Monday, January 21, 2013

SCENTS AND SCENTABILITY

Clean… 
What is it a matter of?
Sight or smell?
Here in Mexico
There’s a cleaning product called Fabuloso…
Not so fabulous to me…
Besides cleaning dirt off of stuff…
Fabulosa can remove grout…
And take the finish off of natural tile. 
(I’ve seen it happen at the condo I rented) 
This product comes in all sizes…
Even five gallon containers…
And has over twelve different scents.
Hmm?
Having smelled the fumes of Fabuloso everywhere in Mexico
I wonder…
Is Fabuloso the Mexican idea of what clean smells like?
I know some people think the smell of moth balls is clean.
Me? Oh, yuck! Smells like granny’s closet.
For some, the smell of pine makes them feel clean…
And others, lemons, oranges, and even cucumbers.
And if you’ve ever traveled the Pennsylvania turnpike…
You know what they think clean smells like. Yuck again!
My kind of clean?
I’ve been known to sniff Murphy Oil Soap and get high.
And then I got to wondering even more…
If a clean scent is so important in our lives…
How important is a clean scent in your novels?
Have you ever used a clean scent…
As a major or minor part of a story?
And what about you?
What smell makes you feel clean?

Always, Em-Musing






11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No, I don' think I have used a clean scent. And to me, the scent of clean is the absence of a smell.

Jessica Bell said...

I don't use many chemical cleaners. I just clean everything with a microfiber cloth and water. It works wonders :)

The scent of any cleaning fluid gives me a headache.

Anne Gallagher said...

Bleach always makes me think of clean, but I don't use it. lol

I use "Simple Green" and regular cleanser for just about everything. Elbow grease helps too.

DL Hammons said...

Being without a sense of smell, I'll have to pass on your question. But I will say an image of Mr. Clean did pop into my head. :)

farawayeyes said...

Ha! Now I've heard everything, someone blogging on Fabuloso (very popular here also).

I clean primarily with soap and water and sometimes vinegar. I hate the smell of the purple Fabuloso.

Not exactly sure what clean smells like, maybe it's like someone else said; the absence of smell.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've used bleach for so long I don't even smell it anymore. It about kills off my husband when I clean the bathroom though.

Stephen Tremp said...

I hate the smell of moth balls. And the only clean smell for me is no smell at all.

Barbara Watson said...

Hmmm. I haven't addressed the clean scent in my writing (that I can think of), but the freshness of an open, outdoor place is something I use when a character suddenly feels free.

For me, clean is definitely of the citrus variety.

Shay Lacy said...

I used to have a cleaning lady. I associated the scent in the house afterwards as "clean". I don't remember what it was. As a romance writer, I do address the scent of clean, usually on the hero after a shower.

Adam said...

they sell Fabuloso at dollar tree

Creepy Query Girl said...

huh! Lovely thoughts! I guess my personal 'clean' scent would be a mix of mountain air with a slight hint of fabric softener:)