Since spring has more or less arrived, it's time to air out the house, including clothing, pet beds and any number of other things. But getting completely rid of some strong odors, such as those from cooking, pets, smoke and perspiration, can be tough.
Adding about one-half cup of baking soda to the wash will usually help because it softens our hard Carroll County water, and makes your detergent work harder.
Febreze spray has been around for a long time, and it's very good for items you can't launder, but there's also a Febreze that's made for the washer. Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator, a professional strength liquid, can handle almost anything, and it's safe for HE washers, too. The usual amount is one to two caps full, depending on the strength of the odors.
I cover the back of my car with a comforter when I take my dogs for a ride and recently, one of them was sick all over it. After shaking-out the comforter, I added Febreze to the washer and it came out like new, with absolutely no odor.
Unfortunately, not very many stores sell Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator. I've been buying it at the Weis in Westminster, where it's located on the left side of the laundry aisle, near the stain removers.
The product is a little expensive, but when you have a really tough odor - and if baking soda doesn't work - Febreze can usually save the item from going in the trash.
A 50.73 fluid-ounce bottle usually retails for just less than $9, but recently I found stickers on the bottles, good for $1 off, so watch for them.