Smashed Peas and Carrots has the perfect solution for smelly spaces while staying safe.  The Baking Soda Air Freshener uses environmentally and family friendly ingredients that you may already have in your home!

 

Hoping to freshen up our flats, we grabbed our baking soda and got right to work!

 

Please click here to visit Smashed Peas and Carrots and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: Try a fun, inexpensive, and cute way of battling the aroma of my two doggie beasts in my home so I can stop investing in Glade products and diffusers.

 

Details:

The instructions for these little air freshening babies were very easy to follow, and the products to make them were easy to find.

  • I was super excited when I found my favorite Pier 1 fragrance, Island Orchard, was available in an oil.
  • I purchased some cute little mason jars (make sure the center of the top comes off) and filled them all with a ½ cup of baking soda. I added 8 drops of oil for the small rooms and 12 for the ones I wanted for larger rooms. It’s great that you can play with it, just add more if you want.

One great way to personalize these for each room is picking out different stock paper for the tops. I got the boys camouflage and they were thrilled. Poke some holes and put them on the top of the jar and secure the twist-lid. They’re ready!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I found that a pin hole was a little small for the amount of aroma I wanted. A wooden skewer worked excellent. Also, I find that poking the holes before cutting the circle out made it much easier.

Sheri - Jar 1

Pros:

So many! Quick, easy, inexpensive, and they work!

Cons:

Not a single one.

Sheri - Jar 2

Conclusion:

These really turned out fantastic, but more importantly, they work! Even my husband noticed when he walked through the door. I think they would also make a fabulous party favor. They really don’t take very much time to make and you can customize the top for any sort of party theme. I’ll be making more for friends and family, that’s for sure.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: To fight that new home smell!  That’s right, you heard me.  I am ready for our home to smell like home… we’re getting there, but it could use a little push.

 

Details:

I stuck to the rules with this one, but thought I’d share some specifics!  This project was incredibly easy.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Not Mixing..I found that the easiest way to mix the jars was to close the lid with the paper, shake up the baking soda and oil and then punch the holes with your pin.

Only one of the 4 oils that I tried didn’t want to mix up with the baking soda!  I just used a fork to break it up as much as I could.

I think that I ended up adding more than 8-12 drops.  My guess is that I was in the 20’s somewhere.

The Wyndmere oils were more potent than the Aveda Singular Notes, but I believe this to be due to the aromas that I chose.  I have learned from my employer that top notes evaporate more quickly then middle or base notes, and they are often the first to be smelled, but also the first to fade.  Tangerine and Bergamont are both top notes, so I think this is why the aroma was lighter.  Lavender and Rosemary, which were in the Wyndmere oils are both middle notes and those jars smelled much stronger and have lasted longer.

My perfume sample was the most potent, but I also dumped the entire tiny 1.5 ml vial into my baking soda.  This one is my favorite!  This is my favorite perfume, but I just can’t wear it anymore because I am so sensitive to smells.  I put it in my closet and it gives off just the perfect amount of fragrance; I love it!

The other jars have freshened our utility room, the pantry where I keep the stinky veggies (like onions), and the drawer where our trash can sits.  I placed the jar with the Wyndmere Naturals – Stress Relief Blend on my nightstand so I smell the soothing lavender and other calming aromas while I’m drifting off!

Maren - Jar 1

Pros:

I seriously love these.

Now I can take what I have learned (and remembered) about different aromas and make better choices when I make them again!

Cons:

I can’t think of any!  Even if you can’t really smell the essential oil, the baking soda is still working to neutralize odors.

Maren - Jar 2

Conclusion:

I am so glad that we tried this project.  Not to mention, I have been just waiting for a reason to pick up some of these cute jars!  I think that I’ll make a plain one for the fridge and maybe even for my car and keep it in the cup holder.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission:  Create an easy and inexpensive air refresher for the house/bathroom. Yes indeed!

