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Yesterday, after blogging about our triathlon relay, I took an epic nap.  Naps after races feel so ridiculously good, but I woke up feeling sore and groggy.   Somehow, I summoned the strength of a thousand warriors and managed to sit down and pound out the conclusion to the second section of the book I’m writing (a mind + body healthy living manual!).  


Then, it was time for dinner.  We cooked a cheese-less veggie pizza from Trader Joe’s (which I added goat cheese to) and green beans:


Oh yeah.


And for dessert, I had a bowl of Lemon + Triple Ginger Ice cream and Panda Puffs.  It was heavenly.  This ice cream is amazing, if you happen to spot it at your local Trade Joe’s!

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So – something very dramatic happened last night.


We were in bed, and suddenly, we heard this “bang! bang! bang!” I kind of ignored it because I thought it was James.  Sometimes he scratches himself and thumps his tail against the dresser or wall without realizing it.  But the noise continued, so the Husband sat up in bed and grabbed the golf club we keep nearby for this exact purpose.  “Did you hear that?” he whispered.  “It sounds like someone is in the crawl space under the house.”  I listened and acknowledged that, yeah, it did seem like it was coming from UNDER the house, not in the room.  And then I promptly freaked out.  “It’s probably a raccoon or rat or something, but what if it’s a PERSON?” I stage-whispered in terror. 


We listened to the scratches for about five minutes before deciding that, yes, it was definitely an animal.  It took me another hour to fall asleep!  So creepy-crawly.


Needless to say, I’m a little tired.  Nothing that a cup of coffee and breakfast can’t handle, though.


And now, I know this is completely disjointed from the rest of the post, but I have two random things to share, and why not just tack it at the end of a Monday morning post?


Random thing #1:  PetzLife Oral Care Spray


Maggie has rank breath and teeth.  We try to remember to brush her teeth regularly, but it’s a pain in the butt. 


The other day, I checked out tooth sprays for doggies at PetSmart.  There was a wide variety of products, some cheap ($8) and some not-so-cheap ($24).  The cheap ones were filled with strange-sounding chemicals and artificial colors.  The $24 PetzLife spray sucked me in by the awesome ingredient list (water, grain alcohol, grapefruit seed extract, grape seed extract, rosemary oil, thyme oil, neem oil, and peppermint oil), and I even sprayed it in my own mouth to ‘test’ out the flavor. 


Anyway – I’ve been spraying it in the dogs’ mouths for about two weeks, and this stuff actually WORKS and blasts away plaque.  I am seriously amazed at the results.  I totally thought I was tossing my money away when I bought it, but I promise – it works! 


Random thing #2: My stinky dishwasher.


Our dishwasher has been really smelly lately.  I don’t know why!  It’s making the dishes smell, too.  So last night, I ran a load of dishes with the regular amount of powdered detergent + 1/4 cup baking soda.  Like a miracle, everything came out shiny and clean and with no scent!  Cheapest all-nature cleaning solution ever.


Anyone else have any random tips or tricks to share?



  • Freya August 1, 2011, 9:53 am

    Ohh I would’ve been so scared with the banging! You’re lucky you have a man and /or golf club with you at all times :-p
    I wish I had handy household hints, but I feel too young and carefree to have them yet :p

  • kalli August 1, 2011, 9:55 am

    wow caitlin these are some great tips! funny because my mom tortured us with vinegar and baking soda cleaners when we were kids. we thought she was soooooo weird using vinegar to clean everything but now i realize she was right. i will try that baking soda idea. also poor Pepsi (our lab) has such bad breath. i need to find that spray. thanks and good luck with the animal under your house 🙂

    • Jen @ Light Enough to Travel August 1, 2011, 5:46 pm

      I use vinegar in my rinse-aid compartment of my dishwasher instead of Jet-Dry. Works better on hard water, actually. I’m just imagining this in combination with the baking soda; dishwasher volcano! 😀

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 1, 2011, 9:57 am

    I seriously need to get that spray. My dog’s breath smells like a dead fish. It’s disgusting.

    • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) August 1, 2011, 11:46 am

      Does your dog’s breath actually smell fishy? I ask because our new puppy was like that and then we discovered it was from nibbling under his tail…the fishy smell comes from the anal scent glands. Sometimes they get clogged and need to be “milked”. (Gross, I know.) That’s why you see dogs dragging their butts on the ground. It’s something you can do or you can pay $10 or so for the vet/groomer to do it. Totally worth it to not get fishy butt juice on your furniture!

      • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 1, 2011, 1:16 pm

        Thanks Lizz. Yeah, I know about the anal gland thing (soo gross! haha) but it’s not that, we’ve had that done before and she’s not dragging her butt or anything now, it’s honestly just her breath! She’s a hunting dog and eats a lot of “stuff” (read dead things & poop) when she’s outside I think it’s more b/c of that. So gross, I know, sorry to get detailed!

    • Stephanie C August 1, 2011, 4:09 pm

      My dog had the same exact thing, and we thought it was her food (it’s a kibble that’s got a very fishy smell). Her vet told us that it wasn’t normal and that it meant she had a bad plaque problem. He recommended these prescription dog treats that have actually really helped her breath become neutral and her teeth have less plaque. She’ll need the teeth cleaning, and after that we’ll have to go back to brushing her teeth every other day again. I’d recommend getting it checked out, just in case. It can be annoying for the dog, too!

  • Melanie August 1, 2011, 9:57 am

    Oh nice! I’ll be purchasing that for my doxie too. $24 bottle is hell of a lot cheaper than a $300 teeth cleaning at the vet.

  • Ryan M. August 1, 2011, 9:58 am

    I swear it’s a doxie thing…I have 3 and every single one of them have stinky breath!

    Baking Soda is like the cure all of cleaning supplies!

  • Elizabeth August 1, 2011, 9:58 am

    I am going to Pet Smart on my lunch break to buy that spray!

  • Hannah August 1, 2011, 9:59 am

    It’s good you’re taking care of the doxies’ teeth because my mom’s doxie is almost 12 years old and has gingivitis — she’s had to have so many teeth pulled 🙁 I’ll tell her about the spray! I wonder if the $8 would work well, too ?

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant August 1, 2011, 10:00 am

    Thanks for the heads up on the PetzLife Spray! It’s soooo hard to brush Dottie’s teeth – those doxies have such small little snouts – and frankly, she hates it! I’ll definitely be trying this spray instead!

  • cathy August 1, 2011, 10:04 am

    i’m sorry you were scared last night, but i just have to laugh at the husband keeping a golf club by the bed. my dad used to keep a mini baseball bat by the bed when we were growing up, just in case of intruders! thanks for the smile!

  • hippierunner August 1, 2011, 10:05 am

    Great tip about the dishwasher!

  • hippierunner August 1, 2011, 10:05 am

    Great tip about the dishwasher!

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs August 1, 2011, 10:06 am

    OMG that’s scary! We had a similar situation recently, we have a tree outside our bedroom window, and it sounded like someone was walking under the tree and looking into our window. Turns out it was a raccoon what was large enough to eat my face!

    I don’t have many good cleaning tips, but I do like that bon ami stuff. It’s a natural version of comet, without the crazy chemicals.

  • Mia August 1, 2011, 10:08 am

    I highly recommend getting an alarm for your house…it definitely puts my mind at ease having one, especially when my husband is out of town. Obviously someone could still break in, but at least the police would be there shortly, which makes me feel a lot safer.

    Also, if you suspect it was a racoon or some other animal you should check your crawl space to make sure they didn’t start nesting under your house, because that will lead to an infestation 🙁

  • Meghan August 1, 2011, 10:11 am

    I saw on Pinterest that a packet of lemonade KoolAid will get rid of calcium and lime deposits in the dishwasher too. The things I learn from the site.

    Also, according to the almighty Pinterest, a sheet of wax paper will work as a Swiffer cleaner for the floor. I’ll definitely be trying that too.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 1, 2011, 10:16 am

    Thanks so much for the doggie dental tip! I have 2 mini dachshunds with awful breath too and I am going to buy this product and hope for the best.

