Here I am, trying to make a feeble attempt at Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy’s Nose. I have like 5000 kids and 2500 animals that live in my house. Did I exaggerate? Uhm, well…have you ever lived with a bunch of teenage boys? Emotional girls? Choose to take in every broken animal that is dumped on your lawn? That is my life.
It is mine by choosing.
We live in a moderate home and it has 4 bedrooms. All bedrooms have carpet. That is not necessarily how I want it. Sadly, it is expensive to rip up and replace flooring. I mean, I have mouths to feed and debt to pay off!
One of my children struggles with memory. I don’t mean like puberty, just a kid, type of struggle. This is a brain anomaly caused by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). This child’s sole job is to take out the animals, bathe them, feed/water them, etc.
That has been reduced down because of some massive issues that we have had. So, now he just deals with our cats and dogs. The chickens are left up to another child. Sadly, he “forgets” to walk the dogs. So, they do what all animals do. Use the bathroom on the floor. Thankfully, in my places, we have laminate flooring. This is easy to clean up and mopping.
However, there are still the bedrooms.
In lieu of the inability to constantly remember to take the dogs out, I bought a carpet cleaner. I use it and abuse it. In fact, I have burned up several of these gems because I am hard on vacuums, mops, spray mops, and carpet cleaners.
My Lady made me a great concoction that I use to scrub the carpets (and said child scrubs the carpets). They may be stain-free (the majority of the time) but the odor (think litter box) can be unbearable.
Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy’s Nose
As added luck, I have a spouse who is UBER sensitive to any and all smells. He reminds me of being pregnant when I had sonic smelling for 9 mths. I mean, I could smell and armpit, piece of rotten fish, dirty socks, from 10 miles away. That is Big Daddy’s sniffer. Super-sensitive and annoying.
He can come home to a clean house, quiet kids, quiet animals, and supper cooking. The first thing he does is ask what that smell is. Seriously. I want to punch him in the nose when he says that. Just eliminate his sense of smell altogether.
My other mother has no sense of smell. That has nothing to do with this but there have been times I’ve had to sniff things in her fridge to see if they were bad LOL. I mean, she cannot smell a darn thing!
I have come up with some REALLY cleaner options and diffuser blends to help with that smell. Lots of little tricks that help save my husband’s nose (and my feelings). You must remember that cats do not need to come in close contact with the essential oils of any kind. Dogs, they are okay, but not cats.
We spread baking soda, litter, baking soda into the box. We have set the timer for every 2 hrs for it to be changed. Also, our box has a hood with cat filters. We change those out every 2 weeks. I put a litter catcher mat under the box. It is sprayed down with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and a splash of Dawn dishwashing liquid. I do add a couple of drops of Purify essential oil. We use this to clean the mat and the wall around the box.
I vacuum first. Then, I use an old parmesan container 1/2 full of baking soda. I add about 10 drops of Purify in it and then top the container off with more baking soda and another 10 drops. I shake that well. Then, I sprinkle it on carpets (I put the cat’s up). Let is set for 10 minutes and then vacuum again.
In the carpet cleaner, I fill up the base with water, vinegar, and Dawn. I also add Melaleuca, OnGuard, and/or Purify. Usually, about 20 drops because the base is pretty large. When we spot clean the stain (do that first), we just use water and dawn and scrub the crap out of it.
I have a spray mop. In it, I put hot water, a splash of vinegar, a splash of Dawn. Also, I add about 10 drops of one of the following oils. Melaleuca, OnGuard, or Purify. This helps disinfect, deodorize, and clean the area.
5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Melaleuca, 2 drops Lemon