Why Guys Stink And Girls Don’t – Just A Few Reasons!
17-Mar / Clean / 1 COMMENTS
There is no getting around it… guys stink! Everything about us. Our rooms, clothing, bedding, our hair (well, I’m not talking about me of course). If you don’t believe me walk into a bachelor pad and take a whiff. Then walk into a bachlorette pad and take a whiff. But guys don’t get offended; I am here to help. Having lived with both guy and girl roommates, I’ve unlocked the secrets to change this gender-biased curse. Men and women just do things a little differently. We all know this, right?
In The Bedroom
- Dirty Clothes – Women wash their clothes often, men not so much. We tend to let them sit until they grow mouths and ears. If you can’t wash your clothes often—say, at least once a week—make sure all the garments are at least dry (sweaty gym shorts, anyone?) before you place them in the hamper. If you don’t, this will cause mildew and create that all-too-familiar smell, kinda like dirty balls. Did I just say that? After you empty the clothes hamper to do the wash, spray a little Lysol in the hamper to freshen things up a bit. You can buy a drying rack or airer to air out your damp garments, just not the one pictured below!
- Bed Linens – A simple shower before bed can really help cut down on how often you need to change your sheets. I would still recommend changing your sheets once a week, but if you go to bed dirty you will wake up dirty, and your sheets will spoil fast. Duh!
- Dirty Dishes – Just don’t do it. Never leave dirty plates, glasses, saucers, cups, fast food bags (those really stink!), or any other perishable in your place of slumber. In fact, it’s best not to eat in your bedroom. Ever.
In The Closet
Gym Shoes – Women may have one or two pairs of sneakers; men have five to six pairs, which equals five or six times the funk. If you work up a sweat in your gym shoes, let them dry outside on a porch or balcony before storing them neatly in your closet. A quick spray of Lysol or a baking soda sprinkle every couple of days on old shoes will also help cut back on the bacteria that cause foot odor. Wearing cotton socks, rotating shoes and using recycled silica packets (the ones you get free with products to help prevent moisture – save them) also help. Yeah, you can reuse them!
- Laundry – Guys can be infamous for this: You got impatient at the laundromat, chose not to spend the extra quarter in the dryer and left with damp clothing. Never, ever store those damp clothing in the closet, even though they are clean. This will cause mildew. Hang dry those garments in the bathroom. Also, while you’re still at the laundromat, adding a little fabric softener liquid in the spin cycle never hurt anyone either. Most people forget so I suggest using this handy little Downey Ball – I swear to you it works…
In The Bathroom/ On The Body
- Bath Time – Women revel in the time they get to take a bath. They tend to make an event of it. They use matching soaps and lotions followed by body sprays. Lots and lots and lots of body sprays. Did I mention body sprays? LOL. But these lotions and potions sure do the trick. The delicious smells linger and make any house smell like a vacation. Men on the other hand, tend to jump in and jump out of the shower, sometimes only showering because we know we have to. Why not try having a spa experience in your next shower? Bath and Body Works have a great line of affordable products for men. Buy a matching soap and lotion set and experience the enjoyment it brings to bath time. I just bought this SLEEP combo from Bath & Body Works. The charcoal packaging is very masculine looking. A visiting friend caught a whiff of me right out of the shower and exclaimed: “YOU SMELL SO GOOD!” – HELLO! It’s not always so much that we don’t know what to do, but often the
products on the market for us guys just stink (see first image at top). Trust me, and trust my friend, the SLEEP line doesn’t.
In The Kitchen
Leftovers – What you don’t eat in two days you should throw it out. And if you know you will never eat it, then don’t even save it. Next time, order a little less than you think you will eat—you’ll drop a few pounds and avoid garbage fridge syndrome. If you must save something be sure to wrap it securely and mark the date you are placing it in the fridge. Freezer tape works well for labeling foods. Visit ziploc.com, click on Shelf Life 101 for a guide on how long you can save foods in your fridge, freezer and shelves. Image from pickyourown.com
- Spills – Just because you clean something up doesn’t mean you actually clean it up. Pre-moistened wipes or a simple all-purpose-cleaner should be used to clean everyday spills. Spills equal smells unless you really clean it up.
There you have it. A little insight to why guys stink and how to fix it. I Dare You To Be Domestic!