 

Details:

  • I have cupcake liners a tulle coming out of my ears and thought I could incorporate both in this project. I decided to make 2 fresheners and use a cupcake liner for one and pretty scrapbook paper for the other.
  • I also work for a company that has afforded me a plethora of aromas options to choose from. I chose an Aveda Key Element in the Brilliant aroma (#5) that was perfect for the bathroom.
  • Also, the Mason jar that I used was a bit taller than what was used on the original post.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I would suggest using a thicker or sturdy piece of cardstock/paper to reinforce the lid. I used a piece of cardstock with the cupcake liner, as the liner is super thin and can tear.

I also used a lot of the aroma.  The recipe called for 6-12 drops, I used about 40.

Alicia - Jar 1

Pros:

All the options in cardstock/paper and aromas to choose from are endless.

Cons:

None – aside from using a lot of aroma.

Alicia - Jar 2

Conclusion:

This was an easy project and it turned out great! This would make a great house-warming gift. I plan on making a few more for my Mom and Mother-In-Law. The odor sprays that my parents use have got to go!

 
 

Reviewer #4 – Katie

Mission: Make your own air fresheners with baking soda and your favorite essential oils.

 

 

Details:

Gather supplies: mason type jar with lid, scrapbook/card stock paper of your choice, box of baking soda and your favorite essential oils!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I purchased warming oils because I wasn’t paying attention but they worked just as well as I would imagine essential oils would.

Katie - Jar 1

Pros:

Inexpensive, easy, customizable air fresheners

Cons:

NONE!

Katie - Jar 2
Conclusion:

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner! It’s so simple to put together, inexpensive and the fragrance possibilities are seemingly endless!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Rid my home (or at least the bathroom) of the smell of urine on the cheap!

 

 

Details:

  • I used the same sized Ball Mason Jars that were used in the original post by Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots.
  • I had some leftover craft paper from Christmas and since it happened to be Earth Month and all I went with the “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle” motto.
  • I didn’t have an upholstery needle on hand so I used a nut pick (I am certain that is not what it is called but I am going with it) to create holes in my paper.
  • For the aroma I used Peppermint because I have a deep love with all things mint (and I have little access to Pure Essences locally so I went with what I had on hand). I purchased mine at a local Health Food store but they can be purchased online as well. Try Amazon as they have so many options and often offer free shipping. Typically you are looking to spend around $10-$15 to get an Organic aroma. Not totally necessary but just happens to be what I used since I also use it in my laundry soap.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It was much easier to poke holes in the paper when it is already in the lid and the lid is on tightly. Also, when tracing your paper you can use the lid and then cut just slightly inside the line so it fits snuggly into the rim.

Amanda - Jar 1

Pros:

This could NOT be an easier project plus it is earth friendly and smells fabulous!

Cons:

None. I plan to put these all over my house.

Amanda - Jar 2

Conclusion:

This would make for a great gift basket item for new moms or even new home owners!

 
 

Air Freshener Conclusion


The super cute
Baking Soda Air Freshener and it’s photo by Smashed Peas and Carrots


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One Good Thing by Jillee has a recipe for her very own Homemade “Shout” Stain Remover that makes stains disappear before your very eyes!  Now that’s magic!

 

With homes full of kids and clumsy adults we had plenty of stains to test this potion on!

 

Please click here to visit One Good Thing by Jillee and see the instructions that we followed!

 

GROSS ALERT! 

This review has pictures that may make those who are more sensitive to gross stuff a little queasy. 

Consider yourself warned!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Create a super cheap yet effective stain fighter.

 

 

Details:

  • I used the same ingredients Jillee used and put it in a recycled Method spray bottle. I felt very granola in that moment and am still feeling proud about it now…I think this may have even made momma earth proud.
  • I also used a bottle of Shout as I wanted to have a good idea how effective this stain fighter really was but couldn’t be unprepared if it wasn’t…my kids are part animal. Stain fighter is as common as water in this house.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It definitely helps if the water is warm. I think it even helps fight stains better because I didn’t feel it was as effective after it had sat and was cold. Also, make sure you have a spray bottle that can handle the consistency. Sadly my Method bottle did stand up to the test and I ended up storing it in a jug that I pour from now.

