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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

Clean Shirt but Smelly Underarms?

I'm a clean guy by nature, I take showers daily, and use deoderant. The problem is when I do any kind of physical work that's not too strenuous (aka dancing, carrying bags) my armpits sweat a bit, but not a lot, but the smell is strong! The result of this that I'm forced to throw a perfectly clean t-shirt into the laundry bag just because the underarm areas smell. Is there any way to kill this smell, I feel like I'm wasting money on cleaning clean shirts :\ Any and all advice is welcome!
posted by wildrain2008 on Jul 19, 2009 - 27 answers

Professional smell tester - am I part dog?

Could I be a professional smell tester with my dog like nose? [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Jul 5, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I smell like my dog?

How do I learn to smell like my dog? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on Jun 23, 2009 - 16 answers

My basement smells of decaying fruit. Help!

My basement smells like rotting fruit. What is causing it and, since I'm thinking it needs dehumidifying, any dehumidifier tips or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on May 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell?

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell? [more inside]
posted by mai on Apr 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Silicone smell in condo

What is the cause of the slightly silicone/leathery/car interior smell in my condo? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 18, 2009 - 7 answers

But Mom it is totally legal!

How do I cover up cigar smoke in my clothing? Legal age, but would rather not explain to the parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 27 answers

Cat-Pee To Meet You

How do I manage litter box odour in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Apr 2, 2009 - 64 answers

What is this vintage cable smell?

What's that stinky smell that old audio cables have? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Mar 17, 2009 - 3 answers

My brain hurts!

Identify this smell filter: I just used some McCormick brand vanilla extract and it smells exactly like kindergarten. My husband agreed. Our only guess is that it smells like the paste we used to use with the little stick shown here with Ralph Wiggum. [more inside]
posted by artychoke on Mar 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Open second story windows = nasty cat reek. Advice?

Open second story windows = nasty cat reek. Advice? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Mar 8, 2009 - 10 answers

so fresh and so clean

Please recommend some body washes and laundry detergents with a lasting smell. [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Mar 2, 2009 - 22 answers

My fish smells like fish!

How do I get my shells to stop smelling like fish? [more inside]
posted by dame on Mar 1, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I get the smell out of the armpits of my t-shirts?

How do I get the smell out of the armpits of my t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Feb 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Smells like teen spirit

Has my camera been hitting the bong? [more inside]
posted by Abbril on Feb 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Gee Your Cat Smells Terrific

Most scoopable cat litter has a fragrance added. Normally we hunt for unscented litter, since the scents linger on my cat and he smells like air freshener. We accidentally bought a 40 pound tub of super scented litter. Is there any way to make it less aromatic or remove the smell from the cat?
posted by 26.2 on Feb 18, 2009 - 9 answers

What could a sudden strange chemical smell be?

A sudden, strong, strange chemical smell in the house. What could it be? And how might we find out? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Feb 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Smelling-Nose Dog?

My fiancee and I are both anosmic. We've joked about needing a smelling-nose dog, but is that possible? Could you train a dog to recognize and alert you to certain smells? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Robson on Jan 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Anisole is to anise seed as 2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline is to ???

Is there a descriptive list of aromatic compounds that is more complete than this wikipedia article? i.e. cis-3-Hexen-1-ol (fresh cut grass), Oct-1-en-3-one (blood, metallic, mushroom-like) [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Jan 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me sniff out the right wine aroma kit!

What wine smell kit do I need? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Dec 10, 2008 - 2 answers

My car vents stink. How can I get rid of the smell?

My car vents stink. How can I get rid of the smell? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Dec 8, 2008 - 8 answers

New house smells like...bread?! And what to do about it!

So, you all have been following my travails in Seattle living for a while now. In Craigslist, I thought I found the perfect room - furnished, nice roommate (who is also the landlord), clean, in a new house, and in a good location. But, the whole house smells like sweet, yeasty wheat bread, and my asthma is not amused. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Dec 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Do all London fridges stink?

I've searched supermarkets all over West London for something that'll de-stink my fridge. Bicarbonate of soda, branded products, I just can't seem to find it any more. Do you know where I can find some bicarbonate of soda or a similar fridge de-stinking product?
posted by almostwitty on Nov 25, 2008 - 13 answers

burping sulfur rotten egg smell

My husband has been burping with a sulfur/rotten egg smell attached. He also complained about being very gassy. I looked on Google and every article posted was from 2004. This is only the second time in his 42 years that he has experienced this. It usually lasts for 1 week. He takes high blood pressure meds, with high cholesterol meds. He needs a fast remedy, any ideas. Right now he is taking Peppermint Gels w/ginger and fennel oils (2xday) Thanks.
posted by kevnmo on Nov 12, 2008 - 23 answers

My feet stink!

My feet stink, all of a sudden, and I can't figure out why! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Anosmic reversal--can you smell again?

Are you or your child anosmic? As in can't smell anything? Have you found a way to reverse your condition? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson on Oct 24, 2008 - 23 answers

Phantom "green" smells.

Am I overly sensitive to a "green" chemical? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Nosefilter: what might be causing this (bad) smell?

Nosefilter: what might be causing the weird (bad) smell coming from my significant other's nose? I know you're not my doctor, but this funky mucus-y smell eminates from his nose every year starting around this time and gradually fades away in the spring/summer. Has anyone else encountered this? Any recommendations for home remedies or what specialist would be best suited to provide diagnosis (ENT)? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Oct 17, 2008 - 17 answers

What's that smell?

My apartment started smelling really bad two days ago. Like some kind of solvent or glue, a chemical smell, strong enough to give me a headache. Could the wood floors that were refinished a few months ago be causing it? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Oct 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Other than hope

What does Barack Obama smell like? [more inside]
posted by boy detective on Oct 7, 2008 - 22 answers

I want to heat and eat food not emit it.

How can I make sure my clothes and bedding don't smell like food if I'm cooking only a few feet away? [more inside]
posted by 913 on Oct 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Neglect my ride

How would you make a well-running car or pickup truck look, smell, and/or sound like an eyesore/deathtrap/junker without affecting its real abilities or safety? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Oct 2, 2008 - 31 answers

Shower causing bad smell

An extremely foul smell (not a shit smell -- I can't place it) has been starting up in my bathroom a short time after the shower is turned on. It doesn't seem to be the water itself that smells, but I can't tell where the smell comes from. When the shower is off, the smell eventually clears and doesn't return until the shower is turned on again. Any idea what could be going on?
posted by Cucurbit on Sep 28, 2008 - 21 answers

How to clean Musty Towels

How can I get this awful, musty smell out of my towels? [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Sep 17, 2008 - 20 answers

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