When we were moving back in the summer, KT was cleaning out the fridge and threw out the Arm and Hammer baking soda specially boxed to absorb odor. You know, something that looks like this (sitting behind and to the left of the gatorade in this person’s fridge).
Since we have been collecting empty jars, KT had the brilliant idea to make our own odor absorber instead of paying three to four dollars for each box of Arm & Hammer Odor Absorber. Yes, I realized now that it was not a novel idea in the DIY community but it was definitely a novel idea in our home. = )
So finally last weekend, I kicked it into high gear. I had bought a huge bucket of baking soda from Smart & Final for cleaning purposes, and recently I used it for cooking too. Love the multiple uses of baking soda.
Here’s what we need: Empty Jars, baking soda, tissue paper or coffee filters, rubber bands, needle or pin, ribbon, and tape.
STEP TWO Fill the jar half way full with baking soda. Optional – add a few drops of essential oil of your preferred scent.
STEP THREE Cut a piece of tissue paper or use coffee filter to cover the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber band.
I had a glass coaster hanging around, so I grabbed it and traced it over my tissue paper to cut a better shape to cover my jar.
STEP FOUR Add a decorative ribbon over the rubber band and secure it with tape (or glue).
STEP FIVE Use a needle or pin to punch holes in the tissue paper so it can breathe.
The tissue paper should be porous enough but some holes would only help.
Here are a few completed jars.
For shoes and any other nooks and crannies:
STEP ONE Put one table spoon of baking soda in a coffee filter and tie it with a ribbon.
We don’t need our coffee filters anymore, now that we got ourselves a cool Keurig (tell you more about it later), so I’m glad to have found a new use for them. =)
STEP TWO Place these pouches of baking soda in shoes, shoe boxes, shoe benches, or hang them inside the car.
Oh btw, the tin bucket, with all the pouches in it, is from target for $2.50! I haven’t found a permanent use for it yet but so far, it’s been handy.