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12-07-2017 11:19 AM
daycarediva
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Originally Posted by Ariana View Post
Do they live in a basement apartment? Sometimes that can be the culprit as basements are generally wetter.

I currently have a child that smells like mosquito repellant. It is really weird because its winter here so no bugs. I am trying to figure it out. Its very strong and does not smell like any kind of detergent I have ever smelled before. They moved this weekend so I hope she comes back this week smelling different.
Did the bomb their house/apartment? I had a family years ago who did and brought the kid in clothes that REEKED of big spray type smell. I was gagging. Mom laughed it off, but I had to bag the clothes and put them outside and air out the house.

I have a child who smells similar now. He's drop in, and it honestly makes me not want to be near him. I have the ability to change his clothes and wash them though, so I haven't said anything. Dad did bring it up once though, said Mom puts the clothes in the washer in the morning and transfers them after work so he does his own laundry. I jokingly (not so jokingly) said, hey do dcb's too. Sometimes they don't smell now so I know DCD took that advice.
12-07-2017 10:40 AM
Ariana
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Originally Posted by Miss A View Post
Maybe her winter clothing was stored in moth balls?
Its not mothballs, or at least not what I know they smell like and its her regular clothes. Her outdoor clothes smell normal.

They moved on the weekend and she came in today with no smell!!
12-07-2017 08:45 AM
hwichlaz Iíd say something, but only because itís giving you a head ache.

Ask her if itís a problem with her washer and if she needs some suggestions on how to fix it.

Iíd be as diplomatic as possible. But if it wasnít solved Iíd start having to puff on my inhaler and thatís not okay.
12-07-2017 08:42 AM
Max This used to be my family. Our washer was soooo old, I think some of the mildew smell came from the machine. We also had moisture in our basement. I ran a large de-humidifier 24/7 and it would pull 6-8 gallons of water each day.

We had to re-grade our yard, pour new concrete, buy a new washer, and get new gutters to actually fix the problem. Ugh it took a lot.

Anyways, Iím still self-conscious our home might have that smell. Iíve asked my mom to tell me, truthfully, if the odor was still there and she says no. But Iím still worried.. I more of a shy/quiet type with some people but I would want to know. I plan to ask my licensor tomorrow when sheís out lol I just want to be SURE itís gone.

I think saying something kindly, not make it a big deal but just a heads up, would be a good idea itís like letting someone walk around with TP on their shoe

If she needs non-expensive ideas.. stronger smelling detergent and fabric sheets, plus de-humidifier, helped us in the interim.
12-07-2017 07:48 AM
Second Home Many HE front load washers do not drain fully and water sits in the bottom of the machine . This leads to a mildew smell from the dirty sitting water in the machine . You must manually drain the water from the bottom with the drain tube.

Maybe they have a front load washer.
12-06-2017 06:18 PM
Miss A
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Originally Posted by Ariana View Post
Do they live in a basement apartment? Sometimes that can be the culprit as basements are generally wetter.

I currently have a child that smells like mosquito repellant. It is really weird because its winter here so no bugs. I am trying to figure it out. Its very strong and does not smell like any kind of detergent I have ever smelled before. They moved this weekend so I hope she comes back this week smelling different.
Maybe her winter clothing was stored in moth balls?
12-06-2017 06:15 PM
Ariana Do they live in a basement apartment? Sometimes that can be the culprit as basements are generally wetter.

I currently have a child that smells like mosquito repellant. It is really weird because its winter here so no bugs. I am trying to figure it out. Its very strong and does not smell like any kind of detergent I have ever smelled before. They moved this weekend so I hope she comes back this week smelling different.
12-06-2017 03:07 PM
Miss A It is very possible that the smell may be something out of moms control. Maybe they don't have a washer and dryer at home, and have to use a laundromat, or maybe they have an older or second hand washer. Sometimes machines that have been used frequently but have not been taken care of smell like that.

If DCB is obviously coming in with clean clothes, and he is well taken care of i wouldn't say anything at all.
12-06-2017 02:54 PM
boy_mom I agree, if he is clean and the clothes are clean than I wouldn't really say anything. Can you use a oil diffuser or something in the room to help block the smell?
12-06-2017 02:16 PM
AmyKidsCo I'm super-sensitive to that smell but if he's clean and his clothes are clean I wouldn't say anything, especially if his mom is super shy. Some people just don't know not to leave clothes in the washer or notice that smell.
12-06-2017 12:03 PM
Hunni Bee One of my dcbs has a distinct mildew-y odor about him. He's clean, wears clean clothes and everything seems okay at home. It smells like either they might have a mold problem in their house or maybe wet clothes are being left in the washer too long.

None of the kids has said anything, but its seems to be getting stronger and its starting to give me headache. I don't have the kind of set-up where I could change him and wash his clothes.

Would you mention it? And how? His parents are nice, but young and his mom is very shy. I would hate to hurt their feelings.

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