Clean Week: Stuff That Stinks

We’ve found ourselves here all too often. We wake up in the morning and shuffle bleary eyed out to the kitchen toward the coffee maker and then it hits us. The dreaded, “what is that?!” A quick lap around the kitchen … trash is taken out, musty washrags are tossed in the washer, but still we wander around searching for the stink. Sometimes it’s been the dishwasher. Sometimes the trash can. Other times it’s harder to pinpoint.

In fact, a few weeks ago Em could not figure out what the musty, mildew smell was coming from her master bathroom. She scrubbed, she cleaned, she steamed the shower walls even, but the stench remained. Finally she found it. The bath towels. And so we took to the internet for the best remedies to things that just flat out get stinky. The answer was almost always … white vinegar.

Stinky Towels – Run your towels on hot with one cup of white vinegar. Towels will come out fresh, fluffy and stink-free. Bonus – this will also “destink” your washer at the same time. We were a bit worried the mildewy smell would be replaced by that tangy smell of vinegar, but that wasn’t the case! They came out smelling and feeling brand new.

Stinky Dishwasher – Before running an empty dishwasher on heavy duty setting, remove, clean and rinse the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher. Replace filter, pour a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of your dishwasher then set it and forget it.  Voila! No more sour dishwasher.

Disposal Drain – vinegar and baking soda will fizz the funk right out of your sink. Grab an old toothbrush to scrub around the edges and finish with a couple citrus peels to freshen it up a bit.

Coffee Maker – dip filter insert in vinegar and rinse thoroughly. Replace, then run a whole pot, equal parts white vinegar and water through coffee maker. Run again with only water. Repeat with only water until vinegar smell is gone. **If you own a Keurig – please consult your owners manual for the best way to clean your machine.

Dog Bed – We both have yellow labs. 75+ pounds of love and fun and stray hairs … but that also means they put off a 75+ pound stink, their bed, specifically. First off – wash that smelly mutt. Secondly, wash the bed or the zip off cover if possible. Then sprinkle with baking soda. Let the baking soda sit while you take your pup for a long walk and vacuum the bed when you get home. No more stink! (until your next trip to the dog park of course.)

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