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Testing Enviro-Friendly Alternatives to Febreze

Pinky This is Pinky. Pinky is stinky. Pinky went camping with us this summer, and spent a lot of time sitting around the campfire, soaking up that smoky smell.

Pinky -- who is a raccoon -- gets to be a guinea pig. I'm going to try a few enviro-friendly alternatives to Febreze on Pinky.

  1. PH12.6 -- works as a deodorizer, but not recommended for silk or leather. Pinky is neither, so we're safe there.
  2. I've seen a few recommendations for a 50/50 mix of water and cheap vodka, but not really sure if vodka qualifies as a green cleaner. As it turns out, we have no vodka in the house. This option will not be tested.
  3. I've seen some recipes that use white vinegar and water, or with a little baking soda mixed in. Some also suggest liquid fabric softener, but we don't have any in the house, so this recipe will be very experimental.
  4. Then there's the tiny bottle of Febreze that I bought on a whim, a few years ago, and still haven't really used very much. It's just got an overpowering, flowery/chemical smell that I just can't stand.

Pinky will be spritzed on various parts of his corpus. I will report back on the test results and whether Pinky gets de-stinkied.

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