It might be time for a nasal reset.
Have you ever hopped into a car, or walked into the home, of a dog owner? It smells like dog. But the thing is, the dog owner doesn't know that because their nose gets used to the scent.
I am very sensitive to smells and prior to owning dogs I could smell them the moment I walked into a dog owner's home. But I don't often smell our own dogs anymore because my nose is used to them.
When I walk into the homes of others, I can smell the musky scent that boys and men seem to have, dirty laundry, garlic, onions and pre-cooked spices.
On the plus side I can often determine what washing powder you use, what cakes you've been cooking and the brand of hairspray in your cabinet.
Of course I then wonder what our house must smell like.
Now that we have dogs I am conscious of others smelling canine BO the moment they walk through my front door. So I burn scented candles to try and mask the odour.
But is there actually an odour?
What does my house really smell like?
Is it as bad as I'm assuming it is?
Because we get used to our own smells the only way to truly know what our homes smell like to others is to reset our nose.
Umm ... did you just say RESET OUR NOSE?
Yep, that's what I said.
Sandi Toksvig from UK's "QI" revealed on the Graham Norton Show recently that we can give our nose a reboot in order to pick up our home fragrances.
Because we're less likely to smell our own smells, it's a good idea to reset the honker to determine whether or not we might need a dose of household freshness.
How does one do this? Simply run and up and down the stairs very fast a few times which increases blood flow, widens the capillaries and readjusts certain receptors within the nose for the ability to smell new smells again.
What if I don't have stairs? I dunno. Perhaps run around the block instead?
Either way, it might be time we all had a nasal reset.
Are you sensitive to smells?
Ever wonder what your own home smells like to others?
Anyone contemplating running up and down the stairs today?