How to Control Odors in Your Home

How to Control Odors in Your Home with Borax

Not only can borax help boost your detergent, but it can control odors that occur in your home. Here’s a list of some of the places were you could add a bit of borax to reduce those funky smells.

Control odor in the home


20 Mule Team Borax is excellent for cleaning & deodorizing your fridge. Spilled food and drink can cause odors to linger for a long time, but luckily can be wiped and washed away using a damp sponge or cloth that’s been dipped in a borax solution. To make the solution, just add 1 tablespoon of borax to a quart of warm water.

Garbage Disposals.

The disposal can get pretty acrid with acidic odors. But it’s pretty simple to deodorize. Just sprinkle 2 or 3 tablespoons into the disposal, and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Afterwards, just flush with water while running the disposal itself.

Garbage Cans

We all know just how stinky any garbage can gets, especially the ones in our kitchens. This one is super easy – just pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of borax into the can. That’s it! This also works for diaper bins and compost bins.

Toilet Bowls

This location needs no introduction, just solutions. Sprinkle ¼ cup of borax into the bowl, swish with your toilet brush, and let it stand overnight if possible. Then simply wash and scrub as normal when ready.

Floors & Rugs

These things easily soak up a ton of odors – from our pets, from spilled food and drink, from anything really. Neutralize those odors (and stains) by dampening the spot and sprinkling borax over it. Rub it in as much as possible, then let dry. Then simply vacuum up the borax when the stain is gone!