There are times when I write this column that I feel like I need to step into the confessional booth. Today would be one.
It's not easy for me to tell you all of the things I've thrown away — not because they were worn out or I no longer needed them, but for one simple reason: The smell. I'm talking about stinky, foul odors that would not go away.
There was the original case for my 1948 Singer Featherweight sewing machine. No wonder that woman sold it on eBay. I did everything I could to get rid of that acrid smell of mildew, but to no avail.
Then there was my beautiful Persian throw rug that the cat tinkled on. If there's one thing I can't handle, it's pet smells. I tried baking soda. I tried vinegar.
I set it in direct sunlight, and locked it up in a box with charcoal and wadded up newspaper. Nothing would eliminate that odor. So out it went.
The final straw for me was my antique English bookcase that I dearly love. It, too, came with that horrible mildewy smell that hit me in the face every time I opened it. I was not about to pitch it.
I had to find a way to get rid of odors so I could stop getting rid of things I really wanted to keep. My search was so successful, I can't stop talking about it. It's called Nok-Out, and I swear it's a 90 percent miracle.
Nok-Out has no odor of its own and eliminates odors on contact. And I'm talking about the bad stuff that makes pet stores stink, nursing homes less than lovely, and old books and antique furniture smell.
The stuff is non-toxic, harmless and biodegradable. It is safe for humans, animals and the environment. Not only is Nok-Out a miracle for odor removal, it is also categorized by the EPA as a mildicide, bacteriacide and powerful viricide.