Archive for the ‘Odors’ Category
Okay – you didn’t listen and now you stink! No one wants to bother with you and they won’t even let you in the house!
Didn’t we tell you that the cute little black kitty with a white stripe on its head and back was NOT a kitty cat?
So now you have been rejected by society for wearing eau de parfum from Pepe le Pew, Inc. You can’t get the smell out of your nostrils, your clothes stink, your car stinks, your porch stinks, your dog stinks (SEE HOW TO GET RID OF THE SKUNK SMELL ON YOUR DOG) and you are miserable.
That spray from the skunk is a lethal combination of sulfurous chemical oils (methyl and butyl thiols) contained in their anal glands – it is their way of protecting themselves. They can spray up to 15 feet away or more covering their target and they can do this six times in succession. (How many times did you pet it?)
If near a skunk you need to be quiet and you need to behave and act gently – or else you will get sprayed. But I think you’ve learned that lesson – unfortunately. If you come across a skunk while walking, or walking your dog, stand perfectly still and remain quiet. Slowly move in the opposite direction allowing the skunk to get away so he doesn’t spray you.
So now to de-stink you and get rid of that horrible sickening smell.
I don’t know if you are going to want to walk into a store to get a commercial skunk off remover (which by the way works very, very well) after you’ve been “baptized” – so a home remedy may be best.
IMMEDIATELY wash all sprayed clothes, fabrics, people, and animals as soon as possible to make sure you DO get the skunk smell off! Sending the clothes to the dry cleaners is your best bet – but if you really want to tackle the job yourself – do not wash anything with the stinky clothing – wash them separate. And you may have to wash them several times to get the smell out. Instead of using your laundry detergent – combine this to wash the clothes in – 1 quart of white vinegar, a teaspoon of dish detergent and ¼ cup baking soda. Add white vinegar to your rinse water each time to kill the odor.
Combine a quart of hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup baking soda to make a thick paste; rub into your skin and bathe immediately.
Some have been successful using tomato juice. The acids in tomato juice will dissolve and counteract the oils in the skunk spray. Add a couple cans to your bath water. But then again – many have said that it does not work – you may have to be the judge of that. And don’t use tomato juice to launder your clothes unless you want them stained by the juice.
Tea tree oil will remove the sunk smell from your hair – use as a shampoo.
Combine a quart of white vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of dish detergent and bathe yourself hitting every part of your body. This will cut the skunk oils where soap and water do not.
You can also substitute a quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide for the white vinegar as stated above if you have to. Peroxide acts as a bleach and you don’t want it on your clothes or carpeting. If using peroxide you need to use it immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.
If you get sprayed in your eyes it will cause temporary blindness for about 15 minutes – flush your eyes with cool water as soon as possible.
NEVER store unused solutions!
If you have skunk odors in your home, you can buy Skunk-Off which is available in most stores. Febreeze is effective on furniture and carpets. Try spraying some Simple Green on fabrics and furniture.
For garages and porches – combine 1 part bleach with 9 parts water and scrub away.
He’s cute and lovable, he’s your faithful friend, he’s playful – maybe even mischievous at times – and he has just gone done dooed it! He chases the neighbors cat – and he just caught himself a skunk! And now he stinks, he’s wining, rendered totally helpless by the smelly skunk oils, and he’s coming to you for help.
You don’t want him to suffer and you don’t want to touch him – but you know you will have to. And the sooner you scrub him down, the better the chances of removing that horrible smell.
Skunk Off is a mild shampoo designed to eliminate skunk odor. Many vets will recommend it.
Another commercial product is Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover. It’s made from water and natural enzymes and will remove the skunk smell from your pet and can also clean up the couch after he retaliates from being bathed and rolls around in the dirt and comes back in.
One more is Earth Friendly Skunk Odor Remover which can be used on your pet and your furniture, carpeting, tiles – just about any surface that is not affected by water.
If your dog does get sprayed – not to sound cruel but – don’t let him in the house. That smell will permeate the air and everything in the house will carry that smell for a week or more. Your food will even begin to taste like skunk.
