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    Updated on Jul 5, 2020. Posted on Jul 5, 2020

    26 Products That'll Make Your Home Smell So Much Cleaner

    Stuff that reviewers swear tackle the funk of eau de pet, sweaty bunkmates, foul footwear, dead animals, stale cigarette smoke, and so much more.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pet odor-focused candle or room spray that won't smell like an odor-eliminating candle. I swear! I'm obsessed with these things.

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    In case these Vanna White-like animals aren't convincing enough, check out my full review of One Fur All Pet House candles. (My personal fave is the lavender green tea!)

    Promising review: "My favorite candles so far! My cat approves it too! My cat is super sensitive and gets allergic of certain scents but, this candle has really been a hit! We both love the scent and the relaxing smell helps to keep my cat calm. P.S The customer service is AMAZING! We ordered the lavender green tea candle." —Natalia

    Get them from Amazon: candle for $29.95 (eight scents) and room spray for $9.99 (five scents)

    2. A solid air freshener you can stash in a corner and forget about (and also the horrible smell that made you buy it in the first place — but it's best that we don't talk about those things).

    the air freshener in a container
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I kept this in my room in Afghanistan. Even with multiple dudes in the room, stinky uniforms and boots, it did a good job of improving the scent in the room. It lasted longer than the package said it would, so that was a bonus. Even after it dried up, I could put a little water into it and it would keep doing its thing." —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $14.40+ (available in eight scents).

    3. A bag of rocks that'll get the smoky smell out of a recently vacated rental where like 50 people smoked. (Kidding, but maybe like five people who were puffing overtime?!)

    the container of the odor eliminating rocks
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this and used it in a 1,700 square feet home that was for rent to smokers. They lived there for four years with consistent smoking. Put three bags in different spots of the home on Saturday night, came back Monday at 11 a.m., and the smell was completely gone. I was amazed and I usually don't get amazed or amused often. So I bought another 12 packs for my own home and put it in random spots of the home." —CorvetteM

    Get a 32 oz. pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A pair of charcoal shoe inserts to help you ~lazily~ fight the funk while you're giving your shoes a rest and off doing better things than worrying about how your closet smells.

    hiking sneakers with the bamboo inserts in them with other shoes in the background
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Our boys play a lot of sports but we bought these specifically for our teenage son's soccer cleats. We tried spray and sneaker balls but they didn't touch the smell. These Moso Bags were recommended by a teammate's mom and they are great. His cleats were so gross if he took them off in the car I had to roll down the windows. When these bags are in you can't smell the cleats. If you stick your nose up in his shoes they still have an odor but I feel like they are constantly having to battle the funk so they are doing a great job. He can also stick his cleats in his bag and not make all his kits smell. These are definitely worth the purchase." —Aimee

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. Or a pair of cedar shoe trees in case you're worried about rank wafts and misshapen footwear.

    slip on sneakers with the shoe trees in them
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Perhaps it's the cedar smell they leave with your shoes, the way they fill out the shoes so well, the novelty of the mechanics (like a little puppet foot)...I'm not sure why. Anyway, they fit my shoes great and I ended up buying two more sets. They aren't the cheapest thing out there, but I give them two big thumbs up!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $27.19+ (available in three sizes).

    6. A bottle of air sanitizer (yes that's a thing) that can eliminate the WORST of smells... like old cigarette smoke!

    bottle of the spray
    Amazon

    Other reviews on sold-out listings mention that it's great for covering up dead animal smells (sometimes mice get in your car?!) and that funeral directors also swear by it. So there's that. My mom uses this on regular smells (like our alive family dog Hank and cooking wafts), and it WORKS.

