Many times old wood trunks and dressers will have a musty mildew or old odor. Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201 says to eliminate this, take a slice of white bread, it has to be white, put it in a bowl and cover with white vinegar. Leave it enclosed in the trunk or drawers for 24 hours. If odor remains, repeat the process. If mildew odor persists in dresser drawers, shellac or varnish the inside of them and odor will be sealed in and eliminated.
To deodorize refrigerators, leave a bowl filled with clean clay cat litter or charcoal on the shelf to absorb odors. This is particularly helpful in refrigerators that are going to be shut off or moved. Make sure you leave the door partially open at all times to allow air circulation, and put some litter or charcoal in an old nylon stocking and tie the top shut. Lay this in the refrigerator and it will control odors. For strong odors, nothing works better than dry, fresh coffee grounds. Put them in a bowl and leave in the refrigerator until odor disappears. This can be used in conjunction with the cat litter or charcoal very effectively.
The next time you fry fish, place a small bowl of white vinegar next to the stove when you fry. The odor seems to disappear.
Boil a few slices of lemon in a saucepan to clear the air of the smell of burned food.
If you smoke in the car, put a layer of baking soda in the bottom of the ashtray, to absorb smoke odor. Empty it frequently. Dryer fabric softener sheets placed under the seats also help to keep the smoke smell under control. For musty smells, put cat litter in a nylon stocking, tie the top shut and place several under the seats or in the trunk.
Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201 knows that in order for a house to be clean, it must, first of all, smell clean.