Post # 1
A few weeks back I bought a “pecan brownie” wax melt. When I sniffed it in the store, it smelled deliciously of chocolate baked goods & at $2.00 I figured why not. I mean, who doesn’t want their house to smell like brownies?! I got it home, put it in the wax burner & awaited the heavenly aroma… Soon after, I realized it didn’t exactly smell like chocolate. It didn’t exactly smell like brownies either, pecan or otherwise. In fact, it smelled more like a thousand IHOPS had exploded all at once, right in my living room. Maple. Pungent, sickening maple. I am not a fan. I turned it off, & left the wax to cool & harden in the dish, with intentions to remove it later. Well “later” turned into a few days, and finally after being greeted by the smell of maple one too many times after coming home, I threw out the entire package of wax melts, thoroughly cleaned the dish & figured that would be the end of it. Little did I know, almost 2 weeks later the scent would remain. Every time I walk in my house it’s there, haunting me. It reminds me of old bacon grease or something. It’s absolutely disgusting & makes me want to puke. I’ve tried everything. I’ve mopped the floors, thinking maybe I had spilled some wax somewhere. I’ve dusted. I’ve sprayed air freshener & burned OTHER wax melts which are much more pleasant, but STILL, the maple remains!!!! What in the WORLD can I do to get rid of it?! I’m thinking that the oil in the wax melt somehow got diffused into the air & then settled on nearby furniture, etc. That’s the only theory I can come up with. I’ve burned CINNAMON wax melts for 2 nights in a row but you can’t smell those when you walk in the next day. Just nasty maple. It seems to have diminished slightly in the past week or so, but it’s still here. I want it gone!
Post # 2
Is it warm enough to open windows? Fresh spring air might do some good!
Post # 3
okqueenbee: Have you ever tried this? http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/11/crockpot-as-air-freshener-odor.html
I used it once for kitchen stuff when we first moved in and it seemed to work pretty well.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY
Maybe Febreeze would help?
Post # 5
Opening the windows is a great idea. Another thing I might suggest is getting a really good candle in a stronger/different scent from the “food type” scents. When my husband and I first moved in together, the apartment we ended up going with had kind of a strange (not necessarily bad) smell to it. So, I bought a Lemon Lavender Yankee candle and let it burn for several hours; I think the herbal smell was strong enough and helped a lot.
Post # 6
have you tried leaving some open baking soda out? that’s great for getting the smell out of things! Try putting a bowl of it out here and there
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice, bees. Luckily the smell is much more subtle than it was.. It just needed time to weaken I guess. I’ll just keep using the pumpkin wax melt & it should be fine now.
Post # 8
I’m not fond of the smell of maple, and I find that even the most subtle smell of it is strong to me. There have been times when someone has something maple smelling at the office, and I find the smell stays with me ALL day. I’m glad to hear it’s starting to die down!
Post # 9
Whenever we make fish at home it seems to really stink up the house.
So to get rid of the smell, in a saucepan, I boil a mixture of 1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar, a few orange slices, and a cinnamon stick. Makes the house smell lovely and eats away the fishy smell!
You can use just the water and vinegar if you’d like, works just as good to kill the nasty smell. But adding some citrus, vanilla, cinnamon stick, rosemary sprigs, or other herbs will make it smell even better.