How can you make your swamp cooler smell good?

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How can you make your swamp cooler smell good?
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In dry, warm climates such as the southwestern United States, swamp coolers provide homes with a cost-friendly alternative to central air conditioning. A downside to using a swamp cooler is the filtered pads that retain the moisture tend to get a stale smell to them. To make your swamp cooler smell fresh and aromatic, only a few simple steps are needed to be taken. Freshening your swamp cooler improves the air quality in your home and adds another benefit to choosing one over an energy consuming air conditioning unit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton balls (0.454kg)
  • Plastic storage bag
  • Essential oil blend (56.7gr)
  • Polysorbate 20 (14.2gr)
  • Spray bottle
  • Swamp cooler pad
  • Sheet of cheesecloth
  • Stapler

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  1. 1

    Fill a large plastic freezer bag with about a pound of cotton balls.

  2. 2

    Create a 59.1ml blend of essential and fragrant oils in glass dish. Such home freshening scents include lemon grass, eucalyptus and lavender. Experiment with as many scents as you want to create your own.

  3. 3

    Add the essential oil blend to a spray bottle containing a half ounce of polysorbate 20.

  4. 4

    Aim the nozzle of the spray bottle into the zipper bag and spray a liberal amount, about half the bottle, over the cotton balls. Close the bag and shake the balls around.

  5. 5

    Open the bag and spray the remaining scented oil blend into the bag. Close it and shake it again.

  6. 6

    Pour the contents of the freezer bag over the surface of a disposable swamp cooler pad.

  7. 7

    Layer a square of cheesecloth measuring to the same dimensions of the pad, on top of it.

  8. 8

    Staple the corners of the cheesecloth to the corners of the disposable swamp cooler pad. This contains the scented cotton balls so that they cant escape.

  9. 9

    Insert the modified pad into your swamp cooler. When it is switched on, the cool air released into the home will be infused with the scent you created.

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