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Smelly Alarm

For houses
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Smelly houses. It can be hard to realise you're in one since your sense of smell becomes de-sensitized and visitors are simply too polite to tell you.

I propose a small alarm that you put near the smoke alarm. It is capable of analysing the components of smells and categorising them with a suitable warning sound and a readout.

I imagine a number of categories

-Smelly cat woman
-Wet dog
-Mouldy pet food
-Inexplicable lingering fish
-Fetid underwear
-Dead mouse
-Nasty toilet
-Dreadful scented candle

and many others as yet undetermined.

You can't manage what you don't measure.

DenholmRicshaw, Jan 15 2009

Very similar but not alarming Smell-to-Voice_20Translator
This idea is only just different [DenholmRicshaw, Jan 15 2009]

Ambi Pur changes fragrances http://www.visit4in...ir-Fresheners/62759
I appear to have been de-sensitised to it - cannot smell it at all now. [po, Jan 16 2009]

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       "Buy Soap! Buy Soap! Buy Soap! Buy Soap!"   

       [+]
miasere, Jan 15 2009
  

       Get rid of the cat! Get rid of the cat!
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 15 2009
  

       Surely the cat would get rid of the lingering fish?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 15 2009
  

       Only if it can explain it.
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 16 2009
  

       I remember reading somewhere about a person with congenitally blocked sinuses who was employed as a bill collector.   

       He would douse himself with fishwash and then go sit in the client's office till they paid up.
neelandan, Jan 16 2009
  

       Counterattack: release the cats.   

       Did the guy get paid by the hour? If the debtor happened to be, say, a fishmonger, then that would be a very lucrative stalemate.
Texticle, Jan 17 2009
  

       //shut up and stuffy// sp. thermally efficient
pertinax, Jan 17 2009
  

       //houses in the UK were very smelly in winter//   

       I have a theory; it's all the milky tea that gets spilt into the carpet.
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 17 2009
  

       Every place I've ever been to in Vancouver smells mouldy to me.
(+), but this thing would just ring off the hook there unless individual odors could be deactivated.
  

       Bathrooms - what are they?
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 18 2009
  

       Bathrooms are chambers which contain either:   

       1: A bath tub (Australian usage)   

       2: A toilet (American usage)   

       3: Or sometimes both.   

       This idea should definitely include the "Not enough soap, deodorant, and foot powder" alarm.
ye_river_xiv, Jan 18 2009
  

       //Not enough soap, deodorant, and foot powder//   

       Noisy for us Poms then.
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 19 2009
  

       [+] I admit that I am too polite to tell someone yet I want to be told if it is my house that smells.
Jscotty, Jan 21 2009
  

       what [jscotty] said
FlyingToaster, Jan 21 2009
  

       I simply provide each visitor with a wooden clothespin to put over their nose.
Cedar Park, Jan 26 2009
  

       Wet Dog is right up there. I guess the devil is in the atomised detail.
My problem comes with dirtily washed Tea mugs. It happened and I told them.
gnomethang, Jan 26 2009
  
      
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