Sweaty boy smell… need I say more?
Sorry you weren’t eating were you?
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1. Fresh flowers
Lovely smelling blooms:
- Sweet pea
2. Freshen sheets with essential oils
- If you use a clothes dryer, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to an old face washer and throw it into the dryer with your sheets. The heat of the dryer will diffuse the scent and transfer it to your sheets.
- If you line dry, fill a spray bottle with water and add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil. Give the bottle a good shake and spritz the damp sheets with your fragrant mix. You can also use this spray on your mattress.
4. Freshen him up
It’s definitely a thing: Teen boys and hygiene: Save us from the stink!
5. Use a fabric freshener spray
Freshen up the soft furnishings in your son’s room by spraying the crap out of them with a fabric deodoriser like Febreeze. Curtains, pillows, linen, cushions and carpets can become stale long before they are due to be washed, so a quick freshen up makes sense right? Right.
Besides any one who has ever had a disaster when it comes to cleaning upholstery and curtains (like I have) will tell you that this is a far less painful way of freshening things up and you can use it safely on couches, curtains, rugs and cushions.
6. Sweet-smelling pillows
7. Add indoor plants
Plants are natural deodorisers, so add one to your kid’s bedroom and let it go to work. Madonna lillies, palms and orchids are some of the best natural air purifiers.
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8. Dab vanilla extract on light bulbs
9. Remove the source
Let it be known I am not suggesting you pack up your sons and shove them out the front door… although I’d be lying if I said the thought hasn’t crossed my mind. Anything to get rid of the boy smell, right? Jokes!
What I mean look for the source of the smell and peg it. Is your son shoving dirty undies and socks under the bed? Piling his laundry in a heap behind the door? Failing to use soap in the shower or deodorant each day, four times a day preferably?
Have ‘the chat’ about personal hygiene with him again and see what you can do to make him more mindful of where he, ah, shoves his stink.
10. Make your own room deodoriser
You can leave a bowl of deodoriser on a shelf in your son’s room. Or sprinkle it on the carpet or mattress, leave for 10 minutes, then vacuum.
Boy smell can be hard to eliminate, but with these strategies, your home should soon be smelling much better!
Um, do girls actually smell as much as boys?