Removing unwanted and unpleasant odors in your home doesn’t mean you have to spray harsh chemicals everywhere, you just have to go to the source. If you have carpet and pets, chances are you’ve got some unwanted odors under foot.

Here’s a simple solution. Sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet, then lightly mist it with water. Then scrub the carpet vigorously with a stiff scrub brush to work the baking soda down into the fibers. Once it’s dry vacuum it well and the odors will be gone.

You can also attack smells through the house by adding a few drops of vanilla extract to your air filter for your heating and cooling system. All the air in the house will be treated several times an hour.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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