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       Volume I - November 30, 2007

"Something’s rotten in Denmark..."
or The Case of the Yucky Smell

by Alice Osborne

To remove the odor of bleach from your hands, rub dry mustard on them, and in a few minutes the mustard smell is gone, and with the bleach smell as well! Who’d of thought?

When storing “empty” canning jars for the next year, either fill them with water (now you have water storage) or place a few closed in them. Cover with either the used or new seal and ring and they’ll stay smelling sweet and clean.

Unpleasant odors may be removed from jars or other containers by filling them half full of cold water and add 1 Tbsp of dry mustard. Shake and let it stand 30 minutes before rinsing. Baking soda either added to the mustard or used alone also works wonders.

Finally, rather than fill your home with toxic chemical air fresheners, try this seasonably smart Martha Stewartish idea:

Cut the tops off one or two small-size pumpkins and clean out the insides, scrapping sides well to remove all fiber and seeds. With an apple corer, cut circles in pumpkin, at random or in a pattern. Rub pumpkin insides well with cinnamon and cloves. Place a beeswax votive candle inside each pumpkin, light them, and get ready for a lovely, natural aroma to fill your rooms.

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