Friday, August 28, 2009

Odor Eaters

After running my daughter and granddaughter around to an endless list of stores in search of new work clothes last week, we were pretty tired of piling in and out of the car. At one point I sighed and then wrinkled my nose at the unpleasant odor in the car. Cautiously sniffing, I commented that someone must have inadvertently "stepped" in something.

A quiet voice came out of the back seat, "I'll just put my shoes back on..."

And my daughter nearly made herself sick laughing. Earlier in the week she'd commented that she refused to wear her daughter's sneakers. Well, now I knew why!

When we got home, one of the first orders of business was to take care of those sneakers. Apparently T had been wearing them all summer with no socks. Ewwww!

The strange thing is I remember going barefoot and wearing tennis shoes with no socks back when I was a kid, but we never had a problem with bad odors. It makes me wonder why the problem exists now. What environmental changes have caused the difference? Heck back when I was a kid, you took two baths a week. One on Wednesday and one on Saturday night. Washed you hair once a week. Washed your feet at night before you went to bed.

And we didn't have AC so we sweated like... well, just take my word for it. Of course, so did everyone else. No one had AC. And most folks didn't have fans, either.

Are we any healthier now that we're all deodorized and perfumed? Sometimes I wonder about that.


  1. I think it also may have something to do with the material sneakers are made of now.

  2. I think Barbara may be onto something. Maybe it has something to do with the chemicals they treat the fabric with.

  3. Yep. Agree with that. Still...I'm imagining this. Funny. the cute puppy.

  4. Have had that problem with T, and his size 13 sneakers too. I think as a kid I ran around more barefoot than in shoes. Maybe that helped? I also remember something called foot powder my mom used to dump in the tennies occasionally.

  5. Oh, love! When I was a teen, my aunt wouldn't let me bring my tennis shoes into her house. They had to be left out on the patio! Now that I'm an adult, I don't have that problem. Some things can't be helped. Some folks have feet that sweat and create odd odors. but others don't. Watch what she eats. Chemicals in a kid's body are what cause the type of odor.

  6. I think it's all the processed food we eat...chemicals coming out of your pores

  7. Because we bathed less, sweated more, and used less deodorant, etc., we simply didn't notice the smells. It doesn't take long for your sensory system to stop noticing a persistent smell.