I confess: it has been a problem most of my married life. I’ve tried several ways of dealing with this ‘problem’ and I could never find the right combination of events. What ‘problem’, you say?
The boy smell.
Ever walk in to a boy’s college dorm room? Did you have a brother?
Yes. That is the one. And it was running rampant in my bedroom.
That oily-headed-thick-in-the-air smell. How do you describe that really?
Let’s not…and move on with how to fix it.
Since implementing this new method, I haven’t smelled this scent not one time. Here’s how I keep it from coming back. It takes a little bit of work, but I’d much rather work a little harder and keep the smell at bay.
- I religiously change my sheets once a week. Besides the fact that clean sheets are one of my favorite things, it really helps keep the boy smell in check. In my current laundry routine, they are changed on Thursdays.
- I use pillow protectors. I use these pillow protectors that I purchased cheaply from Target for about $6 each. The key to these is changing them every time you change the sheets. These must stay fresh to keep the boy smell away. If your pillows ever get the smell in them, it can take some real work to remove the smell completely. So the idea here is prevention. To make sure they are always on our pillows, I have 2 sets.
- I wash our comforter and bed blanket every 5-6 weeks. I know that seems really often…and it is. More often than I’d like. But like I said, I’d rather work a little harder than have boy smell.
- I wash our mattress pad every 2.5-3 months. Again, I know this seems like a lot. But it’s really not that bad.
I know – it’s an embarrassing problem. Don’t feel obligated to leave a comment… unless you’d like me to feel better that I’m not the only one battling the boy smell. 🙂
I’m pleased to link this post to WFMW over at We are THAT Family.