You just can't smell your own house

@ibuemma (2954)
United States
April 9, 2013 8:03am CST
Have you ever notice that when you're visiting other people house, you can sort of tell the smell inside it. Whether it is the air fragrance they are using, or aromatic candle or pot pourri. You might using the same thing in your own house, but you can't just smell it in your own house. Other people that visited my house can tell, but it seems my smelling sensor for my own house is getting numb. Do you experience the same thing too?
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
9 Apr 13
I can't say I have experienced it because I can smell the smells when I use my warming pot..I can also smell it when it had gotten low and needs to be refilled...So I can smell my house and others home...
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@MoonGypsy (4613)
• United States
9 Apr 13
i find the same thing. i can't tell the smells in my house right out bat, but i can with other places. i think this is because we spend most time in our homes and get accustom to it.
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@missjahn (4578)
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
i agree with you. every thing you always experience will immune you like the smell. you can smell still but since you use to smell it always, it seems that you cannot notice it anymore or distinguish because it seems that it is already a part of your system. those people who just newly smell or sense a thing, will recognize it because it is new to them. we should be aware of this, because there are different kinds of smell or aroma. what if the smell is kinda odorous. if we cannot identify it, how can we make solutions to freshen the air back. so we must be careful and do not just ignore if we already smell something smelly. thanks for bringing this topic of yours :)
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@ajithlal (14568)
• India
10 Apr 13
I think most probably we became with smell of the home more familiar that we might not have noticed it.
• United Kingdom
10 Apr 13
Yes, I am experiencing this everyday! I have a habit of going to pee at night. Every time I step out of my bedroom,and through living room, at the moment, I wouldn't find any different. But then, when I come back, just when I step into bedroom from living room, I can obviously find my bedroom filled with a strange smell I can't tell, just not fresh permeates the room, and makes me breathe a little hard, but it is just for a while: when I get to my bed, I can hardly smell it!
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• United States
10 Apr 13
I have noticed that too. People often adjust to the smell of their home, so fragrance is not as strong as it would be elsewhere. I often wonder how my house truly smells, and have asked people only for them to become confused. Some people have homes that have strong animal smells, smoke or varied other things, and they usually seem surprised when they hear of it from others.
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@adoire (17)
• United States
10 Apr 13
Yes! I do experience the same thing, and as a cat mommy, I always try to make sure that visitors can't SMELL my feline before they SEE him, lol! Have you tried different pot pourri at all? Sometimes when I switch mine up (or febreeze, or incense) I'll notice a difference for a few days. I think we just naturally get kind of immune to the scents in our homes :/
@allknowing (61897)
• India
10 Apr 13
If one has pets it is all the more a concern since as you say one cannot smell ones own house. I always ask guests close to me whether my house smells. Same applies to body odour. We must always have people close to us who visit us occasionally who will know, if we ask.
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
10 Apr 13
I'm wondering if this is like the old saying," A skunk can't smell his own hole?" If it is, then I would not be visiting such people whose house smelled like their hole! Dogs can never learn not to mess with a skunk, many's the time I've bathed my dog with Tomato Juice to rid his coat of the skunky smell!
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@srisahara (4151)
• Indonesia
9 Apr 13
Yes, I ever come to may friend's house, when I come in the house, I find smell inside it. I think that smell comes from their foods which put near the living room. But, after I sit over there about 30 minutes, I do not find the smell..., maybe my smelling sensor getting numb. I think, the own of the house will never find the smell, although other people find it, because their smelling sensor more getting numb...
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@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
9 Apr 13
We get used to those smells each day. i have friends you can smell my strawberrie candles here. I cant smell them at all.
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@cttolledo (4107)
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
Yes! your getting immune with the smell.. that's why what I did to my room, I purchased air fragrance with different flavor/scent to avoid getting immune with the same fragrance
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@scubapro (1058)
• Gifu, Japan
9 Apr 13
i agree with you,great invention ;) i was always thinking same thing,when i go to my friends house ,there is always strange smell and i notice that smell when i visit any relative or friend of mine. so i was thinking if my house is also smells like that? i was just worried ;) i think we used to that smell so we cant understand it happy mylotting
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@jiiiiin (569)
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
I also noticed this whenever I go to other people's house. Their house smells something to me. Not that the smell is bad but I didn't smell the same in our house. The smell in our house just like the air in an open place. Now I am wondering how the smell of our house appeal to others.
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• United States
9 Apr 13
Lol this is something I always think about. Other peoples' house have a certain smell, sometimes it's not always an air freshener or candle, but just the smell of detergent, food, and the people who live inside. Sometimes if I go on a long trip and I come home I can smell my house's smell for a few minutes. When I was away at school and I came home to visit I would be able to smell my house. I think we just get used to the way our house smells because we're in it so much.
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• Philippines
9 Apr 13
I've had someone tell me that my apartment smells like sweat. It was no surprise since I workout in here as well, and it's a guy who told me that so it's fine. If it was a chic, that would be a terrible turn off. Since then, I started using air sprays that lasts longer and I use it every after workouts to make sure.
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@JudyEv (119153)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Aug 16
I know some houses where the dogs are inside all day and they really smell of dog. I'm sure the owners can't smell it.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 13
I always noticed other people house's aroma air purifier. The refreshing sea breeze fragrant, the lavender aroma and many more. My house do not installed any of these. How I wished I have that scent that is so refreshing and relaxing. The reason we can't smell our own house if we have one because we are so used to it and sort of 'immune' to it.
@ajithlal (14568)
• India
10 Apr 13
I also think most probably we will notice the smell on the houses we visit and most probably we will not notice it in our own house. I think most probably the people who visit our houses will also sees that there are different smells in our houses.
• United States
9 Apr 13
I remember smells too. Whenever I smell Ivory soap, I think of my aunt's house. Actually her bathroom. Brings back fond memories. I work from home so I don't smell my house anymore either, unless I go out for the day. Then I welcome the familiar smell of home when I come through the front door.