I am a non-smoker who is stuck living in a smoky rental house. Sinus problems and health risks aside, I have a sensitive nose and would just like to smell something else for a change. Does anyone have tips to minimize the smell other than Febrezing the crap out of everything?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of odors posts.
My husband and I have just bought a lovely flat. Our ground floor unit is rather cool and definitely a bit soggy in the bathroom. Any advice for drying out a place (apart from heaters), or keeping mould away?
I live about six miles from work and I really really want to bike. I mean, it wouldn't take much longer to bike than it would to drive that distance. The trouble is that there is no shower at my office — so I would have to work stinky all day… and that's not really going to fly. Does anybody have no-shower solutions, post-biking to work?
I sweat a lot, but I try to avoid aluminum-based deodorants/antiperspirants. But I'm a teacher and I usually resort to Secret or something else standard on the days that I'm teaching (teacher pit stains are the worst!). Sometimes even that doesn't cut it. I would love to hear about other Homies' antiperspirant solutions — particularly of the offbeat or non-aluminum based variety.
We have reached a point in our home where "blaming it on the dog" has become a regular activity. Harley is an eight-year-old shepherd mix that, up until a few months ago, was super-active. After injury and rehab, he's doing great, but the months of inactivity have not gotten along with his digestive tract. For the past few weeks my partner and I have been keeping magazines close at hand to fan noxious odors in the other direction, keeping oil burners going almost 24/7, and banish our loving friend to other parts of the house. We've had to even go as far as to sleep with the window open (in March!) to avoid finding ourselves being woken up in a gas chamber. I know Harley's food had a major role in his digestive distress but unfortunately due to a special diet and picky eating on his part, changing his food was not an option. So what to do… Thank gawd for Google!
Background information: all the Empire staff got a little Squees in our welcome bags. We each pulled out our Squees and compared: Megan took a whiff of one: "Ew, this smells like a wet hippie." Ariel snatched away the vial, inhaled, and cried: "OMG IT TOTALLY SMELLS LIKE A WET HIPPIE. I love it!"
I think that's a pretty good introduction to ZOMG Smells.