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I just had my lab shelves re-painted. I forgot to tell our worker to use odor free paint so now I’m so stressed because of the bad smell. Sigh..
Anyway, i just look for ways to get rid or reduce the odor. Here are some of them:
Vanilla extract or Peppermint oil.
Add drops of pure vanilla extract or peppermint oil to cotton balls or in small bowls of water and set them out in the room.
If you are a caffeine addict, fresh coffee grounds put out in bowl around the room will mask mild paint odours.
Charcoal can be used to deodorize any powerful chemical odour. Lightly crush whole pieces of wood charcoal into small pieces and leave overnight in containers placed around the room.
Light a candle
Another way to get rid of solvent fumes is to light a candle and let it burn in the room for a few hours. The open flame will burn out the flammable substances in the solvent. Candles still pose a potential fire hazard so place the candle on top of a bowl or a saucer of water to catch any dripping, hot wax and keep young children out of the room while the candle is burning.
A bucket of water
If you don’t want to risk a fire by lighting a candle to burn off the fumes, you can simply place a few buckets of water around the room to absorb the solvent vapours. It is not as efficient as a candle, but is a safer option if you’re painting a room finished with or made with wood.
Cut large onions into quarters and set them out on plates throughout the room. The residual smell of onion will disappear much quicker than the smell of paint would have.
Place bowls of white distilled vinegar around the room to neutralize odours.
Place lemon slices in bowls all over the newly painted room for a day or two and throw them out later to remove any unpleasant paint smells.
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
If the room has a carpet in it, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda liberally all over the carpet and vacuum up in the morning. This is a two in one solution as your carpet will be freshened and deoderised at the same time as your freshly painted room.
Open all doors and windows for as long as possible during the day and night. Putting a fan in the room for this period will also hurry along the process of clearing up any lingering, unpleasant paint smells.
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Valentines Day is just around the corner and maybe you’re already thinking how to make this occasion really special.
Looking for ideas for a romantic and fun dinner at home either for several couples or for just two? Celebrity chef and TV personality, a Mexico native, Aaron Sánchez, suggests a “Delicioso Night In” complete with hot (meaning steamy) food and drink pairings.
Whether planning for one guest or several couples, let robust spices (think cloves, canela, cardamom and black pepper) help set the mood with the help of a standard frying pan. Toast the spices just to their smoking point, and the room will fill with an inviting–and delicious–bouquet.
Pairing Is Caring
When prepping for a perfect evening, pairings are a fun way to turn any meal into a special occasion and spice up the fun. Plan three courses and pair each with a small cocktail. A fun and easy way is to use one base spirit in three different ways.
Make It A Group Effort
Let your guests in the kitchen and encourage them to enjoy the tactile sensation of the food as it is prepared. Start the party early and enjoy cocktails as you cook.
Forget the Utensils
Feeding someone can be a loving, playful proposition (especially sans fork). In Mexico people love to entertain with botanas–small bites–that incorporate foods indigenous to the region like seafood and black beans. Reconnect with your partner over a selection of botanas like plantains, garnachas (a small fried masa topped with pork or chicken), mushrooms, or fresh cut fruit. Watch those teeth.
Remember to Relax
All you need for a romantic night at home is good food and good company. So remember to relax, have fun and don’t get too caught up with planning.