Monday, August 6, 2012

Money Saving Natural Oder Killers

tomato sauce
A recent "oopsa" when home canning a couple of jars of chicken soup left a smell previously unknown to man in my newly refurbished kitchen cabinets. I tried a string of natural odor killers and one chemical concoction before finding a cure. Here is how they sized up from start to finish.

I started by washing the area with soap and water to no avail.

Then I tried a natural paste of baking soda, dish soap and water. Still no help.

Next I tried strait lemon juice.

After that a paste of lemon juice and baking soda as a scrub.

After which I peeled off the contact paper lining.

The cabinet still stunk like a skunk...so in desperation, I sprayed it with a chemical concoction you may have heard of...Fabreze. Save your money...the cabinet still smelled bad if not worse!

So, I left more baking soda in the cabinet over night and woke up to the same smell the next morning.

Remedy 2:  The next morning I discovered an all natural skunk smell remover in my cabinet called Nature's Miracle.  I am happy to report that after two applications, the smell began to lift slightly however it was still there! Yes, after using skunk smell remover...it still smelled like a skunk!

As my mind drifts to episodes of Seinfeld...I begin to wonder if tomato juice really works on skunk...

I reach for the can of tomato sauce in my refrigerator and begin to clean the spot in the cabinet...within five minutes the smell that I had been fighting for a week was completely gone!

Remedy 1:  It is true! The number one money saving all natural odor remover that I recommend is tomato sauce!

I also blogged about Natural Bug Removal.
And Setting an Atmosphere with Scents.

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Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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