Air fresheners are a lifesaver for those with hockey equipment, wet dogs, or strong cooking smells. They remove odor from a room and add a pleasant scent. However, purchasing these little smell emitters can be costly and many opt for refilling the fresheners themselves. Drops of scented oil, unfortunately, can spill when this process occurs, or if the freshener breaks. With a little elbow grease and a few household items, these spots can be removed from almost any surface and the stained area can look, and smell, brand new.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda or cornstarch
- Rubber gloves
- Dry cleaning solution
- 1 tbsp. liquid dishwashing detergent
- 1 tbsp. white vinegar
- 2 cups warm water
- Small bowl
- Dry and clean cloths
- Wire brush
- Sand paper
- Original wood finish
Sprinkle on dry powder, either baking soda or cornstarch, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to absorb as much of the oil as possible.
Vacuum up all of the dry powder.
Place the rubber gloves on your hands. Pour the dry cleaning solution onto a clean, dry cloth and pat it all over the stain.
Rub the cloth over the stain until it is completely gone.
Mix together the vinegar, warm water, and dishwashing detergent in the small bowl. Sponge it gently onto the remaining stain.
Run a clean cloth under cold water and blot over the stain to remove the remaining solution.
Pour dry cleaning solution on to a clean cloth.
Rub the cloth covered in solution over the spot, gently.
Scrub the spot with a wire brush instead of a cloth if the stain has gone below the surface.
Sand the floor and refinish the area with the original finish.
Tips & Warnings
- With linoleum, the oil can often just be wiped off with clean rags, and will not stain.
- When using dry cleaning solvent, always wear gloves and ensure you are in a well ventilated room.
- Photo Credit three sorts of oil image by Tomo Jesenicnik from Fotolia.com
How to Remove Liquid Paper From a Wood Table
Liquid Paper is the brand name of a correction fluid owned by Gillette. A typist first invented it to correct her own...
How to Remove an Oil Stain From Wood
A number of oily things -- such as greasy food and body lotions -- can stain your home's wood flooring or your...
How to Clean an Oil Spill from a Reed Diffuser
Reed diffusers add aroma to a room without heat, flame or smoke. The reeds wick oil from their decorative container and scent...
DIY: Scented Electric Plug-In Refills
Scented oil plug-in air fresheners can be very expensive. Most plug-in air fresheners last around 30 days. Stores do not sale refills...
Homemade Drawer Freshener
Your bureau drawers probably aren’t at the top of your weekly cleaning list, so they may get a bit musty from time...
How to Clean Formica Furniture
Formica furniture, with its smooth, sleek surface, is low maintenance when it comes to minor things such as dust settling. You'll have...
Room Air Fresheners for Smoke Removal
Cigarette or cigar smoke can linger in a room for days. Small fires can leave an offensive smoke odor for weeks if...
Uses for Vodka to Get Rid of Odors
Vodka is a spirit used in many mixed drinks and cocktails. However, it has many other household uses, from deodorizing to disinfecting....
Homemade Air Freshener & Deodorizer
Everyone's home needs a little deodorizing at one time or another, whether because of pets, kids or forgetting to throw out the...
How to Get Cat Urine Smell Out of Furniture
To get the smell of cat urine out of furniture, use a pet stain product and an air freshener pad. Use a...