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Get the Stink Out

The last time we made fish tacos, a nasty fish smell lingered in our house for DAYS.  I would start to think it was gone, but then I’d leave the house and come back and it would slap me in the face as soon as I opened the door.  We tried everything to get rid of the smell.  Candles.  Leaving windows open in 40 degree weather.  Spraying store-bought air-fresheners.  Running my EO diffuser.  Nothing seemed to get the job done.  So I thought maybe, instead of masking the smell with chemicals, what if there was a way to actually eliminate it at the molecular level…?

I scoured the internet … well, actually, I went straight to Pinterest, let’s be honest.  And I found a great recipe for a natural odor eliminator using ingredients I already had on hand — Bonus!  I didn’t even need to go to the store!  I found the original recipe here, but I made a few modifications to mine because I needed heavy-duty, extra-strength, fish-fighting power.

What I made, surprised me.  It was pleasant smelling (although it did smell slightly like a health-food store, but you kind of expect that when working with essential oils).

I have made some combinations, that while they were effective in theory because of each of the oils’ special powers, so to speak, they should never have been combined because they STINK when mixed…  Bug repellant is all I need to say about that.  It was also people repellant…  But that’s a post for another day.

The homemade FABreeze as I’m calling it because it’s fabulous and chemical-free, works wonderfully.  The fish smell dissipated, and I spent no money!  Win-win-win!

Here is what I made:  (again, original recipe is here)

  • 1 brown bottle with spray top (I had a smaller bottle on hand, maybe 4oz? idk)
  • 1 part witch hazel (relative to the size of the bottle)
  • 1 part distilled water (relative to the size of the bottle)
  • 20 drops of my own version of “Purify” (which is combined in a 10ml brown bottle: 36 drops lemon, 31 drops rosemary, 30 drops tea-tree, 30 drops lavender)
  • Then I added in extra for extra strength:
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops tea tree
  • 3 drops lemongrass

I’d recommend playing around with the ratios depending on the amount you are making.  I made mine suited to the size of the bottle I had on hand.  Obviously, if you’re using a larger bottle, you may or may not need more essential oils … depending on the desired strength also.  The original recipe called for 20 drops of purify in a 16oz spray bottle.  So my version is definitely more potent, but I had to kill a dead fish, so you do what you gotta do. LOL

What method have you found effective for getting the stink out of your house?  Let me know in the comments below!

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