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From: bridesmom
Date: 02-20-2006, 12:54 AM (1 of 6)
My DH's buddy from back east came to visit. He is a sweetie, but very absentminded (bachelor) and he put some bread in the toaster which jammed in it, went downstairs and forgot about it... well, the smoke alarm went off because the toast was totally burnt black right through and there was smoke everywhere. (We weren't home at the time) The smell is gone from the rest of the house but when you walk into the kitchen beside the toaster it smells like someone has been smoking cigarettes and when you open up the upper cupboard, it reeks like someone's been chainsmoking in there. I have scrubbed under the upper cupboard where the toaster is, scrubbed the wall, the back of the wall and I still can't get the burned smell out. Any ideas to get the smell out???? I've tried Fantastik, febreeze, another spray deodarizer, soap. I'm stumped and I need HELP! I don't want to paint again either!
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User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
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From: debsews
Date: 02-20-2006, 09:12 AM (2 of 6)
What about a paste of baking soda to wash it down? I don't know if that will work but it works for other odors. Maybe crumple up newspapers in the cupboard for a few days - changing them everyday as they absorb the odors. That works on old suitcases. Also an open can of coffee will absorb odors. These are just suggestions as I've never had this problem but it works on other things. Worth a try I guess.
User: debsews
Member since: 09-16-2005
Total posts: 254
From: beachgirl
Date: 02-20-2006, 11:50 AM (3 of 6)
Try some charcoal in the cabinet also a small container of white vinegar might work. I haven't had that problem either but those 2 things work on some smells. An aunt of mine used to set out a small custard cup with some white vinegar when someone went to her home that smoked. It worked. I know charcoal or fresh coffee works in a drawer that has a musty oder. Also anytime we moved to another state we put fresh coffee in a tulle bag & set it inside the fridge. Suitcases when stored also. Good luck.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
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From: DragonLady
Date: 02-20-2006, 02:19 PM (4 of 6)
I think charcoal is the best bet. Especially if you have some of the "activated" kind they use for fish tanks -it binds with everything. A half of an onion will also absorb a lot of odors.
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User: DragonLady
Member since: 11-10-2004
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From: luv2sew
Date: 02-20-2006, 03:22 PM (5 of 6)
There was a segment on TV where they recommended using kitty litter as a deodorizer, placing some in a dish in the affected area......??? may work.
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User: luv2sew
Member since: 05-21-2004
Total posts: 174
From: bridesmom
Date: 02-21-2006, 11:52 PM (6 of 6)
Thanks for all the great tips! I will start trying a few things tomorrow. Poor DH, that's the cupboard he keeps his popcorn in and it stinks!
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User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
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