  • My Blonde Moments August 1, 2011, 10:21 am

    A house I lived in in college had rats or mice in the walls and ceilings! It was really old, so critters got in all the time. It freaked the heck out of me and I always worried I’d wake up one morning to find a critter in my bed. Ick!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 1, 2011, 10:21 am

    Ok I’d be creeped out by the noises under the house too!

    I love baking soda as a cleaner — it works really well on our stove top.

  • Kelly August 1, 2011, 10:24 am

    1) We had raccoons scratching at(in?) the walls by our bedroom for a year. It was horrible. So hard to sleep, and it would wake up Olive too, and she would start barking!

    2)Thank you SO much for the puppy breath spray recommendation! I will definitely be stopping by Petsmart sometime soon to check that out!

  • Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen August 1, 2011, 10:28 am

    “Somehow, I summoned the strength of a thousand warriors”

    😆 lmao!

  • Jamie @ A Healthy J.D. August 1, 2011, 10:29 am

    Thank you thank you for highlighting the Petzlife oral care spray; our dogs hate having their teeth cleaned and denta bones are not doing the trick. I saw that Amazon sells the spray for $20 (a $5 savings) and the reviews there are pretty amazing too!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged August 1, 2011, 10:30 am

    That kind of noise would keep me up all night! I’m so paranoid about things like that!

    I’ve been all about using my old protein powder containers as dog food carriers for weekend vacations – a standard container holds 4 scoops of food (two feedings a day x 2 days)!

  • Laurie August 1, 2011, 10:30 am

    Thanks for the tip on the spray. I’ll have to get that! My doxies breath stinks so much! I just had one of them get a dental cleaning in February and he already has tartar buildup again even though I ‘try’ to brush his teeth too!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 1, 2011, 10:34 am

    I’m super-sensitive to noises in my house too – when I was little, I think about 90% of my nightmares included robbers of some sort! I don’t have a ton of useful cleaning tips, but I do know that baking soda has about a bazillion applications, including deodorant! There’s 75 different uses for it here:

  • Jodie August 1, 2011, 10:37 am

    My cat scratched my dining room table so I took raw almond and rubbed it on the scratch… the natural oils from the almond hide the scratch ~ Cheap and effective!

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) August 1, 2011, 10:37 am

    That is a great dishwasher tip- I’ll have to try it!

  • Mary August 1, 2011, 10:41 am

    How random! Do your pups chew bones? Our husky had RANK breath and teeth, but once she started chewing bones (like our lab does) her teeth are SO much whiter and her breath doesnt stink nearly as bad!

  • 'laina August 1, 2011, 10:42 am

    You might want to remove the screen over the drain in the bottom of your dishwasher and clean it out. Sometimes small bits of food gets stuck in there and rots, causing the bad smells. I had to look up my dishwasher manual on the net to remove it properly, but it was a lot easier than it seemed. (I do it once a month now).

    • DefineDiana August 1, 2011, 11:19 am

      Ahh, that is exactly what I need to do. I see that the screen is so dirty but I never know how to fix it. I guess I never thought to look up how to remove it from the manual. Will definitely be doing this soon.

      Thanks for the tip!

  • Rachel August 1, 2011, 10:43 am

    Lucky you didn’t come face-to-face with the animal… The other night I walked out of my door to take my puppy out and there was a gigantic snake sitting there and then last night when I took her out there was a scorpion on the porch. It’s like I live in a zoo!
    I just bought AromaPaws’ paw conditioning treatment for my pup. She has really dry paw pads that crack and she chews them all the time. This stuff is all natural and organic, so it’s okay if she licks it off, and it works like a charm. So worth the $14 I paid!

  • Emilie August 1, 2011, 10:43 am

    The goat cheese pizza with the green beans looks supreme! Delightful post.

    • Baking N Books August 1, 2011, 10:57 am

      Ditto the pizza! Is the crust GF?

      Yikes – I love the imagery of the golf club though!! 🙂

      I live alone but in a condo so it’s not so bad. But when I lived in an apt. off of a house I would get freaked out pretty bad…I used to keep a knife on the night table – just in “case”. Of course, then I was afraid I’d reach over in the middle of the night half-asleep and cut myself – yikes!

