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How can I get the smell of garlic off my hands?

I've been peeling and chopping garlic, and now my hands stink of it. I can wash my hands with soap, but no matter how hard I scrub the smell persists, sometimes for up to a day or two. How do I get ...
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How to get cat urine smell out of wooden floors?

Sometime ago I bought an old house that had soft wood floors. Half the house had carpet. The person that had lived there before had cats, and the carpeted area of the house had a strong cat urine ...
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How to remove smell from a new water bottle?

The new bottle has got a weird smell. I kept the bottle without lid from some time but that didn't help much. It is a plastic bottle. I washed it with plain water. What is a quick solution to ...
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How can I fill the house with a pleasant smell at the last minute?

We have some guests coming over in an hour and I'd like to have our house to have a pleasant smell when they arrive. However, we don't have any air fresheners or anything like that on hand and I have ...
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How can I quickly eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke in a confined space?

When somebody smokes in my car or a room of my home, the smell lasts for days to weeks. How can I quickly remove that smell? I've tried using basic air fresheners, but they only put a bandaid on the ...
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Diesel fuel smell out of clothing?

I recently used the diesel pump on a frigid morning and got fuel on my polar fleece (synthetic material) gloves. I have soaked them, washed them normally, washed them in the dishwasher, soaked them in ...
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How to remove garlic smell from my mouth

I eat garlic sometimes with my meal but after that my breath remains bad for long time. I tried to use toothpaste, orange juice, and chewing gum, but can't remove the smell for a day. Can somebody ...
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How to protect your shoes from bad smell?

I have leather shoes (but others are affected by this as well); whenever I wear them for sufficiently long time (say, one hour), my socks, shoes, and feet smell bad. It makes me uncomfortable - e.g. I ...
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Smell bad but no deodorant

If I ever smell bad because of a physical activity or just in general, and I have no deodorant available, what could I do to reduce or perhaps even eliminate the smell? I know people most likely want ...
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How can I reduce the chlorine smell on my skin after swimming?

I swim laps in a chlorinated pool, and even after a soapy shower, I have a slight chlorine smell on my skin for the next day. I've tried lathering up extra and leaving the lather on my skin for a ...
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Prevent Smelly Sponges

Our daily dish washing sponge starts smelling awful within a few days of use. How do you prevent that? I would hope they'd last at least a couple weeks. We use Scotch-Brite Greener Clean for non-stick....
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How can I get rid of my sneakers' stench?

I have basketball shoes that have a putrid smell and I can barely stand it. Besides the smell, the shoes are in pretty good shape and I hope to keep them a bit longer. So far I have tried washing ...
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How to get rid of smell from kitchen trash?

The trash is a handy appliance that helps keep things clean and tidy in the kitchen. However, it can become a problem when it starts to smell due to spoiled food or other bacteria that increase after ...
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How to remove “wet dog” smell from washed dishes?

Quite often my dishes after washing have a rather unpleasant smell that I can only compare to the smell of a wet dog. For a longer while I thought it's just me, until I Googled "wet dog smell ...
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How to kill the stink in an unplugged refrigerator?

There is a refrigerator that has been left with food in it and without electricity for some time, opening the door is 'unpleasant'. It either needs to be cleaned and restored to service or it needs ...
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How to quickly remove odors from the air?

This questions is regarding the removal or covering up of a bad smell in the air quickly - specifically, a misjudged moment of flatulence. I'm sure everyone has done it, you've been in a room alone ...
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How to Get Rid of Smell in a Refrigerator?

How do you get rid of the mixture of smells in a refrigerator (Not Unplugged) so that other items don't inherit their nasty smell? I have heard of baking soda, but are there other techniques?
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How to clean hands after fishing

whenever I go fishing I have to handle the bait (usually squid or prawns) which ends up leaving my hands stinking heavily of fish, even after washing them. I wash my hands with soap and water and ...
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How to Not Smell Like Feces without Bathing?

I'm a bit lazy about bathing, so sometimes I'll go a week without cleaning myself. I counteract BO by avoiding manual labor, so that I don't break a sweat; I also use deodorant and cologne. However, ...
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How to find if I have bad breath

I want to check if after eating some kind of food my breath has become bad. In most of these situations I don't feel my breath as bad, because I have used to it and don't find it unpleasant. The ...
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How can I remove the smell of spoiled milk from my fridge?

Someone in my house apparently forgot about a gallon of milk in the fridge for a few months, and now the fridge smells really bad. How can I get rid of this smell, aside from the obvious "throw out ...
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How do I get rid of smoke smell

I live in a town house and my garage connects to my neighbors and shares a wall. My neighbors are always smoking in their garage all the time and now the smell is wafting into my garage. It is ...
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How to stop rim of water bottle becoming smelly?

I have a water bottle that I use pretty much every day. Admittedly I don't wash it all that often just purely because I don't feel like it / forget when I am home and just want to relax. I have ...
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How to remove foot stink?

Every morning I have a bath and leave for work. Recently during rainy season my feet start to stink once I reach my work. As its an AC environment, the smell is prominent, which is kind of ...
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How to remove tuna oil from backpack?

