Dear loyal readers and super homemakers,
I need your help. A while ago, I'm thinking three weeks now *embarrassed to admit that*, I knocked a bottle of safflower oil off the top shelf in my pantry and when it hit the floor the lid cracked, and before I could stop it, about two cups of oil was everywhere. Being so long ago, I can't recall the details to why I couldn't clean it up "properly" but nevertheless, I made a few bad choices.
Bad choice #1- I yelled to Gabbers bring me two cloth diapers. I was thinking I didn't want to be wasteful and anti-green and use a whole roll of paper towels. Then I asked Gabbers to bring me two more cloth diapers. This was a lot of oil.
Bad choice #2- I did NOT clean up the rest of the oil immediately. In fact, I didn't even finish cleaning up the oil-soaked cloth diapers. I just left them there. For whatever reason I still cannot remember.
Bad choice #3- I forgot to tell Danny when he tossed in a load of towels to keep these cloth diapers separate from everything else.
When the four oil-soaked cloth diapers were no longer in the pantry, I forgot about the oil mess.
Now some evil consequences I am faced with that I need some advice on.
We washed that load of towels on hot with distilled white vinegar approximately 9,238 times. My plushy natural white bathmat (yes the one mentioned here) must've been in the original load. Unfortunately, after the load had only been washed about three times, it went through the dryer.
I've bleached that load a couple times. And still the oil smell permeates the bathmat, every white bath towel we own, and four cloth diapers. Can it EVER come out?
My other dilemma, which I find even more frustrating, is the oil in the pantry splashed onto the bread machines. Now the bread machines and the pantry floor have this sticky oil on them that will NOT budge. I even tried using one of those brown Pampered Chef nylon pan scrapers and VERY hot soapy water.
Please help. :(