      • Jen @ Light Enough to Travel August 1, 2011, 5:50 pm

        It looks a lot like Amy’s cheese-free pizza. That stuff is the bomb. I love the caramelized onion!! Not sure if it’s GF, but I think Amy’s has a GF pizza.

  • Charise August 1, 2011, 10:54 am

    Ahh, our next-to-last night in our condo last week, we were woken up by a loud alarm at 3 am. It was our smoke detector, for the first time in the 6 years we lived there. It scared the crap out of me since I hadn’t heard it before, and I had the worst time falling back asleep, boo.

  • Penny August 1, 2011, 10:56 am

    Thank you so much for reviewing the puppy spray! My dog (whom is 13 years old this month) has always had a TERRIBLE problem with plaque. So bad, in fact, that we have had to put her under anesthesia a few times so the vet could clean her teeth (which I HATE). I brush her teeth about once a week, but the yucky still grows in her mouth. I am going to order some of that spray. Thanks!!

  • Rachel August 1, 2011, 11:21 am

    make sure you run your faucet on hot water before running the DW. this helps dissolve the detergent & you’ll get better results. also, my mom told me about a trick using Tang drink mix. let the DW run, empty, for 4 minutes so it’s filled w/ hot water. open & dump the entire jar of Tang in. shut the door & let the cycle run until complete. this is suppose to help dissolve any detergent residue & buildup.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) August 1, 2011, 11:32 am

    I just paid $$$ for my cat’s teeth cleaning and have been thinking about these sprays. I NEED one!

  • Bethany August 1, 2011, 11:43 am

    I make my own laundry detergent and completely swear by it now. I never buy Tide anymore.

    Here is my blog post about it.

    I’ve also made a dry version, which works equally as good, but I haven’t yet blogged about it.

  • Tricia August 1, 2011, 11:46 am

    Those expensive Cascade dishwasher pack thingies are actually worth it. Borax powder is great to add to loads of colored laundry. Annnnnnd Purina pet stain remover is off the chain!

  • Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 1, 2011, 11:54 am

    Baking soda is great in the back of the fridge as well–but you probably already knew that one. 🙂

  • Lauren August 1, 2011, 12:04 pm

    That ice cream sounds amazing!! 😀

  • Lauren August 1, 2011, 12:07 pm

    That is creepy. I would have freaked out myself.

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 1, 2011, 12:18 pm

    Mmmm…all those eats looks absolutely incredible…so so yum! I love everything you eat! And that banana and nut butter toast is making me hungry, lol! 😛
    That must have been SO scary to hear the banging under the house! Eeek!
    When we were in Africa on safari last September, the Kiwi and I heard a leopard outside our tent – they have a really distinctive sound – and I have never been so scared to be camping in my entire life! The Kiwi was like “I want to go and see!” and I was like “NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!” :-O I pinned him down because I didn’t want him to get eaten. Men and their bravery (aka: dumb stupidity), eh?! xyx

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 1, 2011, 12:18 pm

    My tip – freeze your snack bars like lara bars and protein bars, it makes them take much much longer to eat! 🙂 xyx

  • Khushboo August 1, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I would have been scurrred if I heard noises before bed. My tip: Johnson baby wipes are a godsend for stains. My B-I-L spilled coffee on his white shirt but luckily those wipes sorted him out!

  • Jessi @ Quirky Cookery August 1, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I use baking soda for everything. And vinegar. If one isn’t appropriate, the other often is….or a combination of both is just magic! They’re great for smells. Shoes, dishes, clothes, sinks, stains, windows (vinegar, not baking soda), ovens, teeth (baking soda, not vinegar…mix with a little water and brush). I could keep going on and on. I really use them so much. And they’re crazy cheap, too, so I certainly can’t complain.

  • Selena August 1, 2011, 12:46 pm

    Why have I not thought of putting baking soda in the dishwasher? I will be doing this very soon. My dishwasher always stinks since I often have cups that contained milk and were “lost” for some time, this is especially bad in the summer when the 7 year old leaves her cup in the back of the mini van for a day or two where I can’t see it. I’ve thrown some out to save myself from opening them.

  • Brittany @ Pretty Fit, Pretty Healthy, Pretty Happy August 1, 2011, 12:48 pm

    My dog Dakota has the same bad breath problem. This spray sounds awesome!