Amanda - Shout 11

Pros:

Cheap, easy to make pretty effective.

Cons:

SUPER stinky. Maybe some kind of pure essence might help with that?

For testing purposes I decided not to stray from the original recipe.

Amanda - Shout 2

Conclusion:

I have been using this for some time now. I found that if I spray something right away and launder it within 24 I am fine. If the stain is really nasty I spray it and then soak in water before washing. Works like a charm.

 
 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I am always on the hunt for a good stain remover!  It is a miracle if I can make it to lunch without spilling on myself each day.

 

Details:

I tried to stick with the program, but I forgot about the damn Dawn Dish Soap!

  • Lemon Scented Ammonia.
  • I used Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dish Soap.
  • My stains of choice:  Blood.  Sorry.  It is cold and dry in this place where I live and my schnoz just couldn’t take it this year.  My other stain, “Maren‘s Tan.”  Yes, there is nothing in the world that stains worse than the concoction of products that it takes to make my freckled Scandinavian self look like I’ve been in the sun.  “Maren‘s Tan” is my special mixture of self tanner and bronzer that has made more than a few sets of my sheets look like an Umpa Lumpa rolled around in them.  ew.
  • I let both of the stains sit for a few days, okay fine, like a week.  I then let the stain remover sit for about 40 minutes before washing.

Tips & Tricks Learned

I tested the stain remover on column “B,” which I thought was pretty impressive prior to putting in the wash, then both columns looked pretty much the same.  I think it would have been an even better test to put them on different rags, and in separate loads from each other.  I am guessing that the stain remover got on column “A” in the wash.

In the future, I would apply the stain remover right away and even soak in warm water if needed.

Rub the stain remover into the stain a little before tossing into the wash to make sure that the mixture fully penetrates the stain.

Warm water is a must, especially since the baking soda is pretty thick.  I was a little worried that I would have a Science Fair volcano on my hands, but the pressure in the bottle was relieved as soon as I opened the nozzle and started spraying.

Maren - Shout 1

Pros:

It worked!  I think?

Cons:

Nothing can put up a fight to “Maren‘s Tan.”  Nothing.

Maren - Shout 2

Conclusion:

I think that this stain remover is worth another shot with the things that I learned the first time around in mind.  #1 being to apply to the stain right away!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: Try my hand at making a homemade cleaner!

 

Details:

  • Headed to the dollar store for a cute pink bottle and ammonia. I had baking soda on hand.
  • I don’t use stain remover too often so I decided to make half the concoction. I don’t have kids yet, so I assume in the future I will need to make it by the gallons!
  • GROSS ALERT: I had two stained items, a cotton shirt with a small oily salad dressing and a satin pillow case with [gross]…a  little blood from a nose bleed. I hope I don’t turn your stomachs, but that’s a stain that is sometimes difficult to remove!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Use a paper plate as a funnel for all of the items into the container. I didn’t follow instructions and just dumped everything into the bottle…worked fine, just shake it up!

When working on the cotton shirt, I noticed I would rub out the stain and it would appear on the back of the shirt. While it was easy to remove, I would put something between the two just so this doesn’t happen.

Kristy Shout 1

Pros:

Amazing!  It worked better than most stain removers and it was cheap and easy to make!  One good rub on the satin and good-bye nasty stain!!

The cotton t-shirt took more time as the stain seeped through to the back, but it worked! And it was quick!

Cons:

The remover bubbled quite a bit making the sprayer clogged.

I just poured the remover on instead of fighting the sprayer so you will notice my shirt looks like the Smurfs got ahold of it.

Kristy Shout 2

Conclusion:

Awesome, cheap and easy to make!  Now I can’t wait for more homemade cleaning solutions! I am thinking since I have ammonia, I should try my hand at window cleaner! All right crafty peeps, bring on the cleaners!

 

Shout Conclusion

 

The lovely Homemade “Shout” Stain Remover and it’s photo by One Good Thing by Jillee


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