Getting the Stink Out
My son got a pair of inexpensive emoji slippers for Christmas. I don’t know what those things were made of but let me tell you, after he wore them nearly non stop for a few days the aroma that came off them was terrifying. They were not well made enough to withstand the washing machine but he loved them. Here’s what I did:
Spoon 3 or 4 table spoons of baking soda into a coffee filter. Tie it up with an elastic to make a neat little packet that will not spill. Make two and stuff them into the toes of the offending footwear. Wrap footwear up in a plastic bag and toss it in the freezer for a min of 24 hours. No more smell!
Plastered with Pet Hair
We have a lovely queen sized wool blanket at the foot of our bed. The cat adored it and slept on it daily. It didn’t take long for this blanket to become covered in his fur. It’s not advisable to wash wool as it can felt and shrink and it was too large to wash gently by hand. Instead, I tossed it in the dryer with two damp hand size towels. When I removed the lint trap all the cat hair was locked in there and off of our blanket! Win! Repeat if required.
Cleaning decorative pillows
Decorative and seasonal pillows can be expensive to replace and most won’t hold up in the wash. To clean, spot wash any visible stains with a light solution of dish soap and water – blot dry. Then, add ¼ cup of baking soda to a plastic bag sized to accommodate the pillow. You’ll want it to be large enough so that you can tie the bag tightly closed. Place the pillow in the bag, tie and give it a good shake. Allow to sit for an hour or so. Dirt from body oils or pet dander will stick to the baking soda and loosen from the pillow. The baking soda will also deodorize. When you open the bag (easiest to do outdoors) shake as much soda off the pillow as possible before vacuuming the remainder away. The dirt and grime will go with it!