We're expecting our second child in the next couple of weeks, and I (foolishly) stored the co-sleeper/bassinet that we used with our first in the basement for the last two years. Now it smells musty. I need as benign a solution to the odor as possible. I don't want to put a newborn in a musty bassinet to sleep, but I also don't want to use harsh chemicals on something where she'll spend several hours a night (fingers crossed). What will work best? Will one of those passive odor absorbers like an air sponge, or that German metal thingie be sufficient, or do I need to use something that I actually apply to the surface fabric?
Is it possible to make Indian food without smelling up the joint? [more inside]
What's a good system for gettin' some essential oils smell action in my apartment? I've been reading about the benefits of certain smells to concentration and relaxation and would like to get my smell on. [more inside]
There's a burning smell coming from our GE electric clothes dryer. Anything a layman can do to troubleshoot and fix it? [more inside]
Yuck! The boat I'm working on has a sewage problem. The smell in my bunk room is really bad. Are there any health risks associated with this?
Why does one corner of my house smell like natural gas? Especially when there are no leaks in the house?
I've had a persistent natural gas smell in my house for the past 10 days. The power company shut it off for about 5 days, my landlord went through two times with a plumber to find any potential leaks, and then had to get a city inspector to verify that there are no leaks. So the gas is back on and it's still smells - what's going on and how do I stop it? [more inside]
I got some bleach on my mattress and it stinks. How can I de-stinkify it? [more inside]
There is a stretch of highway 25 in Wareham, MA (south of Route 195) that consistently smells like garlic, and I have no idea why or where the smell is coming from. [more inside]
As a guy, how do you smell really good without the use of cologne? Some people, I've noticed, have a great fresh smell to them, but I'm not sure how they get it. I try using scented soaps, but it doesn't give nearly as strong an effect. Is it lotion? Does skin type matter?
Cologne picking advice: it can't be as simple as "just pick what your like" or "bring a girl with you and buy what she likes"... can it?
How to deodorize a smelly second-hand book? [more inside]
For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
What might be the cause of my cat's new odor? [more inside]
What would cause my face to...smell? [more inside]
Why do rotten onions sometimes smell good? [more inside]
My man crevices smell of yeast but it's not acting like a topical yeast infection. It won't go away and the dermatologist was useless. Helllp! [more inside]
How can I de-funkify stinky towels & clothing items? [more inside]
What else can be sensed passively? [more inside]
I feel that there is a huge difference in the intensity of smell (fruits, vegetables, flowers) and taste (most fruits and vegetables) compared to here in the U.S. and in India where I grew up. Is it just nostalgia? [more inside]
Looking for a new kind of relaxation technique. I'm thinking something sensory, no drugs or tobacco. I thought first of incense. A) What's your experience with using incense to relax? B) Is there anything that provides a similar experience? More parameters inside. [more inside]
How can I make my car smell better? I have recently been passed partial stewardship of a family car and I want to fix it up. It's a good car, but recently it's had some window issues that have, in turn, led to some smell issues. [more inside]
My cat loves to smell my eye. [more inside]
How can I get the poop off my cat? [more inside]
We just moved in to a new apartment with a gas stove/range. When we run the oven, even though the pilot light is lit and it heats up, there is a strong gas smell. We freaked out and turned it off but is this dangerous? Is it possible that it just smells of gas right away but it would dissipate in a few minutes? I would call the landlord right away but we already called with a laundry list of problems today so I'd like to avoid a follow up if at all possible.
Vitamin supplements stink. Do I stink too? [more inside]
We just bought a house with a separate, finished apartment. The apartment turns out to have a smell, and we can't figure out where it's coming from. The smell is bad: part must, part mildew, and part warmed catfood. So my questions are: 1. Does this smell sound familiar to anyone? (As in, "Oho, that's plainly mildew he's talking about; he should check the blah blah!") 2. Ways to pinpoint an ambient smell? I am going under the apartment this afternoon :( but if I i don't find any carcasses under there, I am out of moves.
What makes the fragrance and taste of a banana change so drastically when turning from pre-ripe to spotty? [more inside]
What is the smell in my car? [more inside]
I put cow manure in my garden. Now our backyard smells like crap. Is it going to smell like this all summer? Is there anything I can do to make the smell go away faster? [more inside]
My kitchen sink drain stinks! I've tried a couple of different things to fix it, and done some Googling, but the stench remains. Help! [more inside]
How do I get the smell out of the plastic cases i just bought? [more inside]
How do I reverse engineer a scent? [more inside]
Know of any car care specialists in or around Brooklyn that can make my car stop smelling so bad? [more inside]
Someone in my apartment building is smoking/making/cooking something that causes my girlfriend, daughter and I to cough. Any idea what it might be and what I could do about it? [more inside]
There's a very faint smell in my bedroom. I can't track down the source. Does anyone have any tips for tracing down the source of odours? [more inside]
How can I stop cats from pissing on the outside of my house? [more inside]
Can you describe what mold smells like without using the word musty? [more inside]
Are there any ways in which people focus on enjoying the sense of smell, by itself, solely for the leisure/pleasure aspect of the sensation? If not.. why? [more inside]
Tips for getting a sick pussycat on a feeding tube to eat by mouth again (and a cautionary tale)? [more inside]
Coffee Filter: I was given a small espresso machine for Christmas. How do I get rid of the "new machine" smell? [more inside]
I recently bought a gorgeous new brown suede blazer in Sweden. It fits perfectly and it is my new favourite jacket apart from one thing - it reeks of suede/leather. Not just a subtle odour, but a full on beefy smell that smacks you in the face. Even to the point where other people comment on it. Nothing else I have ever owned has done this, is there anything I can do to rescue it? Even Febreze has been outclassed!
For a lot of people, a particular aroma can be a strong trigger for memory. I don't think it works in reverse: why is this? [more inside]
Anyone know how can I make my travel coffee mug not stink of old coffee? I have a fancy, semi-new travel mug made of some almost indestructible hard plastic. It's great, except for the surprisingly strong stink of old coffee and cream, which seems to have permeated it permanently. This is particularly a problem with the soft plastic seal around the lid. [more inside]
We have a large closet in our apartment that has always smelled of cat urine. Despite taking every measure we possibly could to eliminate the odor, it still smells, 2 years later. Is there anything left to try? [more inside]
How to get turpentine and its smell out of a worn-out old cork floor? [more inside]
My six-month old Scion had smelled like moldy laundry ever since I turned on the heat this Fall. What is going on and how can I fix it or more precisely, how can I get Toyota to fix it? [more inside]
LosAngeles-talk: what's that strange, "burnt-toast" smell at night? [more inside]
I have a funky smell coming from a pipe in my apartment. What is it, and what can I do? [more inside]
My landlords turned on the heat in my building, and now my room smells funny. They say that it's nothing, but I'm kinda worried. [more inside]
What are you supposed to do if you have to burp? Say you are at a pub sitting at a table with some people drinking a pint and the beer makes you need to burp regularly. I've done the ol' burp with the mouth closed and let it out through the nose, but I thought I'd ask MeFi. [more inside]