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How to remove banana odor from backpack.

I foolishly put a banana in a backpack (JanSport knapsack). The banana was crushed and smeared all over the inside of the large section of the backpack and set for a day. Now I cannot get rid of the rank banana odor. I've washed three times, and sponged heavily with vinegar twice. The material is some sort of synthetic, no leather. Suggestions on how to remove the lingering odor?
posted by Jackson on Oct 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me find my holy grail of travel coffee mugs

Odor sensitive person seeks travel coffee mug that won't accumulate funk. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Oct 9, 2014 - 23 answers

That Funky Lunchbox Smell

My Mr. Bento lunchbox has a persistent odor, not unlike things you've (I've) forgotten in the back of the fridge. It's starting to permeate the little containers and into my food which is... counter-productive to me using it. How do I mitigate the funk? Difficulty: it can't be submerged or put in the dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Oct 2, 2014 - 15 answers

why did so much of Philadelphia smell like gas yesterday?

Yesterday morning it smelled like gas from South Philly though center city and up into Fishtown, but it wasn't actually natural gas. What was it? [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Jun 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Brand new unworn shoes reek of mothballs. Why?

I just bought these incredibly handsome shoes. They were delivered today...along with an overpowering mothball smell. I've noticed the same odor on new denim products in several stores lately. I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier on Jun 19, 2014 - 4 answers

How to de-stink our rental deck?

Because of Reasons, Mr. Blues and I rented an apartment sight-unseen. We moved in last week. It is generally quite nice, but the balcony/deck absolutely reeks of urine. Evidently a previous tenant seriously neglected her dogs (and potentially cats? it smells like cat pee to me) and they used the balcony as a bathroom. It absolutely reeks. How can we and or the management company fix this? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jun 17, 2014 - 18 answers

De-stinking clothes without a washing machine

I have a new shirt that smells terrible. Difficulty level: no washing machine. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Jun 16, 2014 - 16 answers

Finding an apartment without the nasty trash compactor odors

This is a question about NYC real estate, specifically about a building maintenance issue. After many years of renting, I am in the market for a co-op apartment in the five boroughs of NYC. There is a problem with my current building that I am willing to tolerate as a tenant that would be a complete deal-breaker as an owner The issue is this: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Litterbox odor mitigation.

I'm trying to mitigate the smell of the litterbox without making my cat averse to using it. Are there any organic plant-derived scents that are generally pleasant to humans but unpleasant to cats that I should avoid? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Jan 17, 2014 - 26 answers

NYC subway trains stink, mold?

I feel sick every time I get on to nyc subway trains. The N train is constantly stinky like urine and mcdonalds and feet, that triggered my multiple chemical sensitivity badly. I noticed 7 train usually have very fresh air which does not trigger my symptoms, as well as #6 train. R train is much better than N train, and E train is much better than F train. I want to know what caused these nasty stinky trains? Are all odor caused by mold? Btw: I can't tolerate PATH smell as well. I'm so confused people in these trains seem do not feel anything. Any information or comment are welcome.
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Yucky-smelling microfleece

Chemical/burning-rubber odor on new microfleece garments. What causes this, and how can I remove it? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 2, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I kill this weed?

Living in an apartment building and the hallways are smelling like marijuana. Like strong enough to choke on it. This is not the first time. [more inside]
posted by Flashbullzeye on Oct 26, 2013 - 31 answers

Natural Gas Smell

I did something colossally stupid this evening: Put up some pasta on the stove and then fell promptly asleep for a little while on the couch. Woke up to a terrible smell of natural gas. Found the water in the pot had spilled over and doused the flame of the burner it was cooking on. With the gas on high. It was probably like that for about 10 minutes or so. And now, four hours later, the house still has a strong-ish odor. Here is my question: does the smell indicate that gas is still present in the house, and if so, should I be concerned for the health and safety of my small children, who are sleeping a hallway away from the kitchen? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 15, 2013 - 13 answers

How to generate "grilling smells?"