    Promising review: "If there is a smell you need to ELIMINATE, not cover up, Ozium is the go-to. Pet odor, smoke, anything. Simply the best." —Jonathan Cashman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    7. A super concentrated cat litter deodorizer to make guests say "Wait, you have a cat?!" Yes, an elusive one.

    cat posing with the container of odor deodorizer
    Amazon

    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 litter 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. There wasn’t a fake perfume smell covering up a smell, there literally wasn’t a smell at all! The product smells very fresh and clean in the container but there’s no odor when applied into the liter. I’m very happy with this amazing stuff and I recommend it to anybody with cats who doesn’t want to use potentially harmful sprays or perfumes. So thank you NonScents. I’m a very satisfied customer!" —Tori

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    8. A charcoal bag for hanging most anywhere that tends to get that low-key (but still awful) musty smell. So really, most places!

    the bag tucked into a fridge full of produce
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is seriously the best $ I've ever spent! I could not stand the scent of my cat's litter box, even when it was spotless. The scent of the litter itself was making me sick. I was skeptical, but decided to give these bags a try. Oh my gosh! I placed them in the sun for three to four hours to activate them and then I put one by the litter box. Just like magic, the problem was solved within just a couple of hours!" —Patti Howard

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $20.99.

    9. An LED diffuser/humidifier to puff out some of your fave essential oils because you've been trying every which way to cover up that Brussels sprouts smell since you realized they taste like actual food if you roast them! (Me, I'm talking about myself.)

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    Promising review (for diffuser): "I was surprised how long it runs on such a small amount of water! It has two options, for diffusing — continuous or intermittently. I have been running it on the continuous mode, mainly because I'm kind of impatient. It also has a light that you can set for just one color or it will alternate between all of them. I am not a fan of strong perfumey smells, so for me, this is perfect. Last evening it was on a table in my front room, and I would catch a whiff of Lavender every few minutes — perfect!" —krazk8t

    Get them from Amazon: diffuser for $15.99+ (available in three colors) and essential oils for $16.95

    10. A before-you-go toilet spray like Unicorn Gold, Poo-Pourri, or V.I.Poo that'll help fight horrible bathroom smells before they exist.

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    All you do is spray this a few times *directly* into the toilet bowl before you do your business.

    Promising review (for V.I.Poo): "My roommate and I bought this since we lived in a dorm and had to share bathrooms with the entire hall. This thing works. The lemon scent isn't too strong, nor does it smell artificial. The bottle is small enough that it fits into a handbag, so it's great for when you're on-the-go, too!" —Emily

    Get them from Amazon: Unicorn Gold for $9.95+ (two sizes), Poo-Pourri for $13.74+ (variety of scents, six sizes), or V.I.Poo for $5.97

    11. A Blueland essentials starter kit to get you on a fragrant (in a good way) start to cutting down on your one-use plastics while in the pursuit of a cleaner home. You can get refills (tablets instead of new bottles!) on a subscription model so you'll keep going!

    Blueland

    Includes three reusable cleaning bottles; one reusable foaming hand soap bottle; four tablets (fresh lemon multi-surface, unscented glass + mirror, eucalyptus mint bathroom, iris agave foaming hand soap).

    Get it from Blueland for $39 (also available on a subscription model for $35 every 1, 2, 3, or 4 months; check out refill options).

    12. An odor-minimizing diaper pail more than 2K people swear by on Amazon because if you're dealing with diapers, you'll NEED one of these.

    tall gray trash can looking diaper pail with lid
    Amazon

    A diaper pail like this is what my mom *always* buys when shopping a baby shower registry. The sliding lid makes dumping the dirty diaper in way faster without assaulting yourself with a waft of putrid air. Oh hey, and the stainless-steel construction makes it easier to clean, sanitize.

    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 $79.99+ (available in several colors).

    13. A 10-pack of disposer fresheners to make de-funking that hardworking kitchen help a ball.

    four of the yellow disposer fresher balls on a kitchen countertop
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these things. The apartment I live in has a disposal and it's rather annoying. These things keep it fresh and clear of any food. I think this product is well worth buying and using. Get a few packs while ordering though, as you could go through them quickly." —Dstroz

    Get it from Amazon for $2.94.

