Have you ever walked into your guy’s bedroom only to wrinkle your nose, declare a decided “Nope!” and head right out the door? What in the world is lurking in there that would cause such a funky-pungent smell? And how is he not bothered by it?
Multiple studies suggest women have a sharper, more refined sense of smell (and every other sense) than men. This likely explains why the three-day-old sweat-absorbed workout clothes laying on his carpet makes our eyes burn, but presents no offensive odor at all to him.
Hopefully our recent article about convincing him to stay the night has relieved you of the assault on your senses a few nights of the week. But you can’t avoid staying at his place forever. That’s why we’ve come up with some easy DIY gift ideas that will offer a subtle solution to the odiferous problem otherwise known as his room.
A Bowl of Potpourri
Potpourri is versatile and easy-to-make. Search antique shops for a unique leather box to hold your mixture. Then hit the hobby stores for unscented base mix and essential oils. Try sandalwood, vanilla, black pepper, and oak-moss for rich, masculine scents.
Coffee Scented Candles
Candles are trés romantic! While you’re at the hobby store buying potpourri supplies, pick up some soy or paraffin candle wax. Follow this easy tutorial on basic candle-making. Add coffee and vanilla scented oils and coloring to the wax. Then pour over coffee beans at the bottom of a vintage bourbon glass or other cool container. Voila! A nice background scent you’ll both appreciate.
Plants are excellent for filtering odors, cleaning the air of chemicals, and improving oxygen levels in a home. Collect an assortment of containers and fill with easy-to-maintain indoor plants. Bamboo palms, peace lilies, and philodendrons are top choices. Find a spot with filtered light. Be sure to help him remember to water them once a week!
Room sprays are great for freshening up the soft surfaces like linens and carpets that tend to hold odors and dust. Make your own spray by mixing 2 ounces of distilled water, 1 ounce of alcohol, and essential oil. Try eucalyptus, lemon, or lavender for a mild, relaxing scent.
Homemade Fabric Softener
One of the easiest ways to freshen a bedroom is by washing bed linens regularly. Clean sheets weekly to eliminate bacteria, sweat, and oils. Comforters and mattress covers should be freshened every six months. Zonkd’s premium sleep products include mattresses and pillows with zippered covers to protect the memory foam interior and make it easy to refresh as often as needed.
Help him out by giving him a subtle reminder to run things through the laundry on a more regular basis by concocting a homemade liquid fabric softener from white vinegar, water, glycerin, and his favorite essential oil.
Encourage Him to Invest in an Antibacterial, Antimicrobial Mattress
If it’s time for him to buy a new mattress, why not have him consider Zonkd’s Talalay latex foam mattress with copper infused cooling gel layer that offers antibacterial and antimicrobial defense and squashes bacterial-induced odors (as well as allergens that can make you both feel gross).