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Top Ways to Eliminate Household Odors for a Fresh-Smelling Home

Whether you're dealing with persistent bad odors or a one off stench, there are several effective, simple and safe options available. 

First off, Identify and Address the Source of the Odor. 

Here are some of the most common bad odors. 

  • Kitchen odors: Cooking smells, especially from fried foods, fish, or strong spices, can linger. Clean the kitchen immediately after cooking and use open windows for ventilation.
  • Trash Bins: These are a common source of unpleasant smells. To keep them fresh, empty the trash and clean the bin regularly.
  • Pet odors: Pets can bring a range of smells into your home. To manage pet odors, bathe and groom them regularly and wash pet bedding frequently.
  • Bathroom smells: Bathrooms are one of the most common places in the home where unpleasant odors can accumulate. Clean the toilet bowl, seat, and surrounding areas frequently. 
  • Musty Smells: Musty smells often result from dampness and mold. To eliminate mustiness, ensure proper ventilation in damp areas like basements and bathrooms.

  • Implement Regular Cleaning and Ventilation

  • Good airflow is essential to eliminate house odors and foul smells. Here are some ways to improve ventilation:

    • Open Windows: Let fresh air in to help dissipate odors and create a cross ventilation if possible.
    • Use Exhaust Fans: Especially in kitchens and bathrooms, exhaust fans can help remove stale air and reduce humidity, which could otherwise contribute to musty smells.
    • Air Out Fabrics: Take rugs, cushions, and pillows outside for a good shake and some fresh air.

    Improving ventilation not only helps get rid of odors but also promotes a healthier indoor environment.


  • Use Diffuser Oils 

  • One of the most popular methods for home fragrance is using diffuser oils. Disperse essential oils into the air, providing a consistent and long-lasting aroma. 

    • Diffuser oils mask bad odors by covering them with their component essential oils.

    Dukhni Diffuser Oils are easy to use and come with Oud based fragrances. You can increase the strength of the fragrance you wish to have by adding additional drops of oil depending on the severity of the stench and the size of the space. 


  • Use Mist sprays

  • These are a quick and easy way to eliminate bad odors. They can be used anywhere and work instantly.  

    • Dukhni Mist sprays are perfect for giving your home a quick refresh before guests arrive, after cooking strong-smelling foods, or to keep in the car or bathrooms for regular use. 
    • Dukhni mists can also be used around but not on pets. They are alcohol free and usually will not irritate them.

  • Burn Bakhoor

  • Bakhoor is the name for arabic incense. Burning bakhoor is a fabulous way to eliminate bad odors. It's simple, looks beautiful and smells wonderful. 

    • Light the charcoal/ candle in a bakhoor burner.
    • Place the bakhoor on top of the plate.

    Bakhoor is very effective in masking the stench of cigarette smells and other bad odors around the home. Dukhni Bakhoors are non toxic and come with a smokeless burner that is safe for burning around kids and pets.

    In addition to the above methods, using natural odor removers like baking soda and activated charcoal can effectively absorb odors. Place bowls of baking soda or activated charcoal is especially useful in areas which are small and confined like the fridge. 

    By following these top 5 ways to get rid of bad odors, ensure your home remains pleasant and inviting. 

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