of washing machine tablets to come in handy if your clothes keep coming out musty after you wash them.

    A model putting the tablet in a washer

    Promising review: "All of a sudden my washer stunk and nothing worked and the smell permeated throughout the house. I tried at different times bleach tablets, vinegar, vinegar/baking soda, essential oils, Pine-Sol, taking everything apart and scrubbing everything. Took out the filter and drained the old water out. After a few days, the smell would return and the smell was so bad I was about to buy a new washer since nothing worked. I even stopped using liquid washing detergent and fabric softener, but this didn't help either. Tried this product as a last resort. Put one tablet in 3x on the sanitary cycle. Amazingly the smell was gone and after a couple of months, there still have not been any issues of smelling like mold/mildew. I will continue to use the product to keep the smell away. Very pleased with this purchase." —JS

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (each pack has five tablets).

    19. A natural air-purifying bag for anyone who finds that "new car smell" and other artificial scents overwhelming. If you have a sensitive nose, this sack will absorb everything without giving you a headache.

    The sack in a cup holder in a car

    Promising review: "I have no idea how these work, but they put anything stinky to rest. I purchased these and one in kitchen and the other in a “new” 13-year-old car we just bought. Within 24-48 hours all odors are gone and it just smells clean and fresh (reminds me of Dasani water?). Love the linen packages, makes this look less “industrial” and blend in better. They come in a three-pack, one is saved and stored in a sealed plastic bag, for later use." —Ellen

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.95 (also available in packs of three and five).

    Learn about more ways to use these deodorizing bags in our Moso charcoal bag review!

    20. A pack of cedar chip pouches to slurp the moisture out of your shoes harder than a child drinking a Frosty through a straw. Of course, your shoes will smell like wood and not ice-cream.

    A reviewer's dress shoes on the rack

    Promising review: "I have to say these little sacks work. I used them overnight in my work/play shoes and switched them around my different pairs of shoes. Within a month, my shoes have no bad odor, only a slight hint of cedar. What's even better — MY FEET NO LONGER SMELL BAD. I'm honestly amazed. I am going to make sure I always have a fresh pack of these shoe inserts. They not only took care of my shoe odor, they cured my foot odor. AWESOME."—joshua d shaw

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. A Dyson air purifier + humidifier + fan that will eliminate odors and radically improve your air quality. This 3-in-1 machine will save space and detect and tackle noxious fumes before you realize they're there — totally worth the investment.

    Dyson, Christine Forbes / Buzzfeed

    These screenshots are before and after running my Dyson for an hour and a half. This air purifier confirmed that the rotten smell coming from my radiator was literally poisoning me and my roommates. This machine is so sensitive, it can detect the pollution from cars downstairs if I leave the window open...and I live on the sixth floor 😨. My plants are flourishing during the NYC winter due to the improved humidity in my room. It's definitely a luxury item, but I'm glad I splurged since I'm living in an old building in a polluted city and I have allergies.

    Promising review: "I just can't say enough about this machine! It's a splurge....however, you are getting a purifier, fan, and humidifier all in one unit. We have two dachshunds and although they are clean, they can smell at times when coming in wet. This unit always takes out any odors. A few years ago I purchased the Dyson Pure Cool TP04 for our bedroom. I have run this unit 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It still runs perfectly. My favorite thing about these Dyson fan units is how easy they are to set up and use. Plus, there are several videos online to refer to. You can operate it through the app on your phone (which I prefer) or there is a magnetic remote control that sits on top of the fan." —Julie

    Get it from Dyson for $799.99+ (available in two colors).

    Still think it's all hype? That's because you haven't read My Dyson Air Purifier Got Me Through What Felt Like The End Of The World.

    22. A Glade plug-in refill so you can keep your space fresh for up to 150 days. Sensitive nose? No problem, you can set this to your preferred fragrance intensity.

    A reviewer's plug-in

    To use these, you're gonna need the plug-in for $2.98.

    Promising review: "I have four dogs and four cats, so it's not hard to imagine that my house gets pretty stinky from time to time. I've had a hard time in the past finding something to not just mask the smell of the animals, but get rid of it completely. When I got this free sample in the mail from Glade, I didn't have very high hopes. About 15 mins after plugging it in, I smelled fresh laundry. Then I remembered I didn't do laundry. The glade plug in started working almost immediately! I was surprised to say the least. It made my house smell so fresh and definitely not like I had a small zoo living with me. I will definitely continue buying these and I'll recommend it to anyone who'll listen!" —Rebecca Escareno

    Get it from Amazon for $6.42+ (available in 8 scents).

    23. A fragrance-free cat litter deodorizer because your cat won't want to poop in a smelly litter box and you don't want them to poop anywhere else. Best to keep those scents covered up!

    The deodorizer in cat litter and a cat

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I have three high-yield poop machines masquerading as cats, and it’s a never ending mission to make sure the house doesn’t smell like a liter box. I try really hard to ensure the house is clean and smells good without using harsh chemicals or aerosol sprays. Within the first day of using this I noticed that the slight lingering ammonia/ poop smell wasn’t noticeable when walking into the house anymore. After a few days I realized that I couldn’t smell anything even as I was scooping the three liter boxes." —Tori

    Get an 8-pound bag from Amazon for $49.97.

    24. An invigorating soy candle to refresh any room that, to put it politely, smells like a stale cracker. It has lemongrass and vanilla notes that never fail to get the job done.

    The Invigorate Candle surrounded by a bowl of lemons
    Black Gold Lux Brand

    My roommate and I splurged on this candle and a few others from Black Gold Lux Brand and they did not disappoint! They totally transform any space they're in, which makes a world of difference since we're home all the time. I can't wait to buy more.

    Black Gold Luxury Brand is a Black woman-founded brand that was created to provide safe products to candle lovers. As such, they use 100% soy wax and the highest quality fragrance and essential oils to create dope products.

    Get it from Black Gold Luxury Brand for $20.21+ (available in two sizes).

    25. A garbage disposal cleanser for clearing out whatever putrid odors are coming from the drain because people literally put anything in there.

    The clogged sink // The drain full of the cleaner // The empty drain

    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. So of course, I had to try it. Very simple instructions: it literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch ;-). Worth every penny!" —VadersGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $6.07.

    26. And some hypoallergenic pet wipes because nobody has the energy to bathe their pet every week 😫. Spot clean and deodorize your furry companion with these compostable, hypoallergenic wipes!,

    Promising Review: "I always have wipes on hand as we foster dogs, and I refuse to give a dog a bath until it's had some time to decompress and learn to trust us. We also use them to freshen our resident dogs between baths, because they both HATE baths. These are definitely the best wipes we've used. We just brought home a new foster who'd been at the shelter for 90+ days and smelled horrible. After one wipe down with these (three wipes for a 65-lb. dog), her scent dissipated substantially. After a second wipe down later the same day, her smell is almost entirely gone." —TM82

    Get an unscented 100-count pack from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in a 400-count pack and in a lavender scent).

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