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Why do teenage boys smell so?

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JamesDelayneysTattoos Sun 22-Oct-17 22:30:50

My Ds is 14 and I have to wash his bedding like every 3 or 4 days.

He showers daily, wears clean clothes every day but when I open his bedroom door in the morning it smells so sweaty and horrible.

I’ve taken to hanging his actual duvet out of the window.

I do remember my older Ds went through this and now at just 20 it seems to have passed.

Is it just hormones? What do you guys do?

Am I just going to have to get a nose clip for the next 5 years

SerialChangerOfName Sun 22-Oct-17 22:33:29

I don't know but been wondering the same myself, and DS is only 10 shock

SongforSal Sun 22-Oct-17 22:36:03

Same. Mines 12. He bathes a minimum of once per day, twice sometimes. Clean clothes and bedding, yet his bedroom first thing smells like a musty armpit and damp mixed with a dead animal and farts. Totally grim.

letsdolunch321 Sun 22-Oct-17 22:38:55

Introducing mens deo helped my son when he reached this age (11) . Also sleeping with a window slightly open gave the room a better aroma

PurplePillowCase Sun 22-Oct-17 22:39:51

yep here too.
hamster cage smell in the morning. a not cleaned in weeks hamster cage...
incest prevention?

florapearl Sun 22-Oct-17 22:39:52


Therealslimshady1 Sun 22-Oct-17 22:40:24

Haha, yes, a bit like goat smell grin

newtlover Sun 22-Oct-17 22:41:33

I had this with DS1, but it wasn't such an identifiable smell (ie not obviously sweat etc) - it drove me mad and I too was reduced to hanging the duvet outside etc. Thing was I was the only one who could smell it. I ended up taking the bedding round to a neighbour to sniff! But they couldn't smelll anything. It passed after a year or so. Then I read something somewhere (can't remember where I'm sorry) that said it's a specific mother/son thing- to encourage you to distance from each other sort of thing. Didn't seem to happen with DS2 - unless my nostrils had just been bludgeoned into submission by then.

HemanOrSheRa Sun 22-Oct-17 22:44:40

DS is 12 and his room smells exactly as you describe Sal grin. He showers at least once a day. Uses deodorant, clean clothes (sometimes changing twice a day). He doesn't actually smell if you sniff him. He just gives off a Boy Fug. Grim.

He had some friends over a while back. There were about 6 of them in his room. The stink was incredible. Almost knocked me on my arse when I poked my head around the door to check on them. Stinky beasts.

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Sun 22-Oct-17 22:46:01

I was expecting a smell but it didn't arrive

With ds1 at least

I dont find ds2 very smelly either

Dd on the other hand ...fuck me she can be ripe

And i have a very good sense of smell

GetTheeBehindMeShatner Sun 22-Oct-17 22:46:37

One of my son's bedrooms used to smell like un-aired camping equipment. Every morning I'd get flashbacks to Guide camp confused. It was sort of earthy, but not in a good way, more dirty and foisty. It's passed now. I too was the only one who could detect it.

JamesDelayneysTattoos Sun 22-Oct-17 22:50:58

How interesting that it’s a mother thing because as some say, others in the family appear not to notice. I have always had a bit of a dog nose though.

Some of the descriptions above are priceless. And correct.

He uses deodorant and fragrance.

sleepingdogslying Sun 22-Oct-17 22:52:12

DD went to a boys school for 6th form . Based on her experience of entering classrooms after groups of boys, she is adamant that year 8 boys smell the worst.

TheQueenOfWands Sun 22-Oct-17 22:57:46

My 14 year old is quite fragrant.

Uses Radox shower gel, the Rock Hard range and Head & Shoulders shampoo.

Maybe that's the magical concoction??

youarenotkiddingme Sun 22-Oct-17 22:59:29

Ds has recently turned 13.

Along came the attitude and the stink!

I always open his window. He complains he's then cold <he's still wearing shirts/t shirt!>

I've bought him a dressing gown for Christmas!

newtlover Sun 22-Oct-17 23:01:23

the worst thing was that the smell would come out of the room- if you walked past it would roll out and hit you in the nose !

DeloresVanTropp Sun 22-Oct-17 23:06:14

Don't get me started. I really believe it's the pubic hair and arm pits (yuk)
Mine is 16 and its driving me bananas angry

starfishmummy Sun 22-Oct-17 23:09:43

I have one too. He's always been sweaty but particularly smelly...until this summer. He's disabled and needs help with I know he gets proper washes and a good amount of deodorant, clean clothes etc.

I was

Had to start washing his stuff separately or everything smells and sometimes twice. 😷

starfishmummy Sun 22-Oct-17 23:10:44

* but not particularly smelly unti this summer

PickAChew Sun 22-Oct-17 23:12:43

I have a disabled 13yo, too. I just hoy him into the shower as often as he'll tolerate.

PickAChew Sun 22-Oct-17 23:13:56

11yo is getting the stinky hair, he's not far off, too.

notacooldad Sun 22-Oct-17 23:16:44

I found it lasted a couple of years from once puberty kicked in and then it settled down.
It was hard work de ordourising school shirtsM

DeloresVanTropp Sun 22-Oct-17 23:19:15

TheQueenOfWands - I've tried something like that, concoction, no luck.
Now I have a plot to have him shave his pubes, but then again there's the hair.
Oh sweet Jeeeesus <secretly wishing I'd had a daughter instead> grin

hiddley Sun 22-Oct-17 23:20:42

Frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails. They just stink I think. They need to be washing twice a day, particularly their feet! Plus they are probably wanking which stinks to the high heavens (well it does to my nose anyway).
I recall as a teenager being particularly attracted to the boys who smelled nice and were well groomed.

DeloresVanTropp Sun 22-Oct-17 23:26:35

Can someone here tell me why he stays in the bath for 1 HOUR and sometimes twice a day? Do you think he's doing it? The thought of it is just revolting. He's still my child.

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