Household Odors: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

Guide to Household Odors

Scientists say that people can smell at least one trillion distinct scents, scent cells are renewed every 30 to 60 days, and women have a better sense of smell than men. Combine all those things together with a house full of people and there is potential for A LOT of odors. On top of all that we know that scent is a powerful memory trigger, and we ...

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Can This Smelly Freezer Be Saved?

how to save a smelly freezer

Dear Home-Ec 101, Help! Due to a series of unfortunate events, my small chest freezer (that sits under the house) was left unplugged for 3 WEEKS! Of course the entire inventory was a total loss, but the real problem is the SMELL. It really smelled like something died down there, and it permeated the house for a couple of days.I have cleaned, ...

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More on Mildew – The Basement Is Damp

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Dear Home Ec 101,When I am in the basement, my allergies kick in, immediately, with all the typical allergy symptoms! It may be associated with dampness in an 1880's basement. We keep it very clean, and no moisture seems to be present, except on a wall or two in which the paint is affected.Signed, Sneezing in SnellingHeather ...

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Another Case of Musty Odors

remove musty odor from drawers

Dear Home Ec 101, The problem in our family is confined to specific cotton undershirts and one specific dresser drawer. It does not matter how we wash the shirts. We've soaked, used vinegar, borax, triple rinsed, air dried for a week, used the gas dryer and everything is fine until the shirts are put in a closet or that one drawer. Note, nothing ...

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