Sunday, March 01, 2009

Bucket

If you've been following along for a while, you know I'm a bit of a nut about cleaning. I love to do it and I love the implements that go along with it. New brooms really do sweep better. I have dustpans stashed all over the house. I'm down to one functional mop, but I just changed out the head last week, so it's good for a while yet.

Yes. I'm a freak.

And yet, my house doesn't LOOK all that clean. I have a houseful of souls that manage to strew debris, fur, bits of lunch and coffee all over, almost immediately after I've cleaned. It's quite frustrating, but I continue to attack the clutter and the dirt because I don't want to wind up being a guest star on "How Clean is Your House?"

Anyway, back to the various bits and bobs that make up my cleaning equipment...

Darling Man has appropriated my buckets for picking up dog poo and sweet gum balls in the back yard, so I was without a good bucket for cleaning inside.

Last week, my cousin and I went to FireHouse subs for lunch and while there, I noticed a great stack of fire-engine red buckets stacked next to the chips. They were for sale for $2.00 each and the proceeds are donated to various fireman funds. Two dollars for a huge bucket? What a deal! I stored this bit of information in the back of my brain.

Looking around my kitchen on Saturday morning, I decided it was time to get a bucket. I did a lot of picking up, and at lunchtime, I went to FireHouse Subs for sandwiches - and a big bucket. I happily forked over the extra $2.00 and grabbed my bucket (with lid!!!) and my lunch and headed back to the house.

As I was driving, I noticed an odd smell and realized it was coming from the bucket. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that FireHouse Subs was recycling their pickle buckets! The buckets come packed with 350 pickle spears and when emptied, they are rinsed out and set out for sale. Obviously, they are RINSED, not washed. Or so I thought.

When I finished lunch, I washed out the bucket and filled it with hot, soapy water for cleaning. I enthusiastically wiped down all my counters, my refridgerator, the stove hood and mopped the floor. I washed out the microwave. And it was all lovely, beautiful, clean!

But...

Now my house smells like pickles. From top to bottom. Pickles.

I didn't say anything, but when Darling Man got up this morning, he noticed and wondered what that odd smell was. It smelled just like... his grandmother's house. When she made pickles. And he wondered how that could be - because he knows that I do NOT like pickles. Why would my house smell like that?

I explained and apologized to him about the smell and he laughed. He had enjoyed his little trip down memory lane.

Now... does anyone know how to get rid of pickle smell?

13 comments:

margaret (the misanthrope) said...

Ooohhh...my goodness! You have Eau de Pickle perfuming your house now. Barring re-cleaning all the surfaces (with a new, non-pickley bucket) all I can think of is opening all the windows and letting the air swirl around? Hmmm...

margaret (the misanthrope) said...

Ooohhh...my goodness! You have Eau de Pickle perfuming your house now. Barring re-cleaning all the surfaces (with a new, non-pickley bucket) all I can think of is opening all the windows and letting the air swirl around? Hmmm...

margaret (the misanthrope) said...

Ooohhh...my goodness! You have Eau de Pickle perfuming your house now. Barring re-cleaning all the surfaces (with a new, non-pickley bucket) all I can think of is opening all the windows and letting the air swirl around? Hmmm...

margaret (the misanthrope) said...

PS - Sorry for the copycat comments - the computer was slow and I, in my usual impatience, hit "Publish Comment" again. *sigh* Sorry!

Sandcastle Momma said...

I hate to laugh after you worked so hard but I have to tell you this is hysterical! LOL I have no idea how to get rid of the pickle smell but I can say that I'll be snickering over this all day. It sounds like something that would happen to me LOL

Liane Michel said...

Boy are you in a pickle!! (snicker... sorry couldn't resist!)

Try wiping everything down with a bleach and water solution. Then soak the bucket in bleach and water.

Jan said...

Great story. I think I'd try baking soda and water. But I'm laughing too hard to think straight. Good Luck.

HoosierGirl5 said...

You made me laugh out loud! That is too funny! Does smelling your house make you want to eat burgers and chips?

J.

Janis said...

That had me laughing out loud. Maybe try wiping your counters with equal amounts of white vinegar and water.

grace said...

so funny! just when I thought I'd follow suit and get myself a bucket...let us know the end of the story

Swampy said...

This is too funny ! Sayre's in a Pickle !

There is an oil called PURIFICATION on the Young Living Essential Oils website.
Believe me it works. Remember when Bubba and Bug caught the skunk, killed it, and brought it into the house?
Well, prior to knowing about Purification, I had used everything from tomato juice, to vinegar douche, to a combination of Dawn, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar...nothing worked.
This is a wonder fix for removing odors. Just a few drops in some warm water and just like magic, your pickle smell will disappear.

Anonymous said...

I'm a believer in baking soda. Set a few dishes out and see how that works.

...And since you asked (or rather chortled) I still have my eyebrows and eyelashes...but burned off a chunk of my bangs back in december.

JUSTICE IS MINE. I was in a pickle with my bangs...and now you smell like pickles hahahaha

Anonymous said...

Slice an onion and leave it out on surfaces in the room overnight. It absorbs the odor and the onion smell will be gone a couple of hours after it is put away or out. This works for seafood smells, too.
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