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10:00 AM - 02/23/2010

The topic: I try so hard to get rid of the smell

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I even have a stack of those white shop towels I use for cleaning the floors and counters where the cats have peed.  I use a couple every day or so, more if the situation calls for it.  I use Nature’s Miracle.  I keep on top of the litterboxes.

Yet, sometimes when we walk into the house, the smell is overpowering (to me, anyway) and I just get so discouraged. 

Yesterday I cleaned. Washed the sofa and futon covers and the towels I have draped over the front of the armrests.  I cleaned the floors of urine, pulled out the cedar chest and washed under that (seems I’m doing that a couple of times a day now, since I realized that the pee was going under it).  I thought I’d done a good job.

We went to dinner with Brian’s family last night and when we got home and walked into the house, I almost wanted to cry.  It smelled. All the work I’d done and it smelled.  I walked into the laundry room and it hit my like a ton of bricks.

You know those white shop towels I use for cleaning the cat urine? When I’m done with them, I put them in a laundry basket in the laundry room.  And sometimes, they’re still damp. 

Guess where the smell was coming from?  Yep.  My cleaning towels.  Damn. I just don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m not going to wash them until I’ve got enough to make it worth running the washing machine.  I’m thinking about a different storage idea.  I put them in the wash last night (there were only about eight of them).  Before we went on our walk this morning, I put those clean towels in the dryer and put the micro-fiber wash towels in the washer and got those started.

And when we walked in the door from our walk?  No smell.  None.

*sigh*



When I had cloth diaper service for a year, the company gave me a diaper pail that was basically a kitchen trash can with a snug lid. The plastic absorbed the odor inside, so opening the can was nasty, but when the can was closed no odor escaped.

Posted by Donna C. @ Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 1:11:17 PM


Yup, a diaper pail or something similar would work great. As Donna C (hi!) said the smell when you open in is rather pungent and the pail itself would need to be washed (baking soda works great) out once in awhile.

Posted by Donna @ Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 4:10:02 PM

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