So, my scarves smell like Argentine winter. And not in an awesome memories kind of way. But in a “I like to remember summer-winter through pictures and stories, not through the smell of cigarette smoke and pigeons”. However, I was nervous about washing them – what if the washing machine eats them?? So I thought a brilliant solution would be to frebreze them up a little – at least while I researched the best way to actually wash them.
I would like to preface the rest of the story by saying that I have used many spray bottles in my life. They are not exactly a new invention. I did not grow up under a rock.
Most cleaning products have an easy to use “open and closed” or “lock and unlocked” option. The frebreze also seemed to. According to the arrows – you can have the top of the bottle twisted to open, or twisted to closed. I tried to twist it to open. It would not twist. I twisted harder. Still nothing. So then I used lots of strength, (clearly a little TOO much strength) and twisted it – oh, it opened alright. Unfortunately I just wanted the spray nozzle to open. Instead, the whole top came off the bottle and the freshest smelling liquid in town exploded in my closet – on my things, and soaked into the carpet. I was so sad. But just used a towel to soak up what I could, closed the bottle and washed it off, and tried to think about how I would be fresh smelling for years.
Fast forward 2 weeks: our landlord is coming over, and I am thinking “hmm… this sweatshirt just came off the shelf for the first time in months. I knew it was clean, but it just smelled stale-ish… so I decided that I am a capable grown up. I can master the febreze bottle. I though about holding it in the sink while trying to open it, but then thought, “no – i know my mistake from last time. I can do this.” Mistake. Febreze all over everything again. Including me. Cue doorbell. Panic sets in. I walk away. There is nothing else to do.
I just wanted to be like this lady:
but apparently spraying freshness is not in my skill set. I shall hang up these signs to remind me in the future to not bother trying again.