  • Hillary August 1, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I love that you guys keep a golf club by your bed just in case. That is so something I would do if I owned golf clubs!

  • Amber K August 1, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Random tips are always fun! Of course when I actually try to think of one to share my mind completely blanks. So basically I’m no help at all today!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 1, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I would have been freaked out too! I don’t actually know anyone who really keeps a weapon by their bedside, so I love that you do.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul August 1, 2011, 1:19 pm

    Niice! I need to use baking soda for our microwave 0_0 you wouldn’t wanna see it 😛 haha “stage-whisper”, I love that.

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots August 1, 2011, 1:20 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, as I was trying to go to sleep last night, I kept on hearing little noises. It got to the point where I was seriously worked up over the fact someone might be in my apartment.

    Then I remembered that I had thrown some clothes in the dryer right before going to bed. I was hearing the buttons and zippers clank against the machine.

    Love the tip for the dog spray! I’m going to try it!

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat August 1, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I wish I could take naps- I am always groggy after!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 1, 2011, 1:30 pm

    THANK YOU for the doggie breath tip! Koda’s is awful, even though the vet said her teeth look great. I need this stuff!

  • Brenda@ Baby on the Way August 1, 2011, 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the PetzLife spray. My doxies have terrible breath that leaves my husband and I asking them, “When did you eat fish?” So, I’ll def. be checking out the spray!

  • Dana August 1, 2011, 1:43 pm

    I use TANG to clean our Dishwasher, grated lemon peels for the smelly garbage disposal and Efferdent for a rust free toilet bowl.

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture August 1, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Ahh our pooch has THE SMELLIEST BREATH EVER so thank you, thank you, thank you for this tip! Will be buying some asap!!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 1, 2011, 1:52 pm

    great trips!!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs August 1, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Ohh that’s so creepy! Stuff like that definitely keeps me up at night. I get spooked so easily, I’ve watched too many episodes of Law and Order!

  • Sarah for Real August 1, 2011, 2:11 pm

    Eeek! I hope you get in touch with your landlord about the animal issue. Skunks are notorious for bedding down in crawl-spaces around here. Most animal situations require a professional extraction… and our state laws require a licensed professional to trap and relocate errant critters.

    Bonus! Not being the homeowner means you don’t have to deal with it 😀

    Thanks for the tips on the tooth spray! We’ve been trying to give our pooch bully sticks. They clean pretty well but are too much craziness on a daily basis.

  • Nicole August 1, 2011, 2:15 pm

    I def need to get that spray for my one cat! Vet says he has gingivitis, but I’m a poor cat mommy and can’t spend $300 on dental cleaning. My other cat is totally fine and never has cat breath.

  • Rika August 1, 2011, 2:55 pm

    I use baking soda to clean the tea/coffee stains out of my mug! I just make a slurry with baking soda and water and swipe with a sponge! it’s magical!

  • Rika August 1, 2011, 2:59 pm

    oh, and I’ve been making deodorant with baking soda as well! I mix 1/4 c baking soda+ 1/4c cornstarch+ 1/3 c melted coconut oil in a container, let it solidify, and rub it into my skin. I tried like 5 types of natural deodorants before this but they never conquered my almighty stench- but this does homemade one does! It’s helluva cheaper too!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh August 1, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this about the dog teeth spray! Rascal has majorly smelly breath too (smells like tuna fish gone bad…ew, gross). He refuses to let us brush his teeth so we’ve just been putting up with it for almost four years.

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) August 1, 2011, 3:37 pm

    ooooh, i almost got that ice cream last week. now it will undoubtedly happen.

  • Hilary August 1, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Ok, this might make you laugh, but as a Canadian, visiting Trader Joe’s is one of the things I’m most excited about when I come to HLS! That ice cream looks amazing…it actually looks like it would taste a lot like the lemon ginger frozen yogurt I made last weekend: There’s my random tip for you!

