This post is brought to you by all the shoes I wear without socks. You know socks are these wonderful inventions that help minimize foot odor. Then at some point, it became fashionable to wear shoes without socks. This can be problematic for about 99% of people. According to Men’s Journal, each foot can produce up to a pint of sweat a day. This is gross and can do unholy things to your shoes and over time it might be hard to get rid of the foot odor smell.
This post is also sponsored by my son’s smelly diapers. Many people go the “diaper genie” route, but I feel like it just concentrates the smell into one location. While we take out the garbage quite regularly, even that isn’t enough at times.
Cats also sponsored this post. The kitty litter box; the bane of every cat owner’s existence. Even if you have the most awesome cat ever, the litter box puts a definite damper on everything.
There are a number of smells that permeate our lives. I use a number of tactics to mask unpleasant odors. There is a candle warmer in my house, and I like it, but it doesn’t attack the root of the problem. I also feel self-conscious because I’m afraid someone will come over to my house and dislike the smell the candle is producing. People have strong feelings about the kind of smells they like. I’m also conscious of those people who who are allergic to perfumes or strong smells. (Really I shouldn’t worry about what other people think.)
Let’s jump right in here to one of the greatest diatomaceous earth uses out there.
- Why are cats better than babies? Because you only have to change a litter box once a day. (This joke is brought to you by Catnipsum.com.) But seriously, cleaning out the litter box frequently is one of the best ways to minimize odor. Occasionally take the litter out and clean the box with hot soapy water to rid the box of any permanent smells. Avoid using plastic liners since it inhibits your cat’s digging and if urine gets past the liner it becomes stuck between the box and the liner.
- Sometimes having a cover on your kitty litter can concentrate the smells in one place rather than letting it disperse in a wider area.
- Another bonus to using DE is it is highly absorbent. This way you can get more traction out of your kitty litter.
- When you change out the litter be sure to add DE. This way you’ll always have enough DE in the box to keep it deodorized.
- There are a few ways you can tackle a smelly pair of shoes. You can place DE directly in each shoe which is quite effective. If you want some sort of barrier between the shoe and the DE then place DE in a pair of nylons and cut it at the ankle. After pouring DE into the nylon, tie the top to prevent DE from coming out.
- Keep DE in your shoes for at least eight hours.
- After some time has passed, dump the DE out and use a paper towel or cloth to get any residual DE out.
- The indoor and outdoor garbage can benefit from this. While my indoor garbage is plagued with diapers, my outdoor garbage is completely fly ridden at times. This builds up gradually as spills start to coat the inside of the garbage. Before we can get our deodorizing on, we need to start cleaning. Wipe out your garbage can with hot soapy water. Depending on how tough the stains are you might want to have the garbage soak for a bit to make clean up easier.
- Once your garbage is cleaned out and dried, scoop a few handfuls to the bottom of your garbage depending on the size of the garbage.
- When you put an especially smelly item into the garbage (i.e. dirty diaper) you might want to consider tying it in its own plastic bag first. Sometimes I’ll add DE to the garbage itself if I know it might sit there for a few days and I’ve, for example, just cleaned out my fridge and now have rotting food in the garbage.
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