I have the beach on the brain. (I realize it is January and freezing cold.)
I always have the beach on the brain, but a friend of mine is at the beach right now and we talked on the phone last night. She had collected shells and didn't think she had anything in her hotel room to clean them and get rid of the smell.
Ha! Oh, yes you do!
Most hotels offer a small bottle of mouthwash along with the shampoo and lotion. The mouthwash kills germs in your mouth, right? It will work for sea shells, too!
Brush off the sand in the trash first. The hotel handyman will appreciate that.
Rinse the shells well in the bathroom sink.
Fill the sink with enough water to cover the shells, pour the bottle of mouthwash in. Let it set. Rinse again.
This will help clean the shells enough to get them home.
Be careful and considerate. Please do not stop up the sink with sand or tiny shells. I don't want the folks at Holiday Inn to suddenly start reading my blog.
For more great tips, see Shannon!