  • Sara August 1, 2011, 4:07 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    I had to comment once I saw the Petzlife. A few weeks ago I came across it online & thought about buying it but wanted to ask my vet first because I was reading some reviews about it causing dogs liver enzyme numbers to go up. Once I told my vet that it had Grain Alcohol in it he made it clear not to use this product. My vet just may be against it, but It may be a good idea to speak with your vet about it.

    • Caitlin August 1, 2011, 9:07 pm

      Oh interesting. I will definitely ask my vet about this, too!

  • Stephanie C August 1, 2011, 4:16 pm

    I haven’t checked the ingredients on this, but my vet recommended a prescription dog treat for our dog who had rank breath (due to all the plaque buildup). I was skeptical, but after just a week of these treats.. her breath is neutral and the plaque has lessened. I’d recommend this for people whose dogs won’t let them brush their teeth (but, the vet recommends a teeth cleaning, also!). This brand is Hill’s Prescription Diet. Also! Just wanted to point out that my vet said if your dog doesn’t like opening it’s mouth to brush or to get meds, that means their mouth is really sensitive and probably is sore.

  • Amy @ ahealthyandhappyheart August 1, 2011, 4:20 pm

    My dog has the worst breath/plaque … thanks for the recommendation. I will be buying that this week!

  • kath August 1, 2011, 5:21 pm

    can you post a “after” picture of your dogs teeth?

    • Caitlin August 1, 2011, 9:08 pm

      that was an after picture 🙂 haha. it was bad to begin!

  • kristenq August 1, 2011, 5:21 pm

    get tips! my dog could use that! You should do a post about what everyone’s tips are!

  • Jill Will Run August 1, 2011, 5:27 pm

    I’d heard about that spray a while ago and started following PetzLife on Twitter. I was intrigued by that and I’m glad to hear your thoughts on how it works. How long does it last? (In your estimation, based on how much is gone and how long you’ve used it!)

    • Caitlin August 1, 2011, 9:08 pm

      I’d say it’s 1/3 gone in two weeks with two dogs. We might be overzealous with teh spraying.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales August 1, 2011, 5:50 pm

    Love the advice about spray for doggie-dental hygiene– I actually wrote a blog post about that subject yesterday! I’ll have to check out the goods from PetSmart 🙂

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 1, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Bahaha I love that you said you “summoned the strength of a thousand warriors.” For some reason I pictures a thousand warriors in your house, helping you write. It made me LOL! Love this random post. My random tip is to use a can of coke to clean your toilet–it really works! Toilet scum hates HFCS. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 1, 2011, 7:23 pm

    Haha I love that you added cheese to a cheese-less pizza. I would have done the same thing. 😀

  • Katy August 1, 2011, 7:57 pm

    My household tip (that I thought everyone knew, but have recently learned is actually not totally common knowledge): When your garbage disposal smells, you don’t have to play for the expensive Plinks; just throw the rind of a citrusy fruit in the disposal and smell your troubles disappear!

  • Heidi (Balance Project) August 1, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the baking soda tip – I noticed a smell from my dishwasher recently as well! I`ll try this out!

  • BroccoliHut August 1, 2011, 9:54 pm

    Definitely keeping that oral care spray in mind for Margot once all her baby teeth fall out–she has breath that smells like rotting coffee and grass. Weird.

  • Morgan @ Endorphaholic August 1, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Does the spray remove the bad doggie mouth smell? Or just the plaque?

    And Amazon sells a giant size refill! Buying this size is the equivalent of only paying $11 per small bottle, and there’s free shipping!

  • Jen August 2, 2011, 8:27 pm

    The only household tip I know is how to kill ants. I mix some baking soda with powdered (icing) sugar – about 1/2 tsp per cup of sugar. Spread it in a line where you’ve seen the ants. They’ll eat it and carry it back to their nests. The baking soda reacts with their stomach acid to produce carbon dioxide, and they die because they can’t fart! Best part is that it’s totally safe if household pets eat it.

    • Jen August 2, 2011, 8:27 pm

      1/2 TABLESPOON, sorry, not teaspoon.

  • Christina August 3, 2011, 4:51 pm

    Oh man my dog, Sushi’s, breath is so bad! It’s kind of fitting that we named her Sushi because her breath smells like some kind of fish! Ilk! I may have to get some of this spray and try it out!

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