Apr 18, 2011

Do You Drive a Garbage Truck?

Posted by Tonia at Monday, April 18, 2011
By Rachel

I've divided moms into two categories: those driving clean cars and those driving garbage trucks disguised as family vehicles. I've always prided myself as one of the former. When my car broke down recently I had to hitch a ride with a friend. It was then that I discovered the "other side."

When I got into my friend's car she said, "Sorry about the car being a mess, but you know how it is when you have kids." Really? Your 5 year old left his empty Starbucks cups, gas receipts, old lipsticks and Men are From Mars and Women are From Venus book in your car? Peculiar kid. And I thought mine were a little strange....

As we drove I was met with several unusual scents. Mostly the smell of rotting banana peels, curdled milk and dirty diapers. Looked for an oxygen mask but had to settle for cracking my window. Didn't want to add vomit to the mix of aromas.

I was glad when we got to my house and I could escape the Stench Mobile. However, it was kind of fun seeing what kind of souvenirs stuck to our asses when we got out of her car. Note to self: give her a dust buster for her next birthday or a gift certificate to a car wash.

The whole experience got me thinking that it would be fun to have a smell-good girlfriends' party. Ask your girlfriends to bring homemade items that smell good (candles, drawer sachets, etc.) and exchange recipes. I've included a great recipe for a homemade air freshener below.

Air Freshener

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup baking soda
2 cups hot water

Heat water on stovetop or in the microwave. Find your manual if you don't know how to work either appliance. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water and then add the lemon juice. You can use either reconstituted lemon juice (kind you buy at the store in a yellow shaped bottle) or real lemon. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray the stench away!


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