My partner has two cute and excitable 2-year old male dogs who are used to sleeping on the bed. I have a problem knowing that dog butts and genitalia have been lying where I put my face. [more inside]
Inspired by the wiping technique thread from earlier today - what is the proper, best way to wash one's ass in the shower? [more inside]
What kind of liquid facial soap do you recommend? [more inside]
Drafty castles, stone construction, floors strewn with rushes, noble ladies' trailing gowns... Anyone who's read any historical fiction set in the Middle Ages is familiar with these popular Medieval motifs, but I have been troubled by a number of questions about these items. Perhaps we have some period history mavens who can ease my confusion? (Warning: Long! Strewn! Possibly moldy.) [more inside]
I like to sip a little bit of Scotch before going to bed, spending a few quiet minutes with a single malt, my browser, and some good music. I usually do this after brushing my teeth, and I really, really dislike going back to brush my teeth again before going to bed (it totally kills the pleasant pre-sleep buzz). I'm not sure how much sugar is in Scotch, but is this practice likely to lead to cavities over the long term?
How worried should I be about my chipped tooth? [more inside]
How should I look after my beard, and, when it's under control, what can I train it to do? [more inside]
How can I get my husband to shower more than twice a month? [more inside]
I could use some help figuring out how to phrase a request that my boyfriend give his bedding a spin in the laundry. We're pretty newly minted, and I understand the need for tact here, but I am blanking on the best way to say this. [more inside]
Cavities: I have one in both of my two front teeth, one of which is fairly significant. Both of them are on the outside edge of the respective teeth, and thus sandwiched between my front teeth and the teeth next to them. How will a dentist fix this? [more inside]
Parent Filter: What can I do about this parent/child role reversal that is poisoning my mind and my life and how can I let this parent know that even though I love them dearly I will not continue to let them manipulate me and dump all of their responsibilities on to my plate???
Parent Filter: What can I do about this parent/child role reversal that is poisoning my mind and my life and how can I let this parent know that even though I love them dearly I will not continue to let them manipulate me and dump all of their responsibilities on to my plate??? [more inside]
Are cats really as clean as everyone says? [more inside]
A dear friend of mine is morbidly obese. He has a variety of medical issues which are mostly being addressed. He has several related issues that are not - mostly hygiene related. Help me help him. (possible squick inside). [more inside]
My neck sweats like crazy when I wear button up shirts with neckties. Is there a way to help with this? [more inside]
HygieneFilter: must I always use soap when washing my hands? [more inside]
Complicated microbology/ecology conundrum: Just bought a little house on a river. The house has two big rocks that jut out into the water that are perfect to sit on...if it weren't for the poop on them (most in a thin, dried layer). Help me figure out a solution that maximizes sanitation and minimizes environmental impact... [more inside]
Hygiene Filter: Picking my face, fingernails, and more. [more inside]
My housemate's are terrible slobs, to the point where I'm about to snap. What can I do? [more inside]
What are some hair conditioners and body lotions that do not contain any alcohol? [more inside]
How did primitive man cope with things like body oil, pimples, and cold weather? [more inside]
Bad dog breath... what helps? [more inside]
As a guy, how do you smell really good without the use of cologne? Some people, I've noticed, have a great fresh smell to them, but I'm not sure how they get it. I try using scented soaps, but it doesn't give nearly as strong an effect. Is it lotion? Does skin type matter?
Cologne picking advice: it can't be as simple as "just pick what your like" or "bring a girl with you and buy what she likes"... can it?
Following some dental adventures, I seem to have some lingua villosa nigra, aka "black [hairy] tongue". Reportedly harmless, but is there anything (a) I should know or worry about, and (b) I can do to quash it on the double? [more inside]
We just bought a house with a separate, finished apartment. The apartment turns out to have a smell, and we can't figure out where it's coming from. The smell is bad: part must, part mildew, and part warmed catfood. So my questions are: 1. Does this smell sound familiar to anyone? (As in, "Oho, that's plainly mildew he's talking about; he should check the blah blah!") 2. Ways to pinpoint an ambient smell? I am going under the apartment this afternoon :( but if I i don't find any carcasses under there, I am out of moves.
Excessive body hair... what to do? (Probably NSFW) [more inside]
My significant other has, over the last few years, taken fewer and fewer showers. She now takes about one per week (yes I keep tabs). I don't notice any smells although her hair can get that needs-washing look. [more inside] [more inside]
Refilling contact lens solution bottles with contact lens solution? [more inside]
Help me not smell like smoke on my job interview! [more inside]
Why are my ears itchy all the time? :( [more inside]
Hygiene in the Middle Ages to 19th century [more inside]
Will anything bad really happen if I don't wear flip flops in the gym shower? [more inside]
Should I get a diaper pail? [more inside]
Why does my cube-mate's cat have hygiene issues? [more inside]
How do you deal with the messy side of sex? [more inside]
Who gets to share food and drinks with your child - from the same cup or spoon? [more inside]
How do clean the base of your eyelashes?
How might I go about finding a top of the line hair salon. I am considering trying to settle into a new haircut - even a $100+ price tag is ok this one time. (I'm in S.E. Michigan.)
HygeineFilter: How to prevent the recurrence of MRSA infection in a community center? [more inside]
how often should i change my toothbrush?
I'm 23 and I have more acne than I ever did in high school. This is a general problem, but I've also got a (first) date on Thursday--got any miracles? [more inside]
Does anyone ever really flush sanitary napkins? [more inside]
Many lavatories on trains have signs warning that the water in the sink is not safe to drink. If it's not clean enough to drink, am I really making my hands cleaner by washing with it?
For the first time in long life experience, I have a girlfriend who is very stinky "down there". What to do? [more inside]
A question from the young 'un I couldn't answer. There are lots of clean crisp flavours out there: why are toothpaste, floss and other dental/oral products stereotypically mint-flavoured, and not, say, clove or cinnamon? Is it simple popularity, or is there a technical reason?
Which way do you wipe and why? [mi] [more inside]
I bought several liquor bottle spouts to make pouring easier for a recent holiday party. Now I'm wondering if I can leave them in the bottles or not. I've got some cheapo $.75 diposables and some $5-ish automatic 1 oz. pourers that are much nicer. Assuming I use a given bottle only once a week or so, is leaving the pourers in a bad idea? Will my hooch evaporate? Will cooties crawl into the bottle (my apartment is largely cootie-free)? Is it just bad manners to leave them in? Please advise.
In light of tthis alarming story, I'm wondering how many times a day MeFites brush their teeth. How about flossing? [more inside]
I have a friend who stinks. He has horrible breath (he's a chain-smoker), and his clothes and body reek. I'm not sure what to do. It's so bad that many people have commented that it's hard to be around him. But other than the smell, he's a great guy. He's also lonely, and can't get a date. His life would be so much better if he had better hygiene. So what do I do about this? Tell him face-to-face? Send an anonymous email? Do nothing? If I do bring it up, how do I do it sensitively? Added to the problems, he's very poor. He can't even afford a phone. My guess is that part of the problem is that he's trying to save money on laundry. Still, soap is cheap. I'm trying to obey the Golden Rule, but it's hard. If I was the smelly one, I would want to be told, I guess. But I would be SO humiliated! He's in his early 40s. Really smart and literate.