Ask SingleDad: Get Your House Ready for Dating

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SingleDad wants to help you understand Single Parent Dating from a Man’s perspective. Ask SingleDad is the Q&A Single Parent Dating Advice section on SingleDad. This month, one of our members needs some tips on how to freshen up his house.

Ask SingleDad: Get Your House Ready for Dating

SingleDad wants to help you
understand Single Parent Dating from a Man’s perspective. Ask
SingleDad is the Q&A Single Parent Dating Advice section on SingleDad. This
month, one of our members needs some tips on how to freshen up his house.

Get Your Place Ready for Dating

Dear Single Dad,

My name is Rick and I’m a
45-year old single dad from Seattle.
My 10-year old son and I live in a small apartment and it definitely
smells like only boys live here.
I’m looking to get back into the dating scene and the smell makes me
nervous about bringing a date back to my place. How can I get my home smelling nice and clean and keep it
that way so my dates want to run away as soon as I open the door?

Signed Smelly in Seattle

clean house

Dear Smelly in Seattle,

So you’re living in a guy’s
locker room huh? Well, at least
you figured it out before you had to watch women running out your front door,
shrieking in horror from the smell. So unless you are fortunate
enough to date a girl whose olfactory system isn’t working or whose place
smells worse than yours, you’re going to want to find a way to get rid of the
smell.

But before your quick to
stock up on vanilla frosting, mountain breeze and passionate pineapple air
fresheners, take a moment to read the label to see exactly what you and your
son would be inhaling. From
formaldehyde to phthalates, there is a price to pay for breathing in
these sweet and fresh smelling chemicals and toxins.

Formaldehyde?
Don’t they use that to embalm dead bodies? They sure do and according to
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most store bought air
fresheners contain formaldehyde.
It has shown to cause contact dermatitis, allergic reactions, rashes,
cancer and leukemia.

Phthalates, another damaging toxin found in 85% of air
fresheners, has been tested by the Natural Resources Defense Council who
suggests it may lower your sperm count and wreak havoc on your hormones.

At the end of the day, these air fresheners are not even
removing the smell at all. They are simple masking it. If you really want to get the smell
out, you have to de-odorize it. Instead of having to breathe a toxic cocktail of chemicals,
these natural alternatives will work to not only de-odorize the air, but clean
and freshen it too.

plant

Get some plants

Aloe, spider plant and golden pothos are among some of the
plants that can naturally absorb harmful pollutants like formaldehyde from the
air.

Bowl of Vinegar

Just leave a bowl with some plain, white vinegar out
overnight and when you wake up the next morning, you’ll be surprised at how
much fresher your place will smell.

Baking Soda

You know that orange box that your mom told you to put in
the fridge but you didn’t know why? Baking soda works to eliminate odors by
neutralizing the strong acids that lead to even stronger smells found in
certain foods like spoiled meats. You can also use it in your garbage cans and
kitty litter boxes.

clean house

Let the Sunshine In

Open the windows in your house and let nature’s freshness do
it’s job.

Go Green

Create your own air freshener by putting four teaspoons of
baking soda and four cups of water into a spray bottle. Using a fine mist of
this self-made solution will neutralize odors. You can also mix a few drops of
an essential oil like lemon or lavender with some purified water and spray that
stank away.

Removing nasty odors is one thing, but not letting them
happen in the first place will save your nostrils in the end. But if the odor
is already there, before you’re quick to light that spray the air with the faux
scent of grandma’s apple pie, go with a more natural alternative. Your
nostrils, house-guest and sperm will thank you later.

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