I have a problem, and should really seek help. Although, I don’t think I will find Papier Mache Paste Anonymous in the phone book.
Now you think I’m crazy, and that’s ok, because I will explain it. Not that you won’t still think I’m crazy at the end of this post, but you will understand WHY I’m crazy.
First, let me say that when I began learning papier mache techniques early last year, I faithfully followed the instructions and recipes of Stolloween found here. (His recipe is about halfway down the page in yellow italics print). I can only say this – I am SO glad to have found him, and benefited from his trial and error of the many recipes out there, because this is the only one I have ever tried, and will ever use… no need for a lot of experimenting.
Having said that, I also tend to over do things…. even directions. Stolloween said that because it is a flour based recipe, and can tend to mold if left out too long, you can “add mold inhibitors such as salt, bleach or anti-microbial dish detergents to extend the life of paste”. So, I usually add a bit of ALL of those things, haha… better safer than safe, right? (I hope he’s not reading this and rolling his eyes at me right now… haha). Bleach actually gives me a raging headache, if I smell it too long – like, long enough to scrub the entire bathtub/shower… so I was adding less and less bleach each time I made paste. (it really doesn't take much in the paste, but it doesn't take much to trigger a headache for me, either) so needless to say, I hated the way the paste smelled. (I’m getting to a point, I promise)
Last week, when making my batches, I was out of dish soap and reached for my hand soap next to the sink – my FAVORITE smell in the whole wide world, Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint. It’s in the “Stress Relief” category of their aromatherapy section, and man, does it work on my stress. :)
So, I put in about 5 squirts of that soap, and mixed it up like normal.
Oh my. I’m in heaven. Every time I pop the top on that coffee cannister, I just thank the stars that I get to papier mache for that moment in time – all the stress goes right out the door. With every strip, you get a little whiff of that scent… it’s amazing!
(Yes, Yes, I know, its not anti-bacterial. I don’t care about that part anymore, haha!)
POINT: If you have a favorite soap scent, try it. I cant say it will do much for anti molding properties, but… it just might put a smile on your face!
(Maybe this is a chick thing. Sorry guys.) :D