Snips and snails and puppy dog tails might be what little boys are made of, at least according to that old nursery rhyme. But I can guarantee that’s not how they smell. Let’s face it, boys are stinky!
All you have to do is take one step into my eight-year-old son’s room, and you’ll wrinkle your nose at the variety of odors wafting through. It’s like entering a life-sized dirty gym locker — a rancid combination of perspiration, humidity, sports equipment, dirty clothes, and sneakers. It’s a unique odor combination that can only come from a boy’s room. I’m not looking forward to when he’s a teenager because, at this rate, I’m going to need to wear a hazmat suit to enter!
Keeping the house, and especially my son’s room, smelling fresh and clean is a daily struggle. So this month’s “5 Things You Need to Know About…” is devoted to solutions that have worked for me to get rid of that “boy smell” in the house, but in particular, his bedroom!
1. Keep the room clean. Now when I say clean, I don’t mean neat. While it would be wonderful if my son picked up all his LEGOs off the floor, didn’t fling his comic books all over his room and put away his colored pencils, I’ll take what I can get and just be happy that he limits his mess to his own room! I’m talking about washing his sheets, blankets, pillow cases and comforters once a week on an allergen cycle to get rid of dirt and stains and eliminate any lingering germs and smells. Vacuuming his floor weekly (the only time he makes sure all his LEGOs are off the floor!) and using a wet rag with an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down any hard surfaces such as door knobs, alarm clock, bookcase & desk.
2. Open the windows. Even if it’s super cold outside, I try to open his windows for at least 5 minutes of fresh air while I’m making his bed or putting away his clean clothes. I’ll also turn on the ceiling fan in his room to get the air circulating around. It’s amazing the wonders of opening the windows & airing out the room can do!
3. Don’t store shoes in the bedroom. Shoes, especially sneakers that have been worn all day at school, in the playground, in the dirt, and at sports activities are wet and stinky. Leave those sneakers in a closed closet overnight and everything in there will smell the same. I make him place his shoes, along with the rest of the family’s, on a tray near our front door. It also helps solve one problem in the morning, the inevitable question of “Mom, where are my shoes?!”
4. No food or drink in bedrooms. We try to keep this rule for the whole house and keep all the food/drink limited to the kitchen and dining room. I don’t have to worry about stains on his carpet, and I don’t have to worry about finding a moldy, petrified remnant of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich under his bed!
5. Cover it up. If all else fails, I use fragrance to help out. Now, when it comes to scenting my son’s room, I like to use a product that has a long-lasting freshness but doesn’t overpower your senses, especially those family members – like my son – who have sensitive noses. My boy also doesn’t want his room smelling all flowery and super sweet, but is okay with a clean, crisp and fresh scent.
That’s where Renuzit®’s new line of Sensitive Scents™ comes in, and they’re available in a few different options – an odor neutralizing spray, plug-in oils and an adjustable cone. There are also a few different scents to choose from – White Pear & Lavender™, Pure Ocean Breeze™, and Pure Water Blossom & Cucumber™.
I’ve hidden a Sensitive Scents™ Adjustable Cone in my son’s closet, up on one of his shelves right next to a canvas storage cube. It’s perfect for small spaces like a closet or bedroom. These cones last up to four weeks and are made with biodegradable gel.
For overall room fragrance, I use a scented oil into an outlet next to his bed. The Renuzit®’s Scented Oil Plug-Ins are also super convenient; they universally fit in any Glade® or Air Wick® warming unit.
My favorite though is the spray, which is great for “on-the-spot” odors such as musky fabrics and other unpleasant smells that suddenly pop up. I sometimes even squirt a little in my son’s sneakers if they’re extra stinky! Its instant spray action neutralizes odors with a knockout punch.
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Now it’s your turn to share. What’s the stinkiest room in your house?
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