We've spent the week emptying grandmothers hse post funeral, interesting peeling back the decades of family history as we went along. photographs, kids drawings, cards and presents etc was a very emotionally charged week and a fitting finale.
my Auntie gave us the new 3 piece leather suite from the front parlour - yes they still exist lol
Grandmother was a smoker and even though no smoking allowed in the front room there was still a faint taint to the seats. didn't really pay much attention until the first morning after putting them in the lounge. When i came down stair and opened the door to the room i was hit by this smell.... being a non smoker and in fitness industry i guess would notice a little more.
I used several things we had at hand to clean said furnature to no avail...i wandered around local pound store and found for 99p a bottle of spray on leather protect... this did a great job of cleaning but still returning to same result and the odour remained. The OTH was about to go buy an upholstery cleaning kit £35!!!
Last night decided to add 20 or 30 drops of citronella absolute oil ( from my box of oils from the clinic) into it and gave a shake, sprayed and left over night. I figured that even though its an over powering scented oil, which i used to clean the hutches and areas surrounding the animals to prevent flies and to neutralise the smells it would at least leave a better scent on the chairs
This morning what an awsome result... the stale smell has been almost removed and the air has a citrus zesty twang to it... a second dose tonight and think ill have cracked it. i have now speedily sprayed the dogs beds and front bay window... awesome stale puppy smell has vanished. im like a kid with new toy lmao hunting down all dull and stale corners of the house now ---- no flies on me well not the areas Ive cleaned any who. And only cost 99p plus a few shakes of oil.Job done!
White vinegar also neutraises smells and I put it in the final rinse instead of softener. Mind you lemon oil does sound nicerGlad the house clearing went well, it took my Dad three years to sort out my Gran's house partly because she was a hoarder and partly because my Dad couldn't face it.
I have mentioned before (I think) that my sister is a costume designer for a college. Her trick for odor removal is equal parts vodka to water in a spray bottle. It doesn't harm most fabrics (test first, of course) and if you get a really cheap vodka ends up going a long way.
And if it doesn't work on your odor, well, drink the rest of it I guess!
If you can't be a shining example, be a terrible warning!
Joanna - not so sure that ordinary white vinegar could achieve the same result, but happy to be proven wrong,
Danny - If vinegar can deal with my hubby's cycling gear without leaving sweaty smells it has to be good
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