    14. A box of 110 Febreze-treated trash bags — they may make taking the trash out ASAP after dinner a thing of the past.

    box of the trash bags
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fists great in my 13-gallon flat back, oval front trash can. First bags I purchased in a year that easily fit without stretching and finagling to fit on the canister. The scent is light and definitely helps trap in smells. Very sturdy if you do not over fill or make too heavy. I typically use two bags a week as we have two trash pick ups per week. So I cannot attest yet to whether the scent/odor protection lasts more than five days. We also keep our lid closed (as we have dogs and cats) so the scent stays trapped inside the canister. I will definitely continue to purchase so long as it stays a Prime item for a low price. The amount of bags should last me at least two months." —Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97 (also available in a Gain scent or lavender scent).

    15. And smaller trash bags that are lightly scented, aka perfect for dealing with bathroom waste.

    row of the trash bag packs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are thin as other people have stated, but I have not poked a hole in them yet after using over 50 of them. Using them for adult disposable underwear. I ordered the 12-pack and received all 12. Supposed to be lightly scented, only way to smell the scent is to stick your nose right up to the bag." —Clamre

    Get 12 rolls of 70 bags each from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in two scent combos).

    16. Lavender and honey blossom-scented room spray to make your living room tolerable while you track down the source of a weird smell. I've been swearing by this stuff since it came out this spring!

    four bottles of the spray
    Amazon

    Promising review: "As spring is nearing my house usually smells like mud until rainy season ends. I can only light so many candles. I don’t use air fresheners that often as they tend to smell like perfume. This one smells much better. You can tell that is is air freshener but it is lighter and not overpowering. Almost but not exactly like essential oils. I tend to go for fruitier scents but this is nice, the sandalwood and sweet grass is a good combo. If you are sensitive to any fragrance then I would pass. But if it is the perfume you hate, this might work for you." —Grrrrrrll

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $14.76+ (also available in Caribbean Sweetgrass & Sandalwood and Pineapple & Tunisian Rosemary).

    17. A commercial garbage freshener that'll leave the practice of perfectly timing what you toss with trash pickup in the dust.

    canister of freshener
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I toss my pet waste bags into my garbage bin twice daily, and the trash pick up is just once a week. After unsuccessfully trying several competing products, this absolutely works. I love it." —diabolik

    Get it from Amazon for $13.31.

    18. An odor-removing candle and matching gel in case you'd rather not deal with a new scent (even if it does smell nice).

    Amazon

    Promising review (for the gel): "I was in a very small and crowded office. People would say it smelled like a gym locker in there. It was two men and three women. I bought this and put the gel in a formerly used air freshener container above each person's wall cabinet. Worked like a charm. People started coming into the office and saying how pleasant it smelled!" —Em in WA

    Get them from Amazon: candle for $14.99 or gel for $39.99

    19. A stainless-steel soap bar for erasing garlic and fish odors from your hands, which is something that'll follow you *all* around the house if you don't do something about it STAT.

    hand holding the bar stainless star bar of soap shaped stone in a kitchen sink
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I just got two more! This product is very useful in the kitchen or the grill. You don't have to wash your hands 10 times before you get rid of the onions smell on your hands." —Rogoltz

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. A fragrance-free closet dehumidifier to keep your clothes smelling as fresh as they look.

    can of the air freshener
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this when I found mold on several pairs of boots and shoes in my closet. I've had this in my closet for a little over a month now and it has collected over an inch of water in the bottom. I'm about to have someone come look at my closet to see what the deal is, but in the meantime, I've ordered another one of these to keep it dry in my closet." —S. Marston

    Get it from Amazon for $6.84.

