From me to all of you. It ‘s been a while since I’ve posted and I know you all expect LIBERTY from me, and I’m still there, deep in that indulgent state of freedom that those who have died for it would expect from me. But for now, just call me the homeschooling Martha Stewart of Liberty. Today my post happens to be about those nasty stubborn furniture smells.
I never knew why the concept of “from a smoke-free home” meant anything until day before yesterday. We bought a loft bed/desk off of Craig’s List for my son and had no idea until we had it home and assembled, that it REEKED.
Unbelievable. Every time I walked past my seven-year-old’s room, it smelled like those dank, face-mask-inducing, wrenched-away-from-hoarder houses that my husband and I rehabbed ten years ago before the housing bust. It’s a combination of cat pee, roach excrement, cigarette smoke, and depression that pervades deep into the sheet rock. How do you get rid of the smell? Do you just put it back on Craigslist and pawn it off on the next guy?
Here is the answer: a cotton ball and essential oils. Specifically – lemon, orange, and patchouli oils. Yeehaw! I found it! Wood loves oil – lemon, etc. So go for it!
I had burned incense and sage, all the time thinking – how is smoke going to cure smoke? I had squirted Febreeze (gag) in all the drawers. I had wiped the entire massive piece of furniture with disinfectant. Nothing helped. Not until I pulled the lint out of my dryer, rolled it into a ball, and decided to drop 4 drops of lemon, 4 drops of orange, and 3 drops of patchouli on it. I wiped down the inside of every drawer, frequently adding more oil. Now, every time I walk past my son’s room it smells like goddess fairy heaven.
I didn’t want to keep him awake all night, considering all of these oils have stimulating qualities, so tomorrow I will continue the mission. I will take these same oils and anoint the entire outside of the behemoth.
Soon to come: how to make changing a bunk bed a breeze. (I’ve got it figured out!)
Mwah! I love everyone, that includes you!