my teenage son's room stinks

(24 Posts)
Pixilicious Tue 21-Jun-16 20:53:49

And I don't know how to fix it! We have the windows open whenever we are home, he showers every day and we change his bedding every week. Any tips please??

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Patterkiller Tue 21-Jun-16 21:04:05

I don't know but I have 17 year old daughter who's room honks. We have bought a new mattress for her this weekend in the hope it was just that. She is lovely and clean but did go through a grungy 15 year old stage so I'm in hope that the smell is historic and the mattress will sort it.

I did read that young men smell offensive to their mothers so there is never any chance of inter family breeding, you know back in the day we knew no better. confused

3littlefrogs Tue 21-Jun-16 21:08:22

Is his packed lunch from 3 months ago under his bed?

3littlefrogs Tue 21-Jun-16 21:09:29

Where are his trainers and how old are they?

LineyReborn Tue 21-Jun-16 21:11:03

It's stale Lynx.

Or just Lynx.

Pixilicious Tue 21-Jun-16 21:17:12

It's none of those thinks unfortunately, it's the like the smell of body. Thinking of getting some kind of odour neutraliser, see if that works!

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Travelledtheworld Tue 21-Jun-16 23:32:03

I have one of those too.....
Wash the duvet. Wash or throw away the pillows. They will be skanky.
Clean the carpet.
At worst, redecorate!


weirdsister Tue 21-Jun-16 23:34:29

It's sweaty feet. When my ds has his friends in his bedroom the entire house stinks.

Wolfiefan Tue 21-Jun-16 23:35:49

Is he using an anti perspirant? (Not deodorant!)
Changing underwear. All dirty clothes in laundry.

Asprilla11 Tue 21-Jun-16 23:36:21

Wank rags grin

CharleyDavidson Wed 22-Jun-16 00:05:04

Asprilla11 grin grin

Does he leave his duvet pulled back for a while in the morning? 30 mins of the duvet off lets some of the sweat that's been produced in the night evaporate off and not linger.

Does he open his curtains to let light get at his bed? UV is great for cleaning so curtains open in the daytime is the rule here, no matter if you are a teen or not!

Are all worn clothes disposed of into a laundry basket that either isn't in his room or that has a lid to keep in smells until the clothes are removed for cleaning?

Duvets should be washed every few months as well as the covers weekly.

WhatsGoingOnEh Wed 22-Jun-16 00:09:13

It's his feet. His socks and shoes will smell like dead bodies with burned hair, covered in sick.

TanteRose Wed 22-Jun-16 00:14:51

Whats grin
Perfect description!

Fleurdelise Wed 22-Jun-16 10:56:26

I have the exact same problem, it is sweat and he showers every day. I asked him to sleep with a t-shirt on to absorb the sweat so the bedding doesn't stink immediately after changing it but apparently I am unreasonable.

No idea what to do except opening the window and changing bedding often.

therootoftheroot Wed 22-Jun-16 17:08:31

i am not convinced it is sweat- i think they go through a phase of just ..stinking. I don't know what it is-whether it's hormones or what but ...shudder.

we had it a while back-the room literally honked but it seems to have passed a bit.

HormonalHeap Wed 22-Jun-16 20:40:13

My ds 16 stinks- if he washes in the morning he'll stink by 3pm. When so they stop stinking??

TyrionLannistersShadow Wed 22-Jun-16 20:48:12

Yes my 17yr old is the same. He showers and washes his hair daily, wears clean clothes and antiperspirant, the bedclothes are changed weekly, the windows open all day and his room still honks. But my God when his friends are all over, the smell magnifies by a thousand! I am living in hope that it will pass as he gets older!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 24-Jun-16 18:32:33

Wash his pillow and duvet.

Check under the bed!

Open windows

Light a candle and burn it all day - surprisingly effective.

Odour eaters for trainers/ shoes

Check coats/ hoodies etc in case they're 'ripe.'

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 24-Jun-16 18:42:15

Damp dust every wipeable surface.

MrsWorryWart Sat 25-Jun-16 15:44:56

I am so happy (if that's the right word) to see this thread.

My teen honks and I do know he's clearly found what wanking can do! Tissues and boxers stuffed in all kinds of places.

His teen friend is over and says he can't even smell it 😷🤐

PaintedDrivesAndPolishedGrass Sat 25-Jun-16 15:49:19

Change the bed more often
Air the bed every morning
Burn incense ( Nag Champa is particularly heavy and will mask the smell of a rotting corpse)
Take comfort from the fact it will pass

FrustratedFrugal Sat 25-Jun-16 15:54:31

Do you have a carpet in the room? I did as a teen and it got very stinky.

Choceeclair123 Mon 27-Jun-16 21:04:53

My stepson's room STANK. We scrubbed EVERYTHING many many times, cleaned carpet, replaced mattress, left bowl of bleach in corner to absorb smell, bicarb, disinfectant, left windows open. All that helped was more scrubbing, the passing of time and nag champa incense. Marigolds at the ready flowers

Choceeclair123 Mon 27-Jun-16 21:06:28

Oh we also painted it!

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