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sleep smell

Sorry, I know this sound gross, but I cannot get rid of this sleep smell in our room. I've re-washed everything this week, our bedding is new (within the last 4 months), we febreeze the bed every time we wash the sheets (weekly), & do laundry a couple times a week. We shower every night & morning, but alas every time we get out of the shower in the morning, the smell is there. I'm even starting to smell it on my clothes. 

What gives?!? What are we doing wrong? We're not dirty gross people...our condo isn't dirty either, so why is it so stinky?? 

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Re: sleep smell

  • What do you mean by "sleep smell"? Is it only your bedroom that smells like this? Or only in the mornings?
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  • Maybe the smell is in your mattress.  Try vacuuming and Febreeze-ing or baking soda-ing (sorry!) your mattress.  Get a mattress protector with a waterproof lining so if either of you sweat it stays out of the mattress.
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  • The mattress is fairly new too...only 5-6 yrs old. We do have a mattress pad and we do febreeze the mattress weekly. The smell only comes from the bedroom, but we have a loft condo so sometimes you can smell it in other areas of the house in the morning. I don't know how to describe it...it just smells like dirty sleep. I'm not lying or stretching the truth when I say we are clean people...we really are! 
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  • Where do you keep the dirty clothes hamper?
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    Could it be that you're over-Febreezing?  That stuff just makes things smell gross to me.  If it built up, I can imagine it would be disgusting.  I'd definitely try some sort of baking soda treatment on the mattress and carpet if you have it and opening the windows to air everything out.  We have one of those allergy barrier mattress covers on our mattress and pillows that we wash periodically. 

    Could there possibly be a leak anywhere in the walls or in the units near you?  Is it a musty smell?  Do you live in a humid climate?  Have you checked the walls in the backs of the closet, behind the bed, etc. for mold?  I don't know what type of smell you're describing, but I imagine it as some sort of musty, wet smell.  Did you move in recently?  Do you rent or own?  If I owned, I'd rip up some of the carpet and give the padding a good sniff to see if the problems were coming from there.

    Our bedroom does get humid at night, so we leave the bedroom door open, which helps a lot.  If you do have a lot of humidity, a dehumidifier can help with that as well. 

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  • Hamper is in one of the closets. We are getting married in a couple months, so we registered for one that has a lid on it. We have hardwood floors, so there isn't a carpet to worry about. We rent the condo, so there is not much we can do in terms of looking behind the walls, etc. 

     

    What kind of baking soda treatment? What does that entail? I'm willing to try anything!! 

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    Any textile that can't go into the washing machine (sounds like mainly the mattress), I'd sprinkle a healthy dose of baking soda with a sieve or sugar shaker and leave it for a day or as long as possible, then vaccuum up the baking soda before re-making the bed.  I'd lay off on the Febreezing all the time, but that's just me.  Now that it's spring, I think your best bet if it's just a result of stuffiness would be to open the windows as often as possible.

    If it was a place I was renting and I couldn't figure out where it was coming from, I might also consider calling my landlord.  If it was some sort of leak/mold problem, as a tenant I'd at least want the place inspected/tested and as a landlord, I'd want the opportunity to fix the problem before it got big.

    You might be able to find a dehumidifier on CL, just to see if that would help with your problem.

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  • What's "sleep smell"? I'd use Febreeze or an air freshener. 
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  • Your scent description doesn't make much sense, so try asking your friends what it smells like.

    If it's the laundry, try putting a clean towel over the top as a lid until you get a new one.

    Could it be some smelly shoes? My SS has stinky shoes that could literally knock you over unless he puts odor absorbers in them. But you know, speaking of my SS reminds me... he often has this odd odor and so do his things. He is super clean, showers daily, wears deoderant, etc. But he has a "boy" odor that just can't be contained. Could it just be the smell of your FI?

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  • I think I know what you're talking about, try baking soda or vinegar on the mattress and vacuuming it, wash all the bedding.

    I smell something in our room too, sadly it's DH Tongue Tied not much I can do there, he showers twice a day, he's so clean he practically squeaks.  Everyone has their own "smell" and if his is different enough from yours, you may notice it.

  • Holy crap is anyone really confused by this? Sleep doesn't have a smell! And if it did it would smell adorable, like warm blankets, fabric softener and rainbows.

     So do you mean sex/sweat/drool? Does your dh smell it too? I'm almost wondering if you could have a sinus infection if you are always smelling it and no one else has noticed. I'd pull the tmi friendcard and force my good friends to smell what I'm smelling and see what they say. I hope you don't have trimethylaminuria (smelly fish disease) and it's not coming from one of you.  

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    I think I know what you're talking about, try baking soda or vinegar on the mattress and vacuuming it, wash all the bedding.

    I smell something in our room too, sadly it's DH Tongue Tied not much I can do there, he showers twice a day, he's so clean he practically squeaks.  Everyone has their own "smell" and if his is different enough from yours, you may notice it.

    I know what the OP is talking about, too. I know that smell. I tend to think it's unwashed hair, and just the grime of the day that builds up, no matter how quickly you wash and change sheets. I notice it too, my H works around auto parts all day, so I get the joy of smelling grease, even if he's showered and we have clean sheets on the bed.

    Oh, FFS.
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    I think I know what you're talking about, try baking soda or vinegar on the mattress and vacuuming it, wash all the bedding.

    I smell something in our room too, sadly it's DH Tongue Tied not much I can do there, he showers twice a day, he's so clean he practically squeaks.  Everyone has their own "smell" and if his is different enough from yours, you may notice it.

    I know what the OP is talking about, too. I know that smell. I tend to think it's unwashed hair, and just the grime of the day that builds up, no matter how quickly you wash and change sheets. I notice it too, my H works around auto parts all day, so I get the joy of smelling grease, even if he's showered and we have clean sheets on the bed.

    I'm just lurking on this board to get inspiration for Spring Cleaning. But I just wanted to say I know what smell you are talking about.  Sometimes our room smells like it, usually on a hotter evening, etc. The "unwashed hair" is a good comparison. Do one of you have fine hair that gets greasy fairly easily? DH is blonde and despite showering every day he is a touch greasy and that contributes to the smell. But washing the sheets weekly (I throw pillow cases in one more time during the week) does the trick for us. I'd try using baking soda/vacuum technique and laying off the Febreeze for awhile too. All those chemicals can't be good, regardless of what they're doing for the smell :-) 

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  • I know the smell too. Have you tried washing or replacing your pillows? We have to replace my DH's pillows about 4 times a year because he is a drooler! I hope you figure it out!
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