Thing-A-Day Catchup: Projects 2 & 3

DIY lavender linen spray (and clothing stink remover!)Project 2: Lavender Linen Spray and Deodorizer

I’m playing catch-up and cheating a little, as I actually made this on January 31 but really wanted to share it. It’s a lavender linen spray, made from rubbing alcohol, water and lavender oil. We recently bought a natural latex mattress topper, to try and extend the life of our not-so-old-but-really-sagging mattress, but despite several days of airing and being on the bed it still smelled a little like memory foam. The Mr. wasn’t keen on it. So I made this linen spray. The downside of it is that you have to spray it with at least 5 minutes of drying time–otherwise you can really smell the rubbing alcohol. Other recipes call for vodka, which might solve that problem. I didn’t have vodka, though, and this being a state with endless blue laws, couldn’t get any on the Sunday I planned to make it.

Another handy use of this stuff is as a deodorizer. I tried making a deodorizer a couple of weeks ago–websites swore that spritzing white vinegar on the armpits of old sweaters, for example, was a cure-all since the vinegar dries odorless and/or could be washed out. My experience ran contrary, though, as one of my favorite coats now smells vaguely like salad dressing and one of my old sweaters still stinks a little. But yesterday I wondered if this lavender/alcohol mix would do the job–the alcohol, like the vinegar, kills bacteria, which often causes smells-and I sprayed it on the pits of my workout jacket, which is made of nylon track-suit material. Lo, it worked! They’re in the wash now and smell better than they have in a looong time.

Basic recipe here: http://www.helium.com/items/1478956-how-to-make-linen-spray

Total cost, including bottle of essential oil and spray bottle, about $10–but I can make many more rounds of the stuff!
Rigatoni and cauliflowerProject 3: Rigatoni with Cauliflower

This is one of our favorite vegetarian mains: rigatoni with pan-roasted cauliflower, tomatoes, and topped with buttered, toasted bread crumbs.  It’s one of those dishes I have to walk away from, lest I eat all of it myself.  It’s easy and pretty quick.  The recipe is from Serious Eats, which got it from a cookbook called Salt to Taste.  Totally worth making.  Here’s the link to the recipe:  http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/02/rigatoni-with-cauliflower-pecorino-hot-pepper-and-bread-crumbs-recipe.html

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