    21. An industrial-strength pet odor neutralizer for when your fur babies have accidents.

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    Promising review: "Our beloved 4-year-old male Boxer has recently developed an embarrassing anal gland issue, which can result in the occasional discharge of a very potent and foul smelling substance. Poor baby. We've had many dogs over the years, but had never experienced this phenomenon before. In any event, the odor from one of Duke's 'episodes' is nothing short of disgusting, and very powerful. I was at my wit's end trying to find a product that would not only effectively clean, but actually eliminate the stench, as well. I was impressed with the overwhelmingly positive reviews for Angry Orange I read on Amazon, so decided to give it a try, and I am so glad I did. This product is nothing short of AMAZING!!! It cleans the stains and eliminates the odor like nothing else I've tried. And the citrus scent is refreshing, clean and utterly delightful! I absolutely love it, and it has proven to be a total life saver in combating stinky pet smells. Angry Orange would be effective in eliminating any kind of odor problem for that matter...and I will never be without it again. My husband, Duke and I highly recommend this product!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

    22. A box of washing machine-cleaning tablets because if you don't clean the thing that cleans your clothes, they'll start smelling a little rank, too.

    person putting a tablet into a front loading washing machine
    Amazon

    Works on top- and front-loading machines.

    Promising review: "Washer started smelling a bit funky several months after we got it. I didn't understand why I couldn't just run bleach in my machine to clean it out occasionally, until I actually ran one of these tablets (free sample with my washer). The key is that the tablet goes in the washer drum, and doesn't dissolve right away. So as the washer runs through several repeated cycles of fill, agitate, and drain — the tablet is still there, sudsing up the water on cycle #2 and #3. If you just put bleach in the soap dispenser, it would all be gone after cycle #1. Also, this gets very sudsy and that probably helps it reach some areas of the machine that would otherwise get touched." —aberson

    Get a six-tablet pack from Amazon for $11.98 (also available for dishwashers).

    23. A trio of dishwashing net cloths that won't cause a weird wet smell like every sponge that's ever done you wrong in your life.

    the three cloths
    Amazon

    The netting allows food to rinse out easily and also won't scratch your dishes!

    Promising review: "I used this product for over a year and just recently bought another pair. Good riddance to regular sponges! These things still work great and still never smell. I should also add that I use them almost every single day, several times a day, because my family eats breakfast at home, we pack our lunches in reusable food containers, I cook dinner nearly every night, and I bake several times a week. So these guys get used a lot!" —Dealinthebag

    Get them from Amazon for $5.50.

    24. A pack of grooming wipes — they may just help your pupper from stinking up the couch that he's technically not allowed on...but we all know he snoozes on it all day when you're at work.

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    Promising review: "Best thing to use for puppies, from in between baths and poop! My pup loves these wipes! Hope you guys come out with other products! Love your stuff! (Well, my puppy does too!)" —work-a-holic-agent

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    25. A box of dryer sheets that'll actually get the dog smell out of the throw blanket that was a human blanket for about a week before you found your precious fur babe swaddled up in it one day. Obviously, it's the dog's blanket now.

    the box of dryer sheets
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have two large dogs, one of which has severely allergies causing her to be a little stinky. (We love her just the same!) I NEVER had a laundry product remove the smells from the dogs' blankets. Normally, right out of the wash cycle, you can still smell the dogs so the hope of removing the odor in the dryer is long gone. THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS!! I used it in combination with the liquid softened (exact same product) and it's a miracle! Right out of the washer, I was greeted with a light and fresh scent! Took the blankets out of the dryer and they were smelling great! I am officially a Snuggle Plus user! I refuse to purchase anything else!" —Kimberly

    Get a box of 105 sheets from Amazon for $3.97.

    26. A discreet wall plug-in for removing all kinds of errant wafts so your dog can finally fart in peace.

    the plug-in in a wall outlet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We live in a ~250 sq. ft. motor home with a dog (Frito feet and farts) and a cat (canned food and litter). It's fine when the windows are open, but my delicate nose and prissy sensibilities just can't stand it once the AC is on. Tired of my complaining, husband found this. It arrived yesterday. I plugged it in in a central location, and within five minutes..no smell. Dog came inside, farted next to me while I was lying on the sofa: within less than a minute, no smell. Fishy cat food: no smell *at all*. Litter box (we use Feline Pine, which is terrific, but when she poops...): what litter box? Honestly, it's like i opened all the windows and scrubbed the place from ceiling to floor. I am so happy. So is my husband. And the dog can now fart in peace." —Leigh Fellner

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three styles).

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