I thought I was being clever two days ago when I took a chair someone had placed on the street for trash day. It appeared that they were moving and threw away various items they no longer wanted. The chair was in fine shape and is the perfect size for my desk.
I have had a headache since and realized today that the chair smells of perfume or air freshener or something. I’ve cleaned it with everything I have and it still smells. I feel like I’m in a Seinfeld episode. (Anyone remember this episode? Where Jerry’s car smells so bad that he can’t get rid of the odor?)
I tried vinegar, alcohol, furniture polish, lemon essential oil, and lavender soap. Nothing worked.
Although I really liked the chair, I came to terms with the thought that I will have to put it back outside. I can’t keep being around something that has such an odor that it makes me sick. I would have put it back outside yesterday, but I live in an apartment and there are rules about leaving furniture outside. I can’t put it back out there until trash day.
In the meantime, people on my Facebook page have been kind enough to help me with more ideas. I am currently wrapping it in large trash bags with baking soda as suggested by someone on my page. I put some coffee grounds in there also as I read online that that might help.
Realistically at this point I’m just trying to live with it until I can throw it away. But it would be nice if this final method works and I am able to keep the chair.
Although I have always been sensitive to smells, it still amazes me how an odor can affect me.
I have learned one very important lesson from this; I’m not taking any furniture I find outside anymore. LOL