Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Smell Ya Later

My Gram, who keeps a spotless house, once told me that the easiest way to fake a clean house is to make sure that it smells good.

And that all your guests wear blindfolds.

I kid, I kid. But really. Scent is one of our strongest senses and it effects all other senses. If you had a the tastiest cupcake imaginable in front of you and the whole room smells like dog shit, that cup cake would be far less appetizing than if the whole room smelled like cinnamon and vanilla, wouldn't it?

Having three dogs, a teenager with questionable personal habits and a husband means that my house doesn't always smell...let's call it fresh. Add to that a dog that gets violently, explosively ill when Plug In room fresheners are used and I'm left with either the Renuzit plastic gel pop-up thingies or candles to bring back the calming fresh scent that I crave. Only the Renuzit thingies are ugly and candles + dogs with tails = insurance claims.

So when I say these guys

at Walmart for $5.96 I decided to give it a shot.

I bought two scents, Cranberry-Mandarin and Lilac. The cranberry Mandarin smells amazing. Fresh and crisp. I put it in my office at work and every time I open my office door the scent wafts out. It's not over powering and unlike many room fresheners it doesn't give me a headache.

The lilac doesn't smell very lilac-y but it does smell lovely. I put that one in my bedroom. Maybe because the door is usually open and the room is fairly large, the scent isn't very noticeable. It could also just be the nature of that particular scent. Still, the room does smell nice. I would recommend for a large room that you get two though.

Cost: $5.96

Worth: $5.96

Verdict: I will definitely buy these again! Much cheaper than the Glade version (which cost about $9) and way, way cheaper than the fancy ones at the mall (upwards of $10) they deliver a nice, long lasting fragrance. The "food" scents that I normally prefer like vanilla and cinnamon seemed a bit chemically, but the orange and cranberry Mandarin are nice. Plus the bottle & reed look is way prettier than a gray plastic cone.

3 little kittens say Meow:

Bj in Dallas said...

About 15 minutes before my mom would get home, I would wipe Pine Sol on things through the house and she thought I had been cleaning all afternoon

I'll give the sticks a try, can't hurt to try to cover up the Sled Team Aromas.....

Lorrie Veasey said...

Here's a suggestion:

Nothing says "someone may have passed gas or pooed here" than a faux scent, imo

Mr. Crabgrass said...

not to be a dick, but we sell those exact. same. things. at my dollar tree, for, um, a dollar.