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02/14/2013

Fish and Chips Shop

The new smell of clean or fish and chip shop?

 OK. So I don't hang out in fish and chip shops that often. In fact, to be honest, I've only ever been in one once before, but I imagine this is what they smell like. (minus the fishy smell). I'm talking about the pungent scent of vinegar.

 If you use home cleaners, you're going to become very familiar with vinegar's sharp smell. That's for sure.  Vinegar is the superstar in the DIY cleaner lineup. It's in practically every recipe because it works, but it also smells.  The good news? It doesn't smell for long.  Really. I think the smell fades faster than the smell of bleach, and vinegar is oh so much safer for you, your family, your pets and your indoor air quality. (Do not use if you have granite countertops though! Vinegar can damage granite. Try this alcohol-based spray instead).  

 If you still can't wrap your nose around the vinegar smell, there is an easy fix.  You can add some lemon juice, like the recipe in this week's "What Can Davis Save Us?" DIY cleaner story, or add an essential oil like lilac or eucalyptus.  Another super-easy way is to throw some orange peels or lemon peels in a glass jar and fill it up with your vinegar, let it sit for a couple of days and magically, the vinegar smell is gone. 

 We featured two of the more popular DIY cleaners in the newscast, but there are tons of recipes out there.  You can make your own disinfectant wipes, glass and window cleaner, dish-washing detergent, shower cleaner, bathroom cleaner. The list really does go on and on.

 Here are a few of my favorites.  The best part? A few of these blogs even provide links to print your own labels! I love labels!  It just makes your cleaners look so nice and organized, plus it guarantees you won't use your toilet cleaner on your counter top or vice-versa. 

 http://www.knewlywifed.com/search?q=cleaners

http://amybayliss.com/17-days-of-natural-cleaning/

 I've been using DIY cleaners for several months now, and I have to say I've grown used to the scent, and I actually kind of like it.  Makes me think of french fries, and that could be a whole new problem.

 

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