It's said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days... literally?!
July 16, 2010 12:34 PM Subscribe
What can we do about our stinky house guest? We thought we could tough it out, but it has gotten out of hand.
posted by keep it under cover to home & garden (44 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend and I live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment. His childhood friend, "Bob," has come from afar to visit for a few weeks. Before Bob arrived, my boyfriend warned me that Bob has a certain... unpleasant aroma. I didn't think it could be that bad, and my boyfriend hoped it had improved since the last time he saw Bob. But it really is bad. Oh, it's bad.
At all times, Bob reeks of sour, stale sweat. You can smell him from across the room. He's been here a week now and it's become unbearable. When I come home from work, the smell just hits me. And somehow, olfactory fatigue doesn't seem to be kicking in. Even when my boyfriend and Bob are out, Bob's smell, which has permeated the sofa he's sleeping on, the pillows and the duvet, constantly wafts across the room. I'm talking waves of stench.
Bob's a really nice guy and I like him, but his smell is getting on my last nerve. I work long hours in a stressful job and when I come home all I want to do is kick back and unwind. Now I can't even sit on my sofa because I'm disgusted by the thought of the smell clinging to me, I can't relax when my place smells like a locker room, and my appetite is ruined. Worse, we're moving next month and our landlord is going to start showing our apartment. Our landlord has been good to us, and I don't want to screw him over by turning off his potential tenants.
During the day, my boyfriend has been throwing open all the windows and the balcony door. He picks up every piece of Bob's worn clothing and does Bob's laundry daily, but it doesn't seem to matter. Bob's smell is so pervasive that it doesn't wash out of his clothes. So even though he seems to shower often enough for the average person, the smell remains. Anything that can't be machine washed, I try to deodorize by spraying with a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar. Our efforts are not enough to hold the smell at bay for more than half a day, and it's steadily getting worse.
I don't want to make Bob feel unwelcome, so anything that resembles a full-scale biohazard cleanup is out of the question. Bowls of baking soda or vinegar placed around the room would require explanation. Scented sprays or candles would only mingle sickeningly with the stale sweat odor. Is there anything else we can do?
And on a more personal note, what could be causing Bob to produce such a stench? He seems to be in perfectly good health, and has smelled this way for almost as long as my boyfriend has known him, but could there be some underlying medical issue? Should my boyfriend try talking to him about it? And if he does, what should he say? I mean, if I stank and didn't know, I'd want someone to tell me. But would Bob? And how likely is it that Bob already knows?
Please, any advice at all would be highly appreciated.