I'm anosmic (born without the sense of smell) and I have weird smell-related questions pop into my head sometimes. Usually I ask whoever's around, but it's late and no one is presently available so I'm turning to you: how much meat has to be in food to be able to smell that there's meat involved? [more inside]
We had a house guest who loved cologne and left his bedroom smelling of it. Even with the bedding, mattress, and dresser drawers removed from the room, the smell persists, and it's strongest around the dresser, which is made of wood, as is the floor. I've tried regular wood cleaner and a vinegar-water solution on these, and have set a dish of coffee grounds on the dresser. Any other ideas?
I live in the UK and laundry here is just different from in the states for a number of reasons. I hang my laundry to dry, which mostly works fine except for my long-sleeved t-shirts, which always smell musty. I space them out all over the house, they feel totally dry and don't smell at all when I put them away, but a few days later when I pull one out to wear, they smell of mold. [more inside]
Help me find (or make) the perfect Christmas gift for my 3-year-old daughter: a collection of interesting scents. [more inside]
Picked up a preserved fruit called "honey wompee" at the Asian market. It smells exactly like something. Help me figure out what that something is. [more inside]
I was in a facility that tests a large number of blood samples for a series of diseases and other markers, across multiple testing instruments. I only walked as far into the lab as you can without PPE, but I could instantly smell something... astringent, that feels like it got way up in my sinuses even a few hours later. [more inside]
I know it may be a ridiculous question, but I have to ask. How do smells pass through walls? I recently transferred into a new apartment (same building, different unit), and I'm getting crazy smells coming through the walls from a neighboring unit. Common sense tells me that the walls are insulated at least enough that when a neighbor makes dinner, the smell shouldn't immediately flood into my apartment unless there are gaps somewhere. The smells aren't coming through windows or doors, and the construction in my building is... weird. [more inside]
We recently returned from a three-week trip to find our house smells likes cat pee. Please help us restore it back to its (relatively) smell-free state! [more inside]
Western exposure, hot sun, polluted air, old masonry - Summer brings good things, but also a terrible smell to my apartment. So I have an indoor air quality question. [more inside]
Can you remember any smells from your past that are hard or impossible to come by nowadays? Possibly due to advancing technology, but doesn't need to be. I.E. now that active phone booths are a rarity, the smell of heavily weather-beaten phonebooks is a thing of the past. Or, the smell of older printing presses. Or perhaps fragrant plants that have since been banned for whatever reason. Just a few examples; I'd love to hear what smells people miss that are hard to find now. Thanks!
My couch smells like curry after staying temporarily in a home that smells very strongly of curry. What's the best way to get the smell out? Is Febreeze going to work? [more inside]
Today, the property manager and animal control removed a raccoon from a wall in the house I'm renting. I have questions about the smell, and the health of the rightful human and cat occupants of the house. [more inside]
I'm a new home owner who wants to keep my house as free of dust, allergens and cat smells as possible. What kind of air purification system should I get? [more inside]
There's a mysterious metallic smell in a bedroom in my house. What is it and how do I get rid of it? [more inside]
I opened a package of Nabisco Nilla Wafers and they smelled strongly of paint. What caused that? [more inside]
Why is it that people have super-strong reactions to different types of sensory stimulants? Do you have any tales of experiencing strong reactions to visual art as opposed to sounds and smells? [more inside]
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]
For years I've noticed a weird smell when driving south on I-5 in Seattle, just south of the West Seattle Bridge. It's precisely the smell I've always associated with worn brake pads– since there are a number of small manufacturing businesses along that stretch, I've just assumed one of them was making something stinky. Well, now I live on Beacon Hill a few hundred yards from that spot, and we smell it ALL THE TIME. What is that smell, and could it be a health issue? Thanks!
How do I change the way my apartment smells? I'm in a long-term sublet. The place has a kind of dankness to it that I find less than ideal. It's not a bad smell, it's just kind of stifling. [more inside]
What is this strange smell sensation that happens to me every Fall around this time? [more inside]
What are the best candles out there for making my home smell like a forest? [more inside]
Which chains have trademark smells? [more inside]
Need the archetypal examples of various fragrance families, as well as a place to sample 'em on the cheap. [more inside]
I need advice on cleaning a seasoned cast iron skillet: how to remove lingering odor without damaging the pan. [more inside]
Dead Mouse Smell at a Dinner Party: "Why, yes, our home does have its own supply of L'Eau de Souris"
We're having a dinner party tomorrow night, and now it seems there's a dead mouse in one of our walls. What can we do to mitigate the smell? We can't go into the walls. [more inside]
How do I cancel out really pungent odors left behind by someone's cooking? [more inside]
Is there any such thing as something that smells 'bad' to a dog? [more inside]
Bad smells filter through the heating system in my building, meaning that my apartment - and by extension, me - smell like these bad smells (cigarette smoke + other). Help us both to smell like something more pleasant? [more inside]
I have a traditional chinese thermos like this one with a wooden stopper. How do I get the smell out? My water tastes like wood.
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]
This morning my husband and I woke up to discover that seemingly overnight our house has begun to reek of what I can only describe as a strong burning hair smell. We haven't started using our heater or anything like that yet, and nothing has changed in our daily routine. Any suggestions on what might produce such an aroma?
Can I salvage a working window-unit Air Conditioner that smells like the previous user's home cooking? [more inside]
I managed to spill clam chowder in my beautiful new purse. It smells awful. How do I fix it? [more inside]
Bad house smell has come on strong and suddenly. What is it? It's giving me a headache but my dogs don't even seem to notice it. [more inside]
What scents are good at minimizing/masking/neutralizing cigarette smoke? [more inside]
Please make my mice go away! (Keep the husband, lose the mice.) [more inside]
Help me work out a solution to the reek of my semi-gloss paper. It's stinking up my small bachelor apartment. [more inside]
Why the heck does plastic packing tape smell like vinegar? [more inside]
The salon next door is leaking fumes into my projection booth. Am I going to die? [more inside]
Why do my plastic containers smell like garbage after I mix protein shakes in them? [more inside]
How can I identify a bad sewage smell in my living room? [more inside]
The server room at work has two air-conditioner units for controlling the atmosphere in the place. There's a key on the door, and only five of us can enter. About an hour ago, while changing backup tapes, I got a whiff of the smell of baked potatoes. Now the smell of baked (or boiled?) potatoes is really strong. What the hell's going on? [more inside]
How do I remove awful, greasy restaurant smells from my clothing? I work eight hours a day at a small, enclosed cafe. I come home smelling of this particular mixture of grease and cafe food (not in a delicious way). It comes off of me in the shower--but after eight months of this the smell seems to be inexorably attached to my clothing. How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
I smell dead people. No one else can smell them. It happens at random and lasts for a day a two and then goes away. Am I crazy are have some of you experienced this too? [more inside]
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]
Getting "OLD" moist smell out of fabric? [more inside]
So I got this beautiful antique chest of drawers which is perfect except that it stinks, really badly...please help. [more inside]
Does the smell of cinnamon really neutralize the smell of decay? [more inside]
I spilled a bunch of gas in my car. The smell--apparently--does not dissipate even with the windows rolled down. Any ideas?
What causes "old lady smell"? [more inside]
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