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5. The Litterbox
OMG, is there anything that will fill up the house with a terrible odor than the cat’s litterbox? You always know when someone has an indoor cat because first thing as you enter their home, you can smell the litter box! Sometimes it feels as if that smell will stick to your skin. If you don’t want people avoiding your home because of Fluffy, try this trick. Each morning and night, after you sift out the offending bombs, sprinkle the top of the litter with baking soda. This won’t hurt Fluffy at all. How much is a sprinkle? Start off with ¼ cup. Leave the room for one hour. After that, if you still detect that awful stench, try another ¼ cup. This works remarkably well! Now you still need to sift through kitty’s business twice a day and wash the box once a week, but in between those things, a little baking soda and you and kitty can remain on sweet smelling terms.
6. Stinky Pits
If you use deodorant but find that you need a “lift” during the day or at the end of the day, you can use baking soda to sweeten things up. Mix 6 drops of your favorite, non-synthetic essential oil such as geranium, rose, ylang-ylang, or lavender in ½ a cup of baking soda. Mix well and place in a glass jar with a lid. Keep this in your office or purse, along with a large makeup brush, and simply dust your underarms whenever you smell the need.
7. Stinky Ice Chests and Thermos Bottles
Don’t you just love Monday afternoons, when you open up that ice chest or thermos that you took camping or fishing the weekend before? You go to clean it out and the smell almost knocks you down! Whether it is from rotting food or the fish you caught, clean both of these items with nothing more than baking soda and water. Depending on the size of your thermos, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and three cups of water. Put it in the thermos and shake well. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse well. For that ice chest, fill it ¾ of the way with water, then add ½ to1 cup of baking soda. Mix it up well, and then close the lid. Allow it to sit overnight or for a minimum of 1 hour, and then rinse with the hose.
8. Stinky Drains and Garbage Disposals
If you want to keep your drains and garbage disposal smelling super clean and fresh, make this little trick a weekly habit. Toss a couple of tablespoons of baking soda down the drain and the disposal. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or so, and then run the hot water for 2 or 3 minutes. Not only will this keep the drain sweet smelling, but it will also help to keep it from getting clogged with crap.
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