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How to make my vintage sweater to smell fresh?

How do I get the musty smell out of a vintage cashmere sweater (that has a real fox fur collar?) [more inside]
posted by traceymariel on Oct 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I warn coworkers that I've left the stall stinky?

Question regarding work bathroom etiquette. [more inside]
posted by shelayna on Oct 9, 2010 - 42 answers

Take me on a smelling spree.

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 - 62 answers

How to make my house not smell (so badly) of decomposing critter.

My house smells like decomposing critter. A critter died at a point in my chimney that it cannot be removed without removing the masonry and taking apart the chimney. (It died on the shelf above the damper.) The chimney dude recommended we just wait it out and said that with the average daily temp being 90+, it should be 'fast.' However, it's really damn disgusting and we're a week into a likely 2-3 week process. In the meantime, recommend any smells to help offset the stench? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket on Sep 17, 2010 - 24 answers

A Skunk By Any Other Name

I have always found skunk odor and roses to share similar scent. In my opinion, it's strikingly similar, but almost nobody agrees with me. What chemical, if any, do they have in common? [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Sep 16, 2010 - 20 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

Stinky flower

SmellFilter: How can I wear stuff that is a cotton/poly blend without getting armpit stink? Or is it only me who can smell it? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Aug 25, 2010 - 17 answers

How can I get rid of the smell of disinfectant?

Our basement flooded with sewage last week and was cleaned and then disinfected with Jeyes Fluid (a very strong dinsinfectant). Whilst this is a great improvement on the previous smell, it is pretty overpowering, and a week later there's no signs of it fading... Any tips for neutralising smell/replacing it with something better? Have tried leaving doors/windows open/incense/candles/air freshener to no effect.
posted by janecr on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Smelly carpet smells like mildew - eww

How do I get the smell out of this recently flooded carpet? [more inside]
posted by jammy on Aug 5, 2010 - 10 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

New car air freshener

Are there any car fresheners/sprays that actually smell like new car smell? [more inside]
posted by Comrade_robot on Jul 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Seed of Satan

Aniseed (and its demon spawn liquorice, Sambuca and Pernod) is the vilest, most retch-inducing flavour on earth to me. Why? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 17, 2010 - 44 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

How can we deal with the dead-animal smell?

Something (probably a lizard) has died in a pipe behind a wall, and it's stinking up our house. It's bad and it seems to be getting worse. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Jun 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Food for the tongue

What foods are most enjoyable even with a severely diminished or completely absent sense of smell (anosmia)? [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam on May 26, 2010 - 12 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

When bad smells happen to good kitchens

How can I remove an evil smell from my kitchen cupboard? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Mar 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Urine my powder, grossing me out.

Why does my face powder smell like pee? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 19, 2010 - 9 answers

What's that smell?! OMG it's me :(

Ack! I forgot deodorant and I'm starting to smell like B.O. I'm at work and can't get to a store, plus my shirt's starting to smell anyway. Help me smell better asap! [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Mar 17, 2010 - 17 answers

The case of the malodorous steering wheel.

My steering wheel smells bad. I have no idea what caused this. How can I correct it? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Mar 10, 2010 - 9 answers

How should we use/store our truffle salt?

How do you store your truffle salt to prevent your whole kitchen from smelling of it. Also, what are your favorite uses for the stuff? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Mar 8, 2010 - 12 answers

What to do about a smelly workplace?

How can I get my coworkers from compulsively using air freshener, as it gives me a terrible, go-home-early migraine? Asking nicely every day for the last week has been unsuccessful. [more inside]
posted by kella on Mar 5, 2010 - 28 answers

How can I get the smell of smoke out of my room?

I had a party at my place and stupidly let a friend have a smoke. How do I get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Feb 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me destink my parents' newly-bought house

My parents have just bought a house and now realize it has a smell of unknown origin. Ideas on things to do or people to contact to help get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Feb 17, 2010 - 12 answers

At my daughter's sleepover last night one of the girls said "your house smells bad". :(

How do I get rid of - after first identifying - a weird "animal smell" in my house? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Jan 31, 2010 - 19 answers

What is this horrible smell emanating from my refrigerator?

What is this horrible smell emanating from my refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Jan 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Babies, smell, and hunger

When your your brain identifies a smell as yummy/edible, is it a learned or instinctual phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Jan 19, 2010 - 18 answers

What is this stink in my front bedroom?!?

What is this stink in my upstairs room>!? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Jan 13, 2010 - 16 answers

My wonderful apartment smells like smoke.

A new neighbor moved in and now the hallway and my entire apartment reek of second-hand smoke 24/7. I live in Pennsylvania. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Those hippies and their biological cologne...

