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Personal Smell Detection Tips
1 If You Can Smell It, Others Can Too
As a guiding principle, if you can smell the odors, other people have been able to smell it for an even longer period of time. For this reason, you should take immediate action once the smell has been detected to prevent any further unpleasantness around friends, family, and coworkers. People aren’t always given the benefit of the doubt, and strangers may assume that you are a regular homeless person.
2 Ask a Trusted Friend For a Sniff Test
We are not always great at detecting our own odors, so asking a close friend for their personal opinion is a great way to check if you smell bad. The tricky part of this solution is that no one generally wants to smell another person. It can be an unpleasant and unrewarding act. If need be, incentivize you trusted friend with a small gift if they are to drive nose deep within your armpit for a smell check.
3 Cup Hands & Breath
One highly effective way to tell if your breath smells is to cup your hands and breath within them. After breathing within your hands via your mouth, quickly move cupped hand upwards and inhale through your nose. In most cases when one’s breath is especially bad, this test will inform the unfortunate person that he is in need of a mint.
4 Develop a Regime
If you find that your breathe or body odors develop when you forget to brush teeth or shower regularly, make sure that you setup a regimented timetable to perform these acts. This will help in keeping a clear conscience that you are smelling fresh and are never the smelly person within the room.
5 Do the Finger Test
If you are worried that your body odor might be higher than normal, you should try smelling your own armpit. Though this take some flexibility, most people should be able to get close enough to their own armpit to get a fix on whether it it smelly or not. If You are unable to tell, you can stick one finger under your armpit for 10 seconds before proceeding to smell the odor that has built up upon your finger. If your digit is carrying an especially foul stench it may be a sign that you are in need of a shower.
#3 Asking a good friend to help out
Does my breath smell bad? This is all you need to ask to get the most accurate answer, just do it. Though it may seem embarrassing, it’s surely better to hear it from a friend than from someone you’d like to kiss. You could ask a family member or anyone close, anyone who will be honest with you to tell you if you have a smelling mouth.
You know your friends, avoid asking friends that will make fun of you or go around telling people. While you’d naturally want to stick with the first two methods, fact remains that asking someone will provide you with the most accurate answer.
Give Your Breath The Sniff Test
Need to check how your breath smells quickly? Try the sniff test—there are a couple of ways to do it. If you lick your wrist, let it dry for a moment, then take a whiff, you should be able to get an idea if your breath has an odor too. Another method is to floss toward the back of your mouth, then smell the floss. Or gently scrape your tongue using a tongue scraper or soft bristle toothbrush, then smell the scraper.
Train your nose
To unpick the habituation process, you can reset your nose. Dodd says nothing beats a few deep nasal breaths of fresh air “to clear the register and hunt for new smells”. Chris Kelly, of Smell Training, works with people who have lost their sense of smell. “You have to keep looking for smell,” she says. “Repeated sniffing builds stronger neural pathways and makes smell more present for us.”
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