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this question made me laugh because it hit so close to home. During college I sometimes went over a month without showering ~:) here are my tips wear clean clothes! often times I find that it is actually my clothes that smell not me when you get home for the day, get naked. the exposure to the air will dry off the sweat and stop it from "brewing" dust the ...


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There is something I learned of my granny. Around Christmas people around here plug whole cloves into an orange: Image Source Place this orange in any room and it will soon spread the scent of oranges and carnation. I must say however that not everybody (including me) likes this smell too much.


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Unfortunately, you can't. I've had experience in this area. We had a similar problem, and when we talked to cleaning professionals, they told us that if the wood is soaked with cat urine, the smell will never come out 100%. We were told we had two options. 1) reseal the wood (but this is not a permanent solution. Eventually the smell will seep through ...


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Don't let it touch your mouth while drinking. Wash it with vinegar to help further remove the smell from bacteria. This will also, to an extent, help prevent bacteria from building up again as quickly. Don't leave it somewhere warm, such as near a furnace vent. Bacteria grow best in warm, dark, and damp places, which also leads me to... If you don't wash it ...


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Just take a shower. Please. Even if you are lazy about bathing, if you are experiencing the problems that you described in your question, it will take less time and effort to alleviate your olfactory issues by bathing relative to any other conceivable workaround.


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A great way to create a pleasant smell is to take a couple of caps (not cups) of vanilla and place them in an oven-safe mug or something similar. Then place it in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for around an hour. In about 20 minutes the rooms nearby should start to fill with the pleasant smell of vanilla! If you're looking to create a different type of smell, ...


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Most of the time when I am going to a long long vacation I just unplugged my refrigerator (making sure that it is empty first) while leaving only maybe 5-10 pieces of charcoal inside the refrigerator by putting them in a newspaper (make sure that the newspaper are open). It is said that the charcoal eliminates odor effectively. By searching it I realized ...


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Things that should work: Eat an Apple Of all the foods, raw apple was found to be particularly effective - indeed, study author Sheryl Barringer says this is what she reaches for after eating garlic. Professor Barringer, of Ohio State University’s department of food science and technology, suggests apples may help by 'deodorising' the enzymes ...


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Go to your local animal care facility and purchase any enzymatic based urine cleaner for dogs or cats. This works well on human urine stains too.


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Baking Soda washes and soaks. If you wash you hands in baking soda mixed with a strong smelling soap this should eliminate the smell. Try mixing the baking soda with dish soap or other odor cancelling soaps. Beside that I would say strong smelling soap, like Peppermint, Spearmint or similar. From this site: They say use coffee and stainless steel, but ...


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A simple box of matches - not the ones with red tips (although these are better than nothing), you need the black or brown tipped ones; in the UK, that's ordinary safety matches. Strike one immediately after releasing your flatulence, and no, it doesn't have to be in the region of your backside, you're not trying to ignite anything, just strike it into the ...


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The trick that I've always used is very simple and doesn't take up much time at all. Simply lick your wrist and wait ten seconds. Now you can just smell your wrist. That's what your breath smells like.


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Baking Soda If this is just an occasional smoke, most of the smell left over is from smoke trapped in fabrics, such as carpets, curtains, etc. Sprinkling/rubbing baking soda into them can help neutralize the odor. For carpets (which will eliminate basically all the smell in most rooms), just sprinkle it over the carpet lightly. I typically then walk over ...


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These are some methods I use with references from a site. From mnn: Baking Soda: This works if you apply it to a dry surface. Over time you may have to have to reapply, but it works. Here is a recipe, but I just use plain baking soda: Using baking soda as a deodorant is a simple way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of ...


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Chlorine smell is due to the chlorine and chloramines layered on the skin after using the pool. So removing the chlorine and chloramines contents are the solution to remove this smell. As soon as you exit from the pool, stand in the hot shower with the max temperature you can for at least 2-3 mins. Then lather with your regular natural soap for some time, ...


