It's almost baby-time (our first) and we're still in the process of getting stuff we need (or just think
need.) There's a very obvious and willing source in my sister-in-law, who has very generously offered SO MANY THINGS to us, all of which we would love to have, espcially for free. The problem is that she smokes and everything that comes out of her house smells like cigarettes. This is a two-parter. [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder
on Sep 20, 2013 -
Smell that isn't like gas from the oven/burner but is like when radiators go on in winter is in apartment. Freak out or no? [more inside]
posted by angrycat
on Aug 11, 2013 -
My bedroom smells like pee. Ew! Gross! But also: we don't have a pet, we don't have kids, we're scrupulously clean, and we can't seem to find the smell's origin despite much aggressive searching. What on earth can this be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 20, 2011 -
What kind of filter can I attach to the dryer vent duct outside the window of my multi-unit building to keep the noxious, chemical/perfume-scented dryer sheet odor from entering my apartment? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi
on Sep 1, 2011 -
Through surgery, I regained my full sense of smell today. I haven't smelled clearly since 2006.
I live in Washington, DC. It's brisk Fall. Feeling 100%. What should I go smell this week?
posted by metajc
on Oct 6, 2010 -
We've inherited a wooden sea chest from 1827 along with accompanying provenance and documentation. That's the good news. The bad news is that it stinks. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying
on Nov 5, 2009 -
I live in a place that is rainy or snowy half the year, and during that half it is impossible to keep the floor of my car dry. It has begun to smell pretty bad. I recently had the interior detailed, which included washing the floor mats, and it smelt fine until the floor got wet again, which was almost immediately. Does anyone have a good technique for keeping wet carpet from smelling bad? Drying it is not an option. For bonus points, exactly what is it that causes the smell?
posted by ubiquity
on Jan 3, 2009 -
There's this odor. I don't know what it is or how to describe it except as dry, organic, and searing. Noisome and musty. But not organic like shit nor like mildew. Not searing like acid. Astringent but not like alcohol. A staleness, certainly, that tickles the throat and makes the eyes water. A malodorous fustiness, raw but not putrid. [more inside]
posted by Grod
on Oct 24, 2007 -
Puppy smell. What is it? Where does it come from? Why can I not get enough of it? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay
on Jun 3, 2006 -
Has anyone had good luck with over the range microwaves? I'm interested in knowing how good these things do at capturing and reducing odors while cooking. We live in a small apartment and there's no vent over the stove. Would something like this over the range microwave
actually reduce cooking odors?
posted by teddyb109
on Oct 16, 2005 -
I live on a block in browstone Brooklyn, NY. For the last few weeks, the air has been, periodically, filled with a somewhat unpleasant onion-y smell. At first I thought this was someone's bad cooking, but I'm wondering if it's a tree of some kind. Does anyone know what this is? (and no, this is not the horrid smell of the ginko tree, whose "fruit", in the fall, smells like darkroom chemicals...)
posted by ParisParamus
on Oct 9, 2004 -
There's a skunk under my office (which is in a trailer-house). It stinks.
How do I get rid of the thing? When I've done that, how do I get rid of the stench? (Or will it just go away in time?) Lord, this is nasty.
posted by jdroth
on Jun 24, 2004 -
Skunk attack! My friend's house had a large family of skunks living underneath it. Dog went after the skunks, and a nuclear cloud of skunk-stink enveloped their whole house, permeating every single plastic, wood, cloth, or food item. Other than burning the whole thing down and starting over, what can she do? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate
on Feb 5, 2004 -