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DIY Poo Pourri, odor control in the bathroom (for those who flush)

 
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My wife has an incredible sense of smell (like a blood hound) and yes it can become annoying after awhile sharing the bathroom. I saw a novel odor removing product in a commercial online and thought to myself, "wow, this is better than sniffing a can of odor masking chemicals". After researching it further, I discovered all Poo Pourri is, is basically a mixture of essential oils in fancy packaging. At roughly $10 dollars per bottle in Amazon, I would rather make it myself.

Of course somebody else beat me on the idea already. I found a DIY website here with a working recipe. In my case I used tea tree oil because it was in arms reach but it works.

1 tsp rubbing alcohol: $.02 (At $2.29 per 16 oz bottle)
30-40 drops essential oils: around $.50 depending on oils used
water: Free. Sure, I pay my water bill every month, but it’s a set amount so my bill would be the same whether I make this spray or not.

Total Cost: About $.52 for a 3 oz bottle. Or $.17 per ounce.

 
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I'm curious whether this neutralizes or just masks a strong odor?? If just masks, does that work for someone who is very smell sensitive?

I prefer bathroom stink to that of dryer sheets, odor sprays and even many "perfumes". Maybe it is having read from many sources that such chemical smells usually include neurotoxins?

Lighting a match works for me re poo stink, but I also have read it does not actually neutralize the smell, just my receptors for a time. Still, for the very occasional super stink bomb I am happy for that odor relief, and at very little cost.
 
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Barbara Kochan wrote:I'm curious whether this neutralizes or just masks a strong odor?? If just masks, does that work for someone who is very smell sensitive?

I prefer bathroom stink to that of dryer sheets, odor sprays and even many "perfumes". Maybe it is having read from many sources that such chemical smells usually include neurotoxins?

Lighting a match works for me re poo stink, but I also have read it does not actually neutralize the smell, just my receptors for a time. Still, for the very occasional super stink bomb I am happy for that odor relief, and at very little cost.



What it does is form a very thin layer of oil over the water, creating a barrier, that holds the stink in the water, instead of letting it disipate into the air. I don't usually bother with it, at home, but it can be very handy, in someone else's home, for preventing embarrassment for both me and the host, while also allowing the next facility user to go in, immediately, sans gas mask. I'm not sure of negative effects on septic systems.
 
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One thing I have been using very successfully for toilet odor is "bokashi"spray. I buy liquid EM (Effective Microorganisms), mix it with water (1to9) and spray it in the air after business is done. Smells just dissappear instantly, I spread good bacteria over the toilet and it feels good to encourage good bacteria in the environment.
(I use bokashi spray all over as a cleaning agent, it gets rid of the smells, the floors, walls and the whole kitchen are made of wood so it is a plus in my home.)  
 
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