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Wash it with hot soapy water then leave to drip dry. If, when dry, the smell remains then fill with water and put in the fridge for 24+ hours. This should remove the smell. Always make sure when not in use that the lid stays off. Keep the bottle somewhere cool and dry when not using and without the lid on.


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Here are some ways to make your urine removal more effective, distilled from this answer on Pets Stack Exchange. Use a product (whether shop-bought or homemade) that breaks down the urine, not just kills the microbes that are acting on the urine. If you just kill the microbes, but don't break down the urine, more microbes will move in later and work on the ...


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Here are some ideas: If you're cooking dinner for your guests, start before they arrive. This means the house will smell nice when they get there, and as a bonus, you'll have less time you have to spend in the kitchen whilst they're present. Warm an orange in the oven or microwave (use a low setting in the microwave - you don't want it to explode!) and ...


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I noticed a kitchen supplies site that had a small egg shaped object made of stainless steel for the purpose of removing garlic smell. Apparently you rubbed the stainless in your hands. Since we found that steel wool pads made of stainless steel last better than Brillo types, we use that in the kitchen so we started touching our stainless steel wool to our ...


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Try the cheapest alcohol gel you can find (hand sanitizer from the 99 cent store) That will kill the bacteria in an instant, instead of just masking their smell I use it on all sorts of clothing when washing is not an immediate option, and never had any problems with dye fading, or anything like that...


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In order to answer your question the first thing we need is to consider what causes your shoes in becoming bad in smell. Based on this link it states: Shoe odor is actually caused by the feet, namely, the bacteria that live on human skin. These bacteria in the sweat produced by humans are part of the body’s cooling mechanism. If you are in a tropical ...


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According to this article titled "how to get rid of trash can smell" it is not an easy task. Recommended to get rid of the odour listed in order of effectiveness Cleaning up the trash can with soap and water, using a hose outside, leaving the can in the sun to dry. Sunshine will kill the microorganisms that cause that trashy smell. Use Charcoal The ...


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Another suggestion would be to freeze the bottle with water and lemon juice inside it, after all has frozen you'll need to empty the bottle and wash with warm soapy water and rinse well.


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Brass musical instruments are coated with clear lacquer to prevent contact with skin acids from corroding the metal -- and it's corrosion products left on your skin that you're smelling. You should be able to eliminate the smell on your hands by thoroughly cleaning the brass on the top (soft scouring powder such as Bon Ami, a careful rinse, followed by ...


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The human nose is extremely sensitive for the chemicals causing the smell of rotten meat as it has been a decisive evolutionary advantage to smell when meat has gone off and is not fit for consumption any more, even when faced with starvation. For this reason it is also near impossible to cover up these smells with other flavours. Also you wouldn't want your ...


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I will just go to a public restroom and wipe my armpits with a paper towel. If you happen to have baby or body powder with you, that will also help. Changing your shirt can also help.


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I have heard the story of Real Estate agents that bake a batch of cookies in the oven at the house they are going to show for an "open house". (I am not certain if this is a myth or fact, but the theory seems sound.) Not only would this fill the house with a pleasant, and tasty smell, the theory is that it makes the house they are showing more appealing and ...


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I want to add that most of the time the bad breath from garlic is not caused from residue in your mouth but rather from the digestion of the garlic. Sulfur containing compounds from the garlic (and other smelling food) like allicin are broken down in your stomach and liver... and result in sulfur compounds in your body. A lot of these compounds leave the ...


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Run them through the laundry. Use the washing machine on it's longest, hottest cycle, and same with the dryer. They can be run with a load of laundry, they don't have to be alone. Do this regularly, like you would with dishcloths and such. Other things (like dishcloths) would also get smelly if they weren't run through the laundry on a regular basis.


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My hubby was a diesel mechanic for years. All I had to do was wash his clothes in Tide to remove the smell. However, since using detergent hasn't worked for you, try what a friend of ours had to do. He had to soak his clothing in vinegar, completely immersing, letting them dry and then washing. Hope this helps.


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