How to Get Rid of Pesticide Odor


Pesticides contain strong odors that often linger after an application has been made. The odor may even attach itself to your clothing. Sulfur and formaldehyde are two common ingredients found in pesticides that cause unpleasant odors. If you find that the pesticide you used is leaving a foul odor behind, there is something you can do to get rid of it.

Step 1

Place the clothes that smell like pesticide in your washing machine. Add 1 cup of vinegar and your laundry detergent. Wash as you normally would.

Step 2

Pour vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Spray the vinegar in the air wherever you smell the pesticide. Vinegar has the ability to get rid of strong odors.

Step 3

Sprinkle baking soda throughout your home if your home smells of pesticide. Let the baking soda sit until all of the bad odor has been absorbed. Baking soda is another product commonly found in homes that has the ability to get rid of strong odors.

Step 4

Vacuum or wipe up the baking soda. You can use a wash cloth wet with dish soap and water to wipe up the baking soda.

Step 5

Set out a few bowls of charcoal in your garage if that is where the pesticide odor is coming from. Charcoal also absorbs strong odors.

Tips and Warnings

  • Air fresheners will not remove the bad odor. They will just combine their fragrances with the odor that is already present.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Wash cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Charcoal


  • California Department of Pesticide Regulation: Pesticide Odor
  • Angel Fire: 131 Uses for Vinegar
  • Gomestic: 10 Effective Ways to Remove Bad Smell
Keywords: pesticide odor, pesticide smell, removing strong odors

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