Save Your Stanky Living Space With These Tools
I've never had to deal with needing air freshener in my house before, but in my new place, I do. I was constantly washing my sheets and my dog and my dog's sheets and nothing was helping the issue, until I went to Target and came home with these two products.
First, I got this jar of odor removing gel. It's just a jar of wobbly little JELL-O spheres that smells like kind of like tea tree oil or really strong pine needles. You stick it in your room and the gel evaporates and either sucks up the bad odor, or disperses it's own scent. I really have no clue how it works, but it does. It also doesn't have much of a smell to it (unless you put your nose right up to it and then WOW, it is like an Altoid for your mucous membranes), so you're not covering up the smell you want to get rid of, but instead neutralizing your stank palace. Fresh Wave also makes little sachets for you to slip into your gym bag or closet, some room spray, and a few other ways of selling this same product. All have great reviews. I have to say, I'm loving having this little jar of mystery gel in my bedroom and will be swapping it out for another one when this one's jellies all dry up.
The second tool in my arsenal against odor is this Mrs Meyers Geranium Room Freshener. I will admit to spending a weirdo-level amount of time in this aisle at Target smelling each and every room spray more than once, trying to determine which was best. It was neck and neck between Geranium and Honeysuckle and I went Geranium, but maybe I'll switch it up with the next bottle. Now this spray has a bit of a learning curve, I've found, because it's essential oil based and therefore the smell is strong. All the rooms in my house are on the small side, and if I spray more than one spritz of this stuff in a room it is pungent. Now, it's hitting you across the face with a pleasant smell, so it's better than being bombarded with something smelly, but it's also not like, something I'd wish for. What I'm saying is, it may take some time for you to learn what your tolerance is for this stuff. Mine is 1-2 sprays per room per week. Another hot tip that they don't put on the bottle (but they do put on the Mrs Meyers website, so you know it's legit) you can use this on fabrics a la Febreeze. I have! It's wonderful. Just be judicious with your sprays.