| Here are some ideas to help you
keep your home nice and clean and fresh:
For urine odors on furniture, mattresses etc dampen and sprinkle borax on the spots-the borax should neutralize the odor and then clean it again with mild detergent
For new urine accidents, use either club soda or vinegar and pour it on spot
For wall to wall carpeting with backing, buy a hypodermic needle and fill it vinegar and inject the carpet to get to the backing and do it repeatedly.
Sprinkle baking soda or borax (you can add some essential oils ie lavender etc to add a fragance(I put a few drops in oil and then rub it on rugs and possibly antiseptic effect-(I sometimes use tea tree oil or eucalyptus-which are also insect repellents) on the carpets and then vacuum.
Sprinkle baking soda on the bed mattress to help reduce odors.
Sprinkle baking soda on your furniture to reduce odors. You will create a mess and have to spend time vacuuming it up but it seems to work well.
Actually you can sprinkle baking soda on your pets but careful not to get it near their nose or eyes ... it helps deodorize them and when brushing it out absorbs some of oils that cause the odor.
While you are at it you might as well do that when you are about to sprinkle the carpet so you will have less to cleanup and what goes on the floor will contribute to your sprinkling the floor.
It might be convenient to buy a sugar sprinkler so you can just fill it with baking soda ..it may be an idea to label it so if you are cleaning challenged you won't have to worry about using too much baking soda when you are dumping it from container....we cleaning challenged tend to be very impatient and have a lot of things on our mind other than cleaning.
For odors in refrigerator, put half a lemon in the fridge and an open box of baking soda .. they will absorb the odors and keep the fridge smelling nice.
In you garbage pail 1/2 a lemon in the bottom of the pail helps.
If you have run out of pot pourri use a couple of flavored tea bags in water in the potpourri warmer.
You can use diluted vinegar on pet urine ..reduces urine odor(you can use club soda also).
Baking soda in bottom of ashtrays helps reduce tobacco odor.
Remove odors from a cutting board with vinegar and baking soda.
For an underarm deodorant substitute, use alcohol to remove bacteria and then apply baking soda or cornstarch.
Light match in bathroom or around a litter box to reduce odor.
To remove mildew odor from books, put the books in bag with baking soda or clean cat litter and leave for a few weeks.
For skunk odor make a solution of HYDROGEN PERIOXIDE,LIQUID SOAP AND BAKING SODA and pour in affected area, if known.
Odors from fires are very difficult to remove. Youmight have to wash clothes five times, possibly with vinegar added to the rinse cycle and add baking soda. You may need to degrease your walls with something stronger than vinegar or lemon and then add some sealer to further lock in the odor before you repaint.
To remove gooey stuff-put an ice cube on it or if you can put in freezer and then scrape off when hard and continue from there.
To remove candle wax-put brown paper bag over wax and iron with warm iron-wax goes onto bag-if candle wax goes inside an object try heating object in double boiler..or if weather on your side, put object in sun and let wax melt naturally.
If you splill wax on carpet..put ice cube to harden it and then scrape off as much as possible..next take a warm iron and put brown paper bag on spots and iron..brown paper bag will absorb the remaining wax..to extend life of candle..freeze it over night..or else dip it in salt solution for a few hours or in mild detergent for a few hours..
To remove lipstick on clothes-try rubbing some tooth paste on the stain.
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