Natural Odor Eliminators & Giveaway!

(This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to all who entered!)


Well, I had planned to do a recipe post today, but unfortunately, when I went to make the recipe last night I realized that I was missing one of the key ingredients.

As I scrambled to find something else to make for dinner (thank you, Trader Joe’s frozen bean burritos), I was also dealing with a very gassy dog (and no, she didn’t become gassy by eating the bean burritos).

I was about to light a candle to get rid of the smell when I remembered that I had some new natural odor eliminating products by Fresh Wave to try out:  a Natural Odor Eliminator Home Soy Candle, a Natural Odor Eliminator Home Spray, and a Natural Odor Eliminator Multi-Purpose Additive.



According to the company’s website, these products “all use the power of nature for safe, non-toxic odor elimination without the use of perfumes or fragrances. Simple, natural, ingredients like Lime, Pine Needles, Aniseed Clove, Cedarwood and Water”.

Pretty great, right?

As I’ve mentioned before, I do not like to use most mainstream room sprays, plug-ins, or candles because they emit toxins into the air that my family and I breathe in each day.  Luckily, the Fresh Wave products are not only toxin-free, but they are effective and make the house smell fresh and clean.

I’ll admit that before I tried them, I was worried that they’d make my house smell too “earthy”, if you know what I mean.  Thankfully, these products didn’t give off a funky scent at all.  They just completely neutralized the odors of the bean burritos and the dog.

There are also other ways to eliminate all kinds of odors from your home, including:

  • Baking soda  (sprinkle on the carpet before vacuuming; keep a box in your refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh)
  • Active charcoal (can absorb odors inside your refrigerator)
  • Coffee grounds  (can absorb odors inside your refrigerator)
  • Lemon (squeeze some lemon juice in a spray bottle filled with water and spritz the room with it or place half a lemon in the top rack of the dishwasher and run it to freshen the appliance)
  • Eucalyptus oil (add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water and use to clean your bathroom)
  • Newspaper (stuffing your shoes with newspaper will soak up the moisture)
  • Baking soda (sprinkle your carpet with some baking soda before vacuuming, add some to liquid soap before cleaning counter surfaces and appliances, or even add some to your laundry detergent)
  • Tea tree oil (add two teaspoons to your wash to remove smells from laundry)
  • White vinegar (pour one part baking soda to four parts of white vinegar in your toilet bowl to freshen it up; put out a small dish of vinegar to rid your home of cigarette smoke or other odors)
  • Candles (light beeswax or soy candles with lead-free wicks to add fragrance to your home)
  • Tulips (decorate your home with tulips to purify the air)
  • Make my non-toxic home fragrance
  • Eucalyptus (adding a sprig to any room can eliminate odors for up to two weeks!)


Giveaway Information


I just love how there are so many options when it comes to eliminating odors naturally, and I hope that you’ll try some of them out in your own homes.

In fact, thanks to Fresh Wave, one lucky reader will have the opportunity to try out all three products mentioned above for themselves!  You’ll have four different ways to enter:

  1. Follow Fresh Wave on Twitter (comment back here to let me know you’ve done so)
  2. Like Fresh Wave on Facebook (comment back here to let me know you’ve done so)
  3. Like The Grass Skirt on Facebook (comment back here to let me know you’ve done so)
  4. Share your favorite trick for eliminating odors

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.  The winner will be announced on Monday, March 12, 2012.

Good luck and have a great day!


 [Please note: Although I received the products above for free, I was not paid to do this review.  The opinions stated in this post are my own, true thoughts about the products.]






  1. I use the trick of putting lemon or citrus rinds in the garbage disposal to freshen the scent of my sink :)

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    I love that trick! In fact, I love when I drink water with lemon and can toss the lemon into the disposal when I’m done. :)

  2. I’m following Fresh Wave on Twitter!

  3. Thanks for sharing all your tips! My favorite way to get to odors off of my hands (like garlic or onion) is mixing baking soda with soap or lemon juice and scrubbing them up really good!

  4. I liked Fresh Wave on FB!

  5. And the Grass Skirt! I can’t believe I wasn’t following you already!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Well, I am glad we fixed that problem! Haha. :)

  6. Great post – I love baking soda and lemons. Your post had me thinking about Lysol and how it doesn’t mask anything just adds a horrible scent to the already horrible scent in the room – ha! Now if I could figure out why the dishes clean from the dishwasher smell like rotten fish I will be oh so happy. Have a Great Day:)

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Yes- Lysol makes me feel like I’m just infesting my house with toxic fumes! I agree that baking soda and lemons are life savers. I’ve got lots more cleaning tips coming up involving both. :)

  7. AnnaZed

    I am following FreshWave on Twitter now (thanks to you!) where I am @AnnaZed

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. AnnaZed

    I am a big fan of Borax. I always use it in the laundry and I love the way sheets and towel come out smelling so clean.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    I love Borax! My mother has been using it for years and years and got me into using it.

  9. Jenny o.

    I liked fresh wave on FB!

  10. Jenny o.

    And I follow fresh wave on twitter!

  11. Jenny o.

    I like the grass skirt on FB!

  12. Jenny o.

    My favorite trick for eliminating odors is a spray bottle of white vinegar mixed with water. It helps with fabric odors, although you have to be patient with the vinegar smell for about an hour. Eventually it goes away and takes odors with it!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. A friend of mind told me about this. Heat a pan of water low heat on the stove pour in scented oil. Only takes a small amount. Then the aroma from the oil will start to spread all over the house. Remember take pan of stove and do not bring to boil. Works really well.

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    WONDERFUL tip! Thanks for sharing! :)

  14. Margit D.

    I liked fresh wave on FB ;-)I love that stuff!

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