So despite me telling her a thousand times not to use the crappy plastic food containers, my sister still put my lunch into a crappy plastic food container. My lunch consisted of tuna and had quite a ...
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Stopping an incense stick from burning

Sometimes one would like to stop a burning incense stick after a while, before it is completely consumed. If you don't want to keep around it to, for example, put it under water, you can always break ...
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How to remove a urine smell from a bathroom?

I have started noticing an unpleasant urine smell coming from my bathroom and initially thought it was someone living with me being careless with their streaming but later found out that the behind ...
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Rehydrate gel air-freshener

I've noticed that when gel air fresheners dry out there is still a fair amount of aroma in the now solidified block if you smell it close up. I assume that they work by carrying that aroma when the ...
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How to get rid of bad odour coming out of a water bottle?

Apart from cleaning water bottle daily with hot water, a bad odor always remains. Are these some kind of bacteria harmful to our health? How to get rid of this bad odor and have a fresh smell from ...
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Things that I can use in my office to remove the strong smell in my tumbler

As the title says, how can I easily remove the strong coffee smell in my tumbler? Most of the time I used this tumbler for coffee here in my office,but there are also times that I want it to used in ...
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Prevent wearables from smelling like body odor

I wear a Fitbit all day, every day - including obviously when I work out, given that's largely what it's meant to track! Recently I've noticed its started smelling like, well, BO. Both the band (...
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How do I remove a musty smell from my books?

There are two types of musty smell in books: "Ah, this book has probably been in this library for 50 years. Just imagine the information it contains." "Hm, I probably shouldn't have left this book in ...
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How can I neutralize the odours of certain washing detergents?

Brands of clothes washing detergents such as Tide, Gain, and Downey contain a strong chemical odour which is offensive to me. No amount of airing-out will diminish this odour. Things washed using ...
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How can I get rid of the fumes from a new rug?

I hesitated to use the word “fumes”, but I’m really quite certain that’s what they are. I just got a new 8’ x 10’ rug from rugsusa.com and it’s spreading intense fume smells across my whole main floor ...
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How can I store a specific smell the easiest way?

For a project at school, a room where you can change the smell easily (in order to make you feel like you were on a mountain, in the city, or in a stable), I need some material which "stores" smell ...
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Eliminate smoke smell from BBQ out of clothing

I was at a BBQ and because of some stronger wind, there was a lot of smoke from the fire so now my clothing is smelling after it. Are there any quick solutions to get the smell of smoke out of ...
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How to reduce morning breath with night guard use

I grind my teeth at night pretty bad so I have a night guard. I use the fizzing denture cleaning tablets and brush the night guard with my toothbrush -- It doesn't taste bad when I put it in, but in ...
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How to stop a trashbin from stinking [duplicate]

Okay, so we have bin collection once a week. For clarity sake, this is what our bin looks like: So basically, occasionally the bag wears out and we loosen it so that it gets thrown out when the ...
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How to remove rotten meat odour from the fridge?

My friend forgot to trash meat from the fridge before the long school holiday. After 3 weeks I returned to find the bad rotten meat left inside the fridge. Currently, I am alone in the house so ...
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The smell of metal (mainly brass)

I have a spinning top and the handle is made out of brass. Keeping it around with me all day results in my hands smelling of brass. Any way to reduce that effect, or eliminate it completely?
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Keep that fungus smell out of your home this monsoon

In the monsoons the air is very humid , moist and warm – the perfect atmosphere for fungi and molds to grow. Fungi and molds not only leave behind an annoying smell but can be effect the health, they ...
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How to improve air quality in an old storage room?

I am forced to use an old storage room for work as there is some really loud construction work going on in an adjacent building, located near my current working room. The problem is that the storage ...
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How to deep-wash a backpack?

I have a 9 year old Wenger Swiss Gear laptop backpack, used it almost daily, but it held up really well- only a couple very-small tears and the colors faded. (https://amzn.com/B0007QCT0G) But it has ...
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How to keep smelling fresh without perfume

I have a unknown allergy to perfumes. My breathing gets blocked from my nose up if someone near me wears perfume. I am okay with mild to low perfume. But sometimes I feel I am not that fresh, and ...
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Removing bad smell of constant use cotton clothes

Have here several cotton clothes that due to constant use, keeps with bad smell, even after washing. After been washed, when it's used, after a few minutes it begans to smell bad again. Already ...
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How to deodorize the bad odour in footwear due to wetness?

During rainy season, footwear is often wet and due to moisture in air and cloudy weather, it takes time to dry. And it ends up with odour which is very unpleasant in nature.
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Deodorizing a smelly dishwasher

I recently moved into a new place with two others, and we've found our dishwasher to be unusually stinky. A day's worth of rinsed-off dishes is enough to get this really funky smell, completely unlike ...
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How can wood smoke smell be removed from clothing or helmet?

A friend of mine just returned from a 1600 mile motorcycle ride. His jacket and helmet are saturated with campfire smoke smell. It did not wash out. Is there any way to remove that wood smoke smell ...
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How do I get rid of the cold cigarette smell in a room?

I recently moved into a new apartment, during the visits everything was airy so I couldn't detect this problem, but after moving in, I quickly realized that the old tenants were smoking inside, ...
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Get rid of the smell after cooking fish

After cooking fish, it always smells for several days even with the window open. Is there any way to get rid off the smell faster?