Stinky yucky stuff. Sooner or later, you have something in your home you need to deal with. I will give you a break by not listing the obvious. For me, lately, it's involved my move to my little 1946-era house and stressed cats.
Quick fix #1 -- stinky closets
The house I bought was built in 1946 and was nicely renovated in 2007. But it had two stinky closets. For some reason these two closets -- a pantry and a linen closet -- had that stinky old-house smell. In the old days I would have doused them with chemicals and they still would smell bad.
So here's what I did: I dripped about 6 drops of Cleansing Blend around the bottom of each closet three days ago. The next day I did Peppermint. The next day I did Rosemary. Guess what? They smell great now! No "old musty house" smell at all!
I will refresh at times as needed with Lavender in the linen closet and Peppermint in the pantry.
Note: The bottoms of the closets are painted plywood which I wasn't worried about the oils messing up. In fact, I wanted the oils to soak in if they would. If you are concerned about the finish, you could place oils into a glass bowl and set inside the closet or onto cotton balls.
Another great idea -- leave your empty essential oil bottles in drawers and cabinets. Enough of the scent will be left to leave a nice aroma in these confined places.
Quick fix #2 -- Stinky cats
My house came with two feral cats who like to hang out in my front yard, which triggers territorial spraying in my normally well-behaved neutered male cat, Ricky. What is "spraying"? It's a small amount of powerfully scented urine, usually sprayed on vertical surfaces. That's a clinical way of saying, "Good God, I'm moving to Alaska to get away from that awful smell!".
He's only done it once, but once is enough.
I had to come up with a one-two punch. So I made two room sprays. One: to kill the smell. Two: to calm the cat.
Here's how to make a DIY Room Spray
Basic recipe -- you'll need:
Kill the smell spray -- I simply used Purify Cleansing Blend as the oil in the above recipe. I sprayed it all over the room, including the lower walls and window sills. It did this three times over the course of a couple of hours. Poof - bad smell gone!
Calming Mist -- I used Lavender as the essential oil in the recipe and sprayed it all over the room.
I also put one drop of Lavender in my hand plus about 10 drops of FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil) and rubbed it on Ricky's back to provide calming comfort.
So far, so good -- he hasn't sprayed in several days! Success!
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