In a recent survey Americans rated household smells. 75% agreed that compared to pet waste, dirty diapers and dead flowers, trash can odors are by far, much more problematic.
Leading the list of stinky smells, as the very worst of all, are three sources of odors. These top three are:
· Spoiled food in the refrigerator
· After meal-time dinner garbage
Getting rid of these olfactory nuisances is just as easy to do as it is to create them in the first place. You can refresh your kitchen. It is an easy fix with just a few ingredients you already have on hand.
1. Vanilla extract
2. Baking soda
3. Odor Shield trash bags by Glad or Febreze
4. White Vinegar
5. Fresh coffee grounds
To renew the microwave oven, boil an inch of vanilla in a bowl. After it boils, leave it in the microwave overnight.
Your garbage disposal is easily cleaned by following these steps:
· Put the plug in the sink.
· Fill the sink with three inches of warm water and one handful of baking soda.
· Turn on the disposal and immediately pull the plug. The suction, together with the warm water and baking soda cleans out trapped food and sends it down the drain.
Trash can odors vanish when they are neutralized by Odor Shield or Febreze trash bags.
Before you put away the groceries, wipe out the refrigerator with a solution of half water and half white vinegar. This cleaning combats food odors and freshens the refrigerator for the newly placed foods.
A bowl of fresh coffee grounds placed in the refrigerator and also in the pantry helps to eliminate odors.
A few added cleaning suggestions I would add the above solutions are:
· Wipe down cabinet faces and appliances of the drips and fingerprints that are a natural part of good cooking.
· Clean cabinet door and drawer pulls and appliance handles.
· Clean out the trash can with a disinfecting solution.
· Sweep and steam clean or wet mop the kitchen floor.
· If the interior of the oven needs an overhaul, take a few moments to clean it.
Liberate your dishwasher of odors in these three steps:
· Clean around the rubber seal on the dishwasher door with a toothbrush dipped in warm, soapy water.
· Remove the bottom rack and wipe around the drain to remove bits of food that may have accumulated.
· Run the dishwasher through the hottest cycle with a cup of white vinegar on the top rack.
Finally, relax, enjoy your kitchen and cook up a storm!
Jane Hercules, MS Ed. is the author of this article. She has researched the varied locking mailbox options being advertised today. She is an educator who is concerned with the many reports of mail theft and subsequent identity theft all over our country today. Children are close to her heart and as a public school teacher and teacher of young children she is aware of a family's need for security.
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