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Old 12-31-2006, 12:40 AM   #11
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could it be the cabinets?
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:27 AM   #12
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We live in an old house here in metro Sydney Australia (built late 40's early 50's). However the kitchen cabinets are brand new. Maybe it's the old house.
I am going to try all your suggestions though
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:48 AM   #13
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if it`s only in certain pots and it`s Garlic you can smell, may I take a guess and say these are not Stainless steel pots :)
the reason I say this is that SS will eliminate garlic odours by breaking down the molecule responsible for the smell, other metals and pot/pan coating won`t do this, and since this smell particle is an oil when you have freshly washed it there`s still a coating of the smell under the layer of water, when this evaps 100% the smell comes back.

I could be wrong, but it would perfectly the info you`ve given us so far.

edit: Taken from my other Site:
"The smelly
active sulphur species in garlic and onions; the volatile selenides in
garlic, cabagge, and broccili; and also the chlorides in salty water will
all attack and destroy the passive film of most stainless steels more
quickly than the film can be repaired in a low oxygen environment.
Some of the smelly compounds will bind to your hands ( onto proteins,
lipids etc ) and will become non-volatile ( non-smelly ), but the number
of binding sites is limited, hence any excess of smellies results in
smelly hands.
By binding to the metals in the stainless steel bar, the unbound smelly
compounds on the surface your hands are transformed into non-volatile
( and thus non-smelly) compounds and complexes on the surface of the
stainless. The new surface layer, which is weakly adhering and fragile,
will be continuously abraded off by the active rubbing of the bar and
replaced by oxides using oxygen from air or water."

this should give you an idea what`s going on :)
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:52 PM   #14
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yes you are right YT. They are not stainless steel. Actually and come to think of it..the stainless steel pots we have ..DO NOT SMELL..at all. These pots are the "non-stick" type...but where the teflon has most probably worn away (with age). But now we come to the plates. Some are extremely old"pyrex" dishes which we purchased back when I first got married....in 1968. I wonder whether this has anything to do with this problem....the age of them I mean.
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:27 PM   #15
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Just an off the wall thought....I noticed you also asked in another thread about tasting raw egg in cakes. Does your wife also not taste this? If she, or others don't taste or smell things you do, maybe you have a health problem that needs checking out. I found this:


Dysosmia
Infected nasal sinuses and damage to the olfactory bulbs can cause dysosmia, the distorted sense of smell. Head trauma can cause this disorder. Poor oral hygeine can lead to dysosmia. In these cases, a person may also find that disagreeable odors are accompanied by the sensing of unpleasant tastes. In addition, brain-stem disease can cause smelling disorders. An epileptic seizure can include olfactory hallucinations.
Mental conditions such as depression and schizophrenia may be accompanied by dysosmia. In addition, when people who are person severely dependent on alcohol quit drinking, they may experience dysosmia.
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:55 PM   #16
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Could it be