Fenugreek makes you smell like maple syrup. What X's make you smell like Y? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 7, 2010 - 21 answers

Dancing stinks!

We have a small dance hall space and it starts smelling bad because certain people who come don't wear deodorant, but we can't necessarily tell them to. The dance hall burns incense, but many people are allergic to the incense, like me. Apart from opening the door, which we can't do because people sneak in, what would be a good way to get rid of the smell during the event?
posted by ph00dz on Dec 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Nobody light a match!

Why do I smell gasoline when I'm in my car? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 16, 2009 - 17 answers

Why do I crave sweets when I can't taste them?

I've lost my sense of smell/taste because of sinus congestion. Why do I still crave sweets after a meal? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Faint of butt

While I was driving him home from the vet yesterday, the cat took a dump in his carrier, which was made of cloth. (He was in the front passenger seat.) [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 3, 2009 - 18 answers

I don't want to smell like an ashtray!

How can I mask or block the smell of my neighbor's smoke in my closet? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Oct 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Yuk, that smell is awful! How did you make such a stink?

So there are dozens of posts on AskMeFi raising the question of how to mask or remove a bad smell. But I have the opposite dilemma: I wasnt to create a bad smell. Not something so abhorrent that people wretch, but a clearly noticeable odour that perhaps evokes decay or sickness or death. And before you start calling the police, it's for a Halloween show. Thoughts on how to disperse said smell (using a plug-in mister? Using a fan?) gladly accepted.
posted by skylar on Oct 19, 2009 - 28 answers

How?!: Perfume Smell OUT of Laundry.

Is it possible to get cologne smell out of clothing? I kind of "inherited" a half-dozen nice sweaters that reek of perfume, and I'm allergic as well. I've tried mucho baking soda and soaking in the wash machine; haven't tried vinegar yet; past (somewhat related) threads suggest Ozium and Synthrapol, but they're really not for this purpose.
posted by Shane on Oct 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Do we need to evacuate?

name that mysterious acrid smell/taste! [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 21, 2009 - 6 answers

How to mask smelly farts?

How to mask smelly farts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2009 - 27 answers

Anosmia - is it forever?

Getting over a lousy cold/flu, can breathe again but can't smell anything. Is this permanent? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC?

What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Sep 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Renting in New Zealand - Pets urine on carpet. Smells. Pet hair

I'm currently renting a flat unit in New Zealand which I will be moving out next month. My current rental agreement states that I do not need to have the carpet professionally cleaned before I move out. I have two cats in the house and the question was raised with the property agent before I moved in. They have agreed to let me have the pets in the house and on the rental agreement, it also states that they are okay with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2009 - 28 answers

I don't want to be the stinking traveling girl.

What is that horrible suitcase smell and how can I prevent it? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Sep 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Stinky duvet

Why does this just-drycleaned duvet smell like garbage? [more inside]
posted by pised on Sep 1, 2009 - 8 answers

What smells good that doesn't cause cancer?

Candles, incense, and even deodorant are linked with cancer. What can I use to make my house smell nice that hasn't already been proven to make me sick? [more inside]
posted by lexfri on Aug 31, 2009 - 42 answers

Why does hypoglycemic sweat stink so bad?

I am a type 1 [insulin-dependent] diabetic, and sometimes at night, when I haven't eaten enough to cover the insulin I took that evening, I 'bottom out': my blood sugar goes down very low and I wake up bathed in sweat and must go searching for orange juice. My question is about this: The nighttime sweat from low blood sugar just... stinks. It is powerfully rank sweat, as though I had not washed in many days. My partner agreed, he has noticed that it is different from any other sweat I sweat. "You NEVER smell like that any other time. It's a low blood sugar thing." Yet only at night! I also become clothes-soakingly sweaty if low blood sugar happens during the day, BUT it seems 'normal', the same as when I exercise. Can anyone tell me why this might be? Why is the night-time hypoglycemic sweat so incredibly smelly? [more inside]
posted by st looney up the cream bun and jam on Aug 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Smells like clean spirit

Can someone identify the clean soap (or other laundry product) smell I keep noticing among hispanics? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Aug 2, 2009 - 8 answers

What would be the adult equivalent of Axe body spray?

I need a body spray recommendation for a middle age guy. Can anyone recommend anything that won't make me smell like an over-cologned teenager hoping to be the next star of an AXE commercial? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jul 24, 2009 - 26 answers

Why will dogs eat these things?

Given their acute senses, why do dogs eat gross things? [more inside]
posted by roxie5 on Jul 19, 2009 - 27 answers

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