So we're opening up a concession stand a local soccer field tomorrow, and we're going to have a grill at which we're going to serve typical grill stuff (burgers, dogs, maybe a few fancier things here and there). What can we throw on the grill (like in a saucepan on a side burner) that can blanket the fields with the smell of home-cooked burgers and generate some serious mouth-watering? The grill's fairly small -- a fairly typical four-burner suburban soccer dad fixture, and the stand will be open for about 2-2.5 hours each night. [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Jul 21, 2013 - 12 answers

How to clean rotten potato smell on a hard wood floor

This morning, my wife discovered a forgotten bag of potatoes that have apparently been our pantry since the Taft administration. The bag burst, leaving rotten potato mush and juice on our old hardwood floors. It smells like death has vomited more death on top of death. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Please help us rid new house of mystery stank

We just bought a new house, yay! It's in suburban NC, less than 3 years old. Starting today, my husband and I noticed a strong musty smell in the front entryway. There is a guest bathroom and a home office just beyond this foyer, but those rooms smell fine to me. The floors are hardwood, no rugs down yet. There is an air vent directly overhead as you enter the house. Could that vent (pushing out a/c for the first time since move-in, now that weather is warm) be the source of the funky smell? If yes, why?? And how do we get rid of it?
posted by little mouth on Apr 10, 2013 - 11 answers

What vaginal infection is this?

Embarrassing and unusual symptom has been plaguing me for months now. Your insight, experience and advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Getting rid of cat odor - special snowflake - cat no longer in house

Getting rid of cat odor - special snowflake - cat no longer in house [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Aug 26, 2012 - 10 answers

How to talk about odiforous intimate parts

How do you go about asking the girlfriend about the way her lady-bits smell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 - 45 answers

How can I best keep my shoes from smelling up my walk-in closet?

How can I best keep my walk-in closet from smelling like my shoes? And how can I best keep my shoes from smelling up my walk-in closet? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Ghostly smell of a thousand cats!

I am going slightly mad trying to figure out how to rid of the smell of a thousand cats from one section of my apartment. Please help me metafilter, you are my only hope! [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Jul 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Phantom Smell?

I apparently have a mildly unpleasant odor that permeates everything I own, and only one person can smell it. How can I find out what's causing it? [more inside]
posted by sepsis on Jul 9, 2012 - 30 answers

Is this flashlight going to kill me?

This thing is giving off an awful odor and I have no idea what's causing it. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on May 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Do sunscreens that don't smell like sunscreen exist?

What sunscreen smells the least like sunscreen? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on May 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Fresh as a mountain stream?

How do I best deal with this wet, smelly problem? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Jan 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Help cure my foot smell!

Cure my foot funk! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 - 27 answers

How do "molecular odor eliminators" work?

How do "molecular odor eliminators" work? [more inside]
posted by macinchik on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Not fakin' the funk in the five boroughs

Can anyone recommend a good defensive cologne to use to ward off the nasty smells I encounter in the New York City subway system? It has to be cheap and come in a small package that I can throw in my bag to be used when necessary. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 18, 2011 - 26 answers

I don't want my chair to smell like shampoo! I want it to smell like a chair!

How do I get this shampoo smell out of a recently-cleaned chair? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Why does Mucinex smell like millipedes?

Why does guaifenesin (aka Mucinex) smell like millipedes? [more inside]
posted by zennie on Jul 24, 2011 - 11 answers

What cat litter doesn't stink up the place even when it's clean?

We need a new litter brand! We have 3 cats and a relatively small space in which they live. The recent heat wave has not helped matters. Ideally the new litter will not stink up the house with odor-covering chemicals. Help? [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Jul 20, 2011 - 41 answers

Stinky hippie seeks odor control.

Do crystal/rock salt deodorants work? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 13, 2011 - 37 answers

Why do I smell like sour milk?

