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  1. bed-bugscouk

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    I was talking with someone today about the role of smell in perception and gave examples of how certain smell induce certain feelings, the prime example being a warm apple pie makes most feel homely.

    What smell do you associate with clean?

    I have a feeling it differs in different countries but I said I would ask.

    Thanks for any and all input.

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    Sadly, the smells I associate with "clean" are all chemical smells: bleach, Pine Sol (not sure if you have this brand in the UK, David), etc.

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    -fresh-cut grass
    -citrus
    -lavender
    -peppermint
    -after rain?

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    Hi,

    Yes the pinesol is a good example as it's not a common UK scent beyond car air fresheners although it's associated with clean living through log cabins.

    Thanks for the input it's helping confirm and shape ideas.

    David

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    Ivory soap, Dove soap, lavender, freshly washed and sun-dried linens, orange, and mint, to name a few.

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    Fresh, clean cotton. I have to agree with Daylight on the sun dried linens.

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    Ooh, Proust, my favourite!

    Thyme, green tea, citrus, Chanel 19 & Crystale are all very "clean" but "cleanest" (& Best Smell Ever) is Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermès.

    Lilly smells grubby to me & vanilla is a foodstuff only - in scents it's too close to sex & makes me terribly uncomfortable. Entertaining only inasmuch as it's a bit of an olfactory go-to when researchers want a "pleasant" scent.

    You won't find universals - olfactory stuff is so tied with memory that associations are pretty individually conditioned. I can't be within olfactory range of the perfumes Opium or Poison without, appropriately, feeling nausea. Would love to know what's in there that has so unpleasing an effect on my brain.

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    I can remember when I was little and had played outside all day. When I finally came in for a bath my mom would have my sheets and sprinkled powder under the covers. So for me clean is, Colgate Toothpaste, baby powder, sun-dried sheets (a little crunchy makes them better!), freshly cut grass and lemon.

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    Them sundried sheet are pretty hard to beat

    the smell of country air, like in northern Quebec or Ontario, in the summer after you drive north for awhile it's the first thing you notice when you get out of the car

    so I guess sundried sheets in a cottage with the window open to let the natural smells in

    this is a very good question David

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    Citrus.

    (Proust indeed, Koebner!)

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    After a through mopping and rag cleaning with a diluted bleach solution and let the room air out for about 30 minutes thats my idea of a fresh scent. I hate scented perfumes etc. Nothing smells fresher then bleach

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    bed-bugscouk - 1 day ago  » 
    What smell do you associate with clean?

    I agree with all the bleach answers. Bleach is what does it for me. . . . nothing "smells cleaner" than bleach! Clorox Cleanup spray on all the counter tops and bathrooms.

    PineSol is a great second "clean smell" (DC . . . it's not a "scent" over here, it's an actual cleaning product (with a fresh clean scent of course)).

    I love the smell of sun-dried clothes . . . and hang mine outside whenever the weather allows . . . but as far as "clean" . . . in my mind, nothing says "clean" as much as bleach!

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    I like the smell of most commonly used household cleaners, except for bleach which i find has an awful hospital-like smell. Freshly dried laundry also has a very pleasant scent.

    .....I am NOT an expert.....

    Any advice i give here is based solely on my own personal experiences in dealing with bedbugs & other household vermin.
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the input the winners so far appear to be citrus and menthol which are easier scents to procure.

    I also wanted to share an amusing story about scents and the effects they can have. A few years ago I was exposed to scabies by a customer. The medication back then was a lotion you applied and wore for 12 hours. Unfortunately the same product is used for the treatment of a particular sexually transmitted organism. Judging from the odd looks and sniffs I got in the super market it is a scent others were familiar with.

    I have since advised anyone using the product to have a day off from the world and order delivery when undergoing treatment.

    David

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    Mmm...I wonder what is this scabies medication smell like.

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    JustChecking - 42 minutes ago  » 
    Mmm...I wonder what is this scabies medication smell like.

    Like the kind of weekend you promise never to do again, until next time.

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    If I recall correctly, it should smell rather like a lotion used to treat demodectic mange, so at least some of those glances of recognition may have come from vets & dog owners.

    PS; bleach is a dirty smell for me & I reflexively mistrust the cleanliness of anywhere with a bleachy whiff - it recalls the chloramine reek of a swimming pool with way too much unpleasantness in the water. (Told you odour played weird memory games.)

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    Thanks for the reply and heads up, David, and thanks for the tips, Koebner!

    The scabies medication for external usage must be smelling like hard boiled eggs or sulfur stink.

    David wrote,

    Like the kind of weekend you promise never to do again, until next time.

    Is it kinda like bitter, hard-to-swallow cough medicine that one hates to take but will definitely choose to take next time if needed because it works so well?


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