We are in the middle of basketball season around here, which means that most weekends (and let’s be honest, week days) are filled with practices, lessons, trainings and lots of games. What this means is lots and lots of sweat. Sweaty, smelly socks and stinky shoes are all over the Big One’s room, and I started to find that his room was developing a really pungent odor. The Mellow Man and I had to come up with a solution to the smell, so we opened on the windows to air out the room, cleaned and disinfected the room a bit, and set some DIY Natural Home Deodorizer in his room. While it’s not an immediate fix, it definitely has reduced the smell in the Big One’s room. What’s even better is that only two ingredients are required to make this awesome Natural Home Deodorizer!
I think everyone knows about the great refrigerator odor absorbing powers of baking soda, right? I mean, who doesn’t have a little box set up in they fridge! But did you know that you can use it in any room to deodorize? We use it all of the time on carpet that starts to smell like pets, so I buy the baking soda in ginormous containers from Amazon. (I’m not sure where else you can buy packages this large, but I’m guessing you could get them at Costco or Sam’s Club.)
All you need is you baking soda and your favorite essential oils. I prefer buying Plant Therapy brand, which is available online. I then poured the baking soda into a bowl, and added 10 drops of Grapefruit, 5 drops of Sweet Orange and 5 drops of Lemon essential oils into the baking soda and mixed them well. Personally I’ve learned that I’d rather start light and add more essential oils than add a lot, and then be overwhelmed. Remember that essential oils are really concentrated, and shouldn’t be used in large quantities. I blended the oil with the baking soda using a small wooden spoon, and was nearly done.
All that was left was adding the baking soda mixture into a small mason jar. You can use a piece of muslin, cheese cloth or tulle on the top of it. Honestly, I used tulle, and it wasn’t the best for keeping the baking soda from spilling! I then put a daisy mason jar lid over the tulle. This is more important than the fabric topper, as it allows the baking soda and essential oils to have enough air to do their job.
I’ve got one now in the the kitchen with the citrus scent to help combat and diffuse strong cooking odors. In the Big One’s stinky bedroom, I put a container with 20 drops of the Odor Zapper by Plant Therapy. It didn’t work overnight, but with the airing out of the room by opening the windows during the daytime on two sunny spring days, plus the deodorizer, the room smells tons better!
Tell me that I’m not the only one that is dealing with the smells associated with teenaged sports activities and the changing hormones of the adolescent boy? How do you deodorize your kids’ rooms?