We all want to work in a fresh, clean environment. The problem is that so many modern solutions for eliminate bad smells in our lives come with chemical names longer than your arm, and you don’t want to be breathing something you can’t pronounce. Worse, you don’t want those chemicals sitting around, getting all over your skin, and coating your co-workers. Which is why it’s important to have eco-friendly solutions to the negative aromas in your life.
This list of life hacks should have you smelling fresh in no time.
Hack #1: Take it Outside
The easiest way to get rid of a bad smell is to take the offending item outside. This works for blankets and sneakers, as well as garbage cans and smoky jackets. Hanging the items up on a clothesline, or tossing them over a balcony rail, can do wonders when it comes to getting rid of clinging scents. If the whole work space is the problem, a cross breeze can help things feel and smell fresher by whisking away offending scents.
Hack #2: Put Out Some Oats
While coffee grounds and baking soda are often used as ways to counteract bad smells, oatmeal can also get the job done in a pinch. According to Wisebread, uncooked oats can suck out everything from cigarette scents on down.
Hack #3: Cultivate Some Green
Workplace plants might seem like a hassle sometimes, what with all the trimming, watering, and keeping them safe from the cleaning crew, but they are directly responsible for making sure your little corner smells fresh. So whether you want a hanging plant acting as scent control, or you grow a small window box of flowers, you’re taking a big step toward keeping awful smells out.
Hack #4: Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, and White Vinegar
If you only have one small, shared bathroom, you might have serious problems keeping it smelling clean. If that’s the case, you can make a paste with baking soda and lemon juice. Scrub the paste on the problem areas of your toilet, and let it sit for about 15 minutes or so. Wipe it down with a wet rag, and if the smells aren’t completely gone, then spritz the area down with white vinegar, and after a few minutes, wipe it up with a damp rag. Banish the ghost of truck stops past, and enjoy the freshness of your loo once more.