How to Clean a Perfume Spill

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A perfume spill can be cleaned by using soapy water, baking soda and a dish towel. Discover how to clean a perfume spill with tips from a concierge service owner in this free video on home cleaning.

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Hi, I'm Caitlin from My Gal Friday, and today we are going to clean up a smelly perfume spill. Take your scrubby sponge, a sink full of soapy water, baking soda and paper towels or a dish rag to dry. So, the thing about perfume is that it's really really pungent once it has been removed from its glass container. As you know, you just need a drop to smell nice. So, when it spills it really is difficult to get out, and the whole house will start to smell like perfume. So, the first thing you want to do is, of course, catch it early. Then you want to take a paper towel and just sop up as much of the perfume liquid as you can, and then you want to take some distilled white vinegar and just coat the area in vinegar. It's okay if it gets elsewhere. This smell is going to come up really easily. So, you want to let it soak in vinegar for, I would say about an hour, and then when you come back you are going to bring your baking soda and cover the surface of your spill with baking soda. You can see it foaming nicely and the baking soda is to absorb all of the scent. The vinegar is sort of concealing it and cleaning it and it's activating the baking soda. So, you want to let the baking soda sit for as long as you can, I would say at least an hour overnight if possible if it's not in a trafficked area. So, we're just using a sampled piece of fabric here so I'm just going to wipe it off in the sink but just know that once you are on carpet you can't do that so you need to have a wet dry vac. So just, I'm going to wipe it all off and this should greatly reduce the smell of the perfume. You're going to take a sponge and sop up the area where the perfume has been spilled and where you now have all of this vinegar and baking soda. Now of course, this depends on what kind of fabric your perfume is spilled on. If it's silk, you clearly don't want to do this. You want to just take it to the dry cleaner as quickly as possible. So, once you have finished that you're just going to dry it with paper towels and if it still smells you just repeat the process but this generally works really well and another thing you can do is light unscented candles around the room. The unscented candles are going to absorb some of the smell and that's it. I'm Caitlin from My Gal Friday, and I've just shown you how to clean up a perfume spill.

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