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

    Aka, how to make it *seem* like you deep clean at least 1x a week.

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    1. A pair of charcoal shoe inserts to help you ~lazily~ fight the funk any time your footwear's in storage, lest you have to throw out another pair of your kid's sneakers because they've tainted the mudroom.

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    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.

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

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    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 $21.99+ (available in three sizes).

    3. A bottle of air sanitizer (yes that's a thing) that apparently funeral directors love...and you will too, for lots of more NORMAL uses!

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    Promising review: "This product was recommended to me by a funeral director. He said he has been using it for years. I have to agree it is wonderful. Recently our daughter had a mouse die in her car. (She was away and the car sat in the summer heat in Florida for a week.) She was ready to sell the car...the smell just wouldn't go away. I told her about Ozium and she couldn't believe it! After one night the smell was gone! Another Ozium believer!" —jbf

    Get it from Amazon for $27.64.

    4. A super concentrated cat litter deodorizer to make guests say "What litter box?!"

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    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 $10.99.

    5. An LED diffuser/humidifier to puff out some of your fave essential oils because maybe you don't want to smell those onions you cooked for fajitas three days later.

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    Promising review: "This item works great. I like the feature of being able to run it continuously or intermittently. It was suggested I use 10 drops of oil so I used five drops and it was still way too strong for me, so I'm using two drops and it is about right; still does the whole house!" —D.H. Cesare

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three colors).

    6. A charcoal bag for hanging most anywhere that tends to get that low-key (but still awful) musty smell.

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    Promising review: "Alright...I admit my ride was a lil' stank. Quite honestly, it had a somewhat terrible aroma. The combination of cigarette smoke, large dog, various critters that may frolic within when I accidentally leave the top down overnight, gardening expeditions that involve transporting flowers, shrubbery, sod or bags of manure also may have left a pungent olfactory residue. I refuse to accept that stuff won't fit in my car. Placed Moso under a seat while we were out of town for the weekend — HAPPILY returned to non-funky Fiat!!! And there are still dried clumps of what I insist is dirt in hard-to-vacuum spaces." —Jilly

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A before-you-go toilet spray like Poo-Pourri, V.I.Poo, or Unicorn Gold to 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): "It has saved us from breathing fumes that Satan himself would find well offensive! Burnt sulphur, snake's dung, and the venom from a thousand wasps would be better than the noxious fumes that pore forth from the toilet after my husband did evilness in there. Somehow this product is as if the down from angels wings has covered the offended area and sent forth tiny butterflies carrying bouquets of miniature flowers with the scent of ten thousand fields of lavender, this saving us from what would be certain asphyxiation!" —Brian Wilson

    Get them from Amazon: Poo-Pourri for $7.66+ (variety of scents, six sizes), V.I.Poo for $5.69+ (three scents), or Unicorn Gold for $9.99+ (three scents, two sizes)

    8. An odor-minimizing diaper pail more than 1K people swear by on Amazon because if you're dealing with diapers, you'll NEED one of these.

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    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 $69.99.

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

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    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 $4.09.

    10. 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).

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    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 $8.99+ (available in nine scents).

    11. A box of 68 Febreze-treated trash bags — they may make taking the trash out ASAP after dinner a thing of the past.

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    Promising review: "These bags are excellent tall white kitchen-size garbage bags. The ForceFlex really does help to avoid having the bag rip and spill trash everywhere. The Febreze scent also noticeably cut down on nasty odors emanating from our trash. We have a child that holds the bag only by the ties and he can drag it out to the larger outdoor trash receptacles without any anxiety or worrying about the bag tearing. These are excellent bags if you have children!" —Morgan Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.47.

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

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    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 $9.90.

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

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    Promising review: "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

    14. 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.

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    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 $6.86.

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

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    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 $5.49.

    16. 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 $19.97.

    17. 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 5 people?!)

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    Promising review: "I bought this and used it in a 1700 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.

    18. 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.

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    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 $12.97.

    19. A trio of dishwashing net cloths that won't cause a weird wet smell around the clock like your trusty sponge.

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    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 $4.65.

    20. 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.

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    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 the re 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 $4.44.

    21. 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.

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

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    Promising review: "We live in a ~250 sq. ft. motorhome 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 $19.99.

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