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air fresheners

Most commercial air fresheners do not “freshen” the air at all. Instead, they mask one odor with another, coat your nasal passages with an undetectable oil film, or diminish your sense of smell with a nerve-deadening agent. If the air freshener is an aerosol and empty, see Curbside Recycling.  For other disposal options see Proper Disposal below.

PREVENTION
Eliminate. Locate the source of the odor problem and take corrective action.
Repair. Repair structure to correct moisture problems. Add vents, vapor barriers, detour water drainage away from structure, etc.
Ventilate. Open windows or doors in the house for at least a short period every day. This will also help to reduce toxic fumes that may be building up indoors.

ALTERNATIVES. For a safer alternative, you may wish to try one of the following.

ALL PURPOSE AIR FRESHENERS.
Cinnamon and Cloves. Boil these spices for a fragrant smell. For ease of cleaning, make a cheesecloth bag to contain these spices, and boil the cheesecloth bag. An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider.
Orange, lemon, or lime, and cloves, orris root powder, and ground cinnamon. Make a citrus pomander by inserting cloves into the citrus fruit. If the skin is too tough, make small holes with a toothpick first. When the entire fruit is covered with cloves, roll in a mixture of 1/2 teaspoons orris root powder and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Wrap in tissue and store in a drawer, cabinet, or closet.
Potpourri. Buy or make your own potpourri from your favorite herbs and spices. Place the potpourri in a small basket or jar or in small sachet bags.

CARPET ODORS
Baking Soda. Make certain that the carpet is dry, sprinkle baking soda liberally over the entire carpet. Wait at least 1 hour, or overnight if the odor is particularly bad, before vacuuming.
Borax and cornmeal. Sprinkle the carpet with a mixture of 1 cup Borax and 2 cups cornmeal. Let this mixture stand for an hour before vacuuming.
Vinegar. Distribute partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room or boil 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odors.

KITCHEN AND FOOD ODORS
Baking Soda. Place a partially filled saucer of baking soda on the refrigerator shelf. Replace every two months and when you do, pour the contents of the used box down the drain to remove odors and keep the drain clean. Baking soda can also be used to deodorize bottles by filling them with undiluted baking soda and allowing the bottles to soak overnight. Then wash as usual.
Borax. Empty the garbage frequently and clean the can as needed. To inhibit growth of odor- producing molds and bacteria, sprinkle 1/2 cup borax in the bottom of the garbage can.
Lemon or Lime. Rub a cut lemon or lime on the cutting board to get rid of onion, garlic or fish odors.
Salt. Rubbing salt into a wooden cutting board will eliminate odors as well as lift stains.
Vanilla. Place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer. Place the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odors. Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children; vanilla has a high alcohol content.
Vinegar or Celery Stalk. To avoid or remove onion odors from your hands, rub white vinegar on your hands before and after slicing. Rubbing hands with the end of a celery stalk will also
remove the odor.

Proper Disposal

Dispose of as Solid Waste - For those materials that are not reusable or contain a hazardous material (e.g., petroleum product), place them into your garbage container.

Free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal - For those materials that contain a hazardous material, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection programs, if you are a resident of Clark County or one of its cities. Business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Home Collection - Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to see if they qualify for a free home pick up.

Fixed Collection Facilities
Central Transfer and Recycling Center - Brush Prairie
West Van Materials Recovery Center - Vancouver
Washougal Transfer Station - Washougal

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