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Q: The smell in my living room ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: The smell in my living room
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: adam-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 30 Oct 2002 08:00 PST
Expires: 29 Nov 2002 08:00 PST
Question ID: 93131
What's that smell?

Request for Question Clarification by tar_heel_v-ga on 30 Oct 2002 08:01 PST
Where in the living room is it the strongest?

Clarification of Question by adam-ga on 30 Oct 2002 08:15 PST
By my roommate.
Subject: Re: The smell in my living room
Answered By: cobrien-ga on 30 Oct 2002 08:42 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
If the smell is strongest near your roomate, then it’s probably a good
guess that he or she is the source of the smell.

You don’t mention whether the smell is bad, good, or just odd. I can
only presume that the smell isn’t pleasant, because otherwise you
would have no problem asking your roommate what was causing it. If
that is the case, check out the following links to personal hygiene


Rush-Presbyterian-StLuke’s Medical Centre

Good Medicine

They have some information on personal hygiene routines and body
odour. It may be that your roommate is unaware of the odour, whatever
is causing it, and may need some helpful tips. It may also be due to a
medical condition, such as excessive sweating, so tread carefully.

Certain foods can, when consumed, cause odours to be excreted through
pores in the body. A BBCi article on health states:
“Being overweight; eating foods such as onions, fish, garlic, and
spicy foods; exercise; anxiety; hot weather; and certain medical
conditions cause the body to sweat more.”

An advice section on the same Website also has the following
“What you eat can also contribute to body odour, as some foods contain
smelly chemicals which are secreted out in sweat. These include garlic
and many spices, particularly cumin.”
Having lived with a flatmate with dubious personal hygiene, I will say
that it is a subject best approached delicately and with sensitivity –
it may be embarrassing for both of you, but there is less chance that
feelings will be hurt and friendships irrevocably damaged if you
approach it in a nice manner.

I hope this helps!


Clarification of Answer by cobrien-ga on 30 Oct 2002 08:50 PST
Forgot to post my search strategy! 

"personal hygiene"
"body odour+food"

adam-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: The smell in my living room
From: voila-ga on 30 Oct 2002 10:08 PST
From Lynyrd Skynyrd's, "That Smell"

Misheard Lyrics:
The smell of gas around you
The smell of us around you

Correct Lyrics:
The smell of death surrounds you

Might check his pulse,
Subject: Re: The smell in my living room
From: banchan-ga on 30 Oct 2002 10:54 PST

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