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Clearing out the Stink

  • , by Trudy Chuoke Trudy Chuoke

I think the beginning of the year seems right to talk about things that stink.  Maybe you had company during Christmas and New Years, and you might have some cooking odors that are lingering.  Maybe you had your fireplace going and the smell of wood might still be in the air.  Or did you buy your grandchild a “new to them” car and the previous owner was a smoker?  Whatever that annoying odor is in your home, for the next two articles, we are going to address the answer.

 When you are in the kitchen do you smell a slight odor and your nose finally brings you to the sink or disposal?  There are several products to stop the smell, and one of them is Instant Power Disposal and Drain Cleaner.  As in most safe drain cleaners this product cleans with enzymes.  Over a period of time soap, grease, food and other materials will cling to the inside of your drainpipes.  Instant Power contains billions of enzyme-producing organisms that digest and break up these materials.  Pour in a measured amount into your disposal.  Turn on the disposal, let it run for a few minutes.  Now put in the stopper and let it sit overnight.  The next morning the drain will smell like an orange grove. 

 Another cleaner is called Glisten Garbage Disposer Cleaner.  This is a bleach alternative, foaming cleaner.  This cleaner is designed to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal and the sink drain attached.  This powerful formula reaches deep to scrub away the toughest grunge and odor causing buildup from both pipes.  The directions are a little different than the previous cleaner.  Run a strong stream of hot water into the sink side for one minute and then reduce the stream to a pencil width trickle.  Put a cleaning packet in the disposal and turn on the disposal.  Blue cleaning foam will come up on both sides of the sink.  The foam will retreat and then you can rinse the blue foam from both sides of the sink.

 But you can clean without chemicals.  Danco makes a Garbage Disposal Brush.  This still bristle brush includes a splash guard.  You just insert the brush down into the disposal (it’s OFF) and start scrubbing from side to side  and up and down.  Then apply dishwashing liquid into the well of the splashguard on the brush.  Now clean again.  Remove the brush, run hot water, and turn on the disposal for a few minutes.  

 What about general odors?   Bio Zapp General Odor Remover is a water clear formula that will neutralize odors in fabric and upholstery, concrete, carpet, and wood floors.  It is especially good for pet odors in carpet.  Do you wonder why your pets keep going back to the same spot to mark it?  You clean and you can’t smell the odor but they can and they will go back and mark the clean spot all over again.  So this time, clean the area and spray with Bio Zapp.  You know when I bought my home the previous owner was a smoker.  I had never been around a smoker and when we pulled up the flooring to replace it with laminate, we had to treat the concrete foundation with Bio Zapp.  If I had just had the contractor lay the flooring, I would have been able to smell that smoke smell forever. 

 There is another product that really works well with Bio Zapp.  The product is Air Sponge.  It comes in a ½-, one-, and four-pound container.  Air Sponge works like Bio Zapp as it is an odor neutralizer.  An Air Sponge works well on smoke odors, cooking odors, mustiness, and pet odors.  And it’s so simple to use, just lift the lid on the Air Sponge container and put it on the countertop or tabletop.  It will immediately start to rid the air of odor.  These products both interact with odor molecules.  The odor neutralizer molecules go up into the air and capture the odor molecules and pollutants, and this combination creates a fresh healthy air environment.  

An Air Sponge works well on used cars.  Put an Air Sponge under the seat and a clean air smell will fill the car. 

 Ok, this is part one – next week, we are dig deeper and talk about some difficult odors to remove. Stay tuned!   


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