Well+Good: ‘I’m an Olfactory Scientist, and This Is How to Know if You’ve Gone Nose-Blind to Odors in Your Home’

In shape-shifting our homes into offices, schools, gyms, day-care centers, and more since the onset of the pandemic, many of us have also graced these spaces with our constant presence—plus the body odors that come along with it. We’ve also brought in additional smell-generating activities, from cooking or eating take-out inside every night to sweating through squats or sun salutations on the regular. As such, your home has likely taken on new or more intense odors—but if you’re acclimated to them, you may not be able to detect them due to a phenomenon called nose blindness.

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