Why do I smell like sour milk? [more inside]
posted by calcetina on Jul 12, 2011 - 19 answers

The Touch..the smell...of cotton (and silk, and rayon)...

Many new garments have a distinctive smell that disagrees with me. What's the likely source of this odor? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on May 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Why does my plastic cart smell like a hobo's armpit?

Why does my utility cart smell like BO? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Why does my child smell when he's extremely upset?

My son has severe rages. When he has these meltdowns, he gives off a certain odor. It isn't sweat. Any idea what's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 - 29 answers

How to avoid/eliminate cigarette smell in clothes?

How do I keep my clothes from smelling like cigarette smoke? And what do I do to get the smell out given the limitations of a carry-on bag in a hotel? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Mar 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Distinctive smell of sexually-aroused men's breath?

I recently went out on a date with a woman I'm interested in. (I'm an early-30s male.) It's very early in the proceedings, so we're still getting used to each other. Anyway, during this date, she informed me that sexually-aroused men have a particular odor in their breath, and that I'd had it all evening. Later on, she told me that she actually didn't care for the odor at all, which was news to me. This is the first I've heard of this phenomenon, so I'd like to learn more about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2011 - 75 answers

my cat's breath smells like Drakkar Noir

Our extremely friendly outdoor cat came inside reeking of cologne. This was two days ago, and it's still across-the-room strong. How do I clean this off? [more inside]
posted by Prince_of_Cups on Feb 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Something about this situation stinks.

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? [more inside]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt on Jan 20, 2011 - 48 answers

Am I poisoning myself when I drive?

I smell gasoline very strongly in my car. The smell began suddenly when the weather got colder than usual. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Would it work to use a room-air purifier to remove mold odor in a room?

We moved into a fairly new apartment. One of the rooms had window & floor water damage (probably due to a window left open by some prior tenant), which has been repaired by management as best as they could, but there is still a mold odor that isn't going away. We're pursuing more repairs, but meanwhile, I'm trying to research other options. I'm specifically wondering if can anyone tell us if they have experience with using room-air cleaners such as this Airfree system or something by IQAir. Would one of the devices stand a chance to remove the smell of mold in the room? (And if the answer is yes, do you have experience with a particular unit being better than another?)
posted by StrawberryPie on Sep 12, 2010 - 6 answers

How to get out plastic smell in drapes?

How do I remove a burnt plastic, chemical odor from blackout drapes? [more inside]
posted by amme on Sep 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Deodorizing a house

De-stinkifying a house of cat smell--while the cats (and their not-so-hygenic owners) still live there. I found a place I want to live (cheap!), but all of the common areas smell very strongly of cat and litterbox. If I move in, are there any affordable measures I can take to return the place to tolerable freshness? Or should I find somewhere else to live? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Her hooha smells... off. What's going on?

A question from Ms. Ash3000: "My vagina smells funky, but I don't have the symptoms of a yeast infection. Could this be just a side effect of the summer heat, or is it more likely that something else is going on?" [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 18, 2010 - 15 answers

It's said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days... literally?!

What can we do about our stinky house guest? We thought we could tough it out, but it has gotten out of hand. [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jul 16, 2010 - 44 answers

Seal or cover a septic tank lid

Is it safe to tightly seal (or cover) the lid to the "pump tank" in my septic system? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Jul 12, 2010 - 5 answers

All the cat pee smell with none of the cute kitten cuddles

Goddamnit, why does my apartment smell like cat pee? Difficulty: I don't have a cat, and I live in a pets-verboten building. Preliminary research suggests it may be mold? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Jun 12, 2010 - 19 answers

How to get body odor out of a silk dress

I can't get a body odor smell out of an expensive silk dress. Dry cleaning seems to have made it worse. Does anyone know what might get the smell out?
posted by let444 on Apr 15, 2010 - 22 answers

Odor-free dry-erase markers

Are any dry-erase whiteboard markers genuinely odorless (or close)? [more inside]
posted by decagon on Mar 29, 2010 - 10 answers

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