My 19-year-old brother and housemate stinks. He's smelled funky for years, and it's not getting better. How can I either get him cleaned up or trick myself into not caring?
He's generally very presentation-conscious, which makes this strange. It's not sweat, cologne, or any scented product - just a sickly sweet miasma which clings to him and things he uses habitually. He seems in perfect health - frankly, I suspect he just doesn't clean up well enough after masturbating.
I (the big sister) and other family members have (individually) tried talking with him, without effect. Showering helps some, but it doesn't get rid of The Smell. Laundering his bedding clears the air near his room, but only short-term.
I've read this ask
, which is the closest I could find, and may try getting him an air-purifying plant or two, but I'm not going to go clean-bombing his room. My current method is to desperately try to ignore it, keep from being in confined spaces with him (like the car) as much as possible, and keep his bedroom door closed. Most air "freshener" products make me gag, but I'm willing to look into just about anything short of nasal cauterization at this point.