Check your dogs eyes – if they are red and irritated – rinse with cool water or use eye drops made of saline solution. If it is extreme, take a trip to the vet. Also – check your dog for any cuts or bites – the smell is minor compared to other things that can happen. Skunks carry rabies – any bleeding – get to the vet immediately.
You will need to wear rubber gloves so you don’t get the skunk oils and smell on yourself.
Some have scrubbed down Fido with tomato juice to remove the odors. You can also use a solution of 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide (or white vinegar) combined with ¼ to ½ cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of dish detergent. A few notes on this: do not store this solution because the ingredients create pressure and can burst; also – hydrogen peroxide is a bleach and can effect your dog’s coat making white vinegar a better choice.
Rinse off your dog with warm water, and with rubber gloves and a washcloth, rub the product or solution used into his coat concentrating on the areas that were directly sprayed. Be careful not to get anything in his eyes. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly; repeat the process. Follow-up with a nice doggie shampoo.
Remember – if Fido was directly sprayed in the face – immediately take him to a vet.
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Your washing machine is supposed to clean and deodorize dirty clothes but yet it can smell worse that dirty laundry. That smell is not one that you want lingering in your laundry room or in your basement. Masking it with aerosol sprays will only camouflage it for just so long and if you are sensitive to smells and odors, this can make your condition worse.
Anyone who owns a washing machine and has that horrid smell of mildew (or other terrible smell) understands just how unpleasant it can be. Purchasing a new washing machine will not guarantee it will be any better – that machine can also end up with that offending odor. You need to get rid of the smell and there are ways to prevent it.
The problem stems from poor drainage. As you know, standing water in a small closed area over a period of time will leave an unpleasant musty odor. It can also lead to mold and mildew problems which compounds the problem even more. In most cases, simply by draining the water and drying the area can prevent it.
Washing machines do not properly drain the water during the spin cycle and they leave excess water standing in the bottom of the washing machine tub.
What causes poor drainage?
Overloading the washing machine will prevent it from operating efficiently. The excess weight from the overload puts a strain on the machine – especially during the spin cycle – preventing the machine from spinning at the speed it should. If the washer cannot reach its optimal speed during the spin cycle, water is not completely drained from the drum of the machine and the water sits in the bottom of the washing machine. This can easily be remedied – just don’t stuff the laundry in the machine – make smaller loads. This will also clean and rinse your laundry better by allowing the machine to do its job effectively.
When clothes aren’t distributed evenly in the washer, the washer cannot reach its optimal spin speed and the excess water sits in the bottom of the washer. Always “shake” the items you are going to wash and place each item in the wash individually instead of grabbing a pile of dirty laundry and stuffing it in the machine. By placing each item in separately, your load will be evenly distributed in the drum. You may also want to stop your washer after the wash cycle water has drained out and before the rinse water begins. That will make sure your load is evenly distributed for rinsing and spinning the water out. It will also ensure your laundry being rinsed thoroughly.
Front loaders have tight seals on them to prevent water from leaking. After the wash cycle is complete, if you shut the door of the front loader, you are trapping the moisture inside. The residual moisture can cause the residual water to smell – especially if the machine is not used frequently.
A little preventative maintenance will prevent this odor problem.
- Just reduce the size of the loads of dirty laundry to allow the washer to work at its peak performance.
- Be sure to distribute the laundry evenly in the machine as well.
- Leave the door open on front loaders when not in use.
- Run an empty washer on the HOT cycle with a cup of white vinegar in it. That should remove the odors. If the odor problem is severe, try using a dishwashing product called Glisten.
- If purchasing a new washing machine, remember that the front loading washers are the ones that trap the moisture in the bottom and that the water doesn’t completely empty after the wash cycle is finished. You may want to stick with the top loading washing machines.
NOTE: If you are the type that leaves your washed laundry in the washer from time to time (overnight or before leaving for work – for instance) without removing it to either hang dry or place in the dryer – mold and mildew will begin to grow on your clothing!