Asking for a friend: Two times in the past six months, my oven/stove and a spot near my refrigerator (several feet away) have smelled *very strongly* of some petrochemical, like benzene or kerosene or gasoline or something sweet and fuelly like that (i.e., not natural gas, not propane). There is a similar, faint, lingering odor in the oven. What could be causing this? Some kind of propellant in the gas lines? Illicit neighbor activity? If it helps, I'm on the 4th floor of a 6-floor building in NYC.
My suit now smells of something petroleum-based, which I assume is the dry cleaning chemicals. After four days of hanging in a well ventilated room the smell is fainter but still there, so I plan to take it somewhere else to clean it again. I'm just really curious about this as it's never happened to me before. My question for the right honorable Green is what could the cleaners possibly have done wrong to cause this? I thought dry cleaning was pretty much completely automated and foolproof now and there wouldn't be much chance of something so basic going wrong.
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?
Odor sensitive person seeks travel coffee mug that won't accumulate funk. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I have a new shirt that smells terrible. Difficulty level: no washing machine. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Chemical/burning-rubber odor on new microfleece garments. What causes this, and how can I remove it? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Embarrassing and unusual symptom has been plaguing me for months now. Your insight, experience and advice appreciated. [more inside]
Getting rid of cat odor - special snowflake - cat no longer in house [more inside]
How do you go about asking the girlfriend about the way her lady-bits smell? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
This thing is giving off an awful odor and I have no idea what's causing it. [more inside]
What sunscreen smells the least like sunscreen? [more inside]
How do I best deal with this wet, smelly problem? [more inside]
Cure my foot funk! [more inside]
How do "molecular odor eliminators" work? [more inside]
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]
How do I get this shampoo smell out of a recently-cleaned chair? [more inside]
Why does guaifenesin (aka Mucinex) smell like millipedes? [more inside]
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]
Do crystal/rock salt deodorants work? [more inside]
Why do I smell like sour milk? [more inside]
Many new garments have a distinctive smell that disagrees with me. What's the likely source of this odor? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?)
How do I remove a burnt plastic, chemical odor from blackout drapes? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Is it safe to tightly seal (or cover) the lid to the "pump tank" in my septic system? [more inside]
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]
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?