Use com­mon scents

The Star Democrat - - COMICS & PUZZLES - MARY HUNT

I have some­thing very cool to share with you to­day. But first, a story about my friend Herta. It’s been quite a few years since she and Al came to visit.

In their gra­ciously kind man­ner, they brought gifts.

The name on the bot­tle left me stut­ter­ing: Poo-Pourri Be­fore-YouGo Toi­let

Spray.

I have to ad­mit that I couldn’t wait to try it, and

I did. You know what?

It re­ally worked. The prod­uct is oily. When you spray Poo-Pourri into the toi­let (be­fore ... not dur­ing or af­ter), it sits on the sur­face of the water and cre­ates a kind of sealant against, well ... let’s just say it: fumes. It traps the odors, send­ing them down the drain, not out into the room.

I see Poo-Pourri in the finest pow­der rooms (my friends know who they are). Not long ago, I no­ticed a dis­creet sup­ply of Poo-Pourri in the ladies’ room at church. At $5 for 1 ounce, that works out to $640 per gal­lon. You can make it your­self for a whole lot less!

MAKE-IT-YOUR­SELF POO SPRAY

3 ta­ble­spoons veg­etable glyc­erin

2 ta­ble­spoons rub­bing al­co­hol, 70 per­cent

40 drops any es­sen­tial oil like laven­der

1/2 cup water

Pour all in­gre­di­ents di­rectly into a 4-ounce (or sim­i­lar) spray bot­tle. Or mix in a bowl, us­ing a small fun­nel to pour it into smaller 1-ounce spray bot­tles. The recipe mul­ti­plies well. Shake well right be­fore use. Spritz about 10 sprays to cover the sur­face of the toi­let bowl water. Pro­ceed.

Mary in­vites ques­tions, com­ments and tips at [email protected] ev­ery­day­cheap­skate.com, or c/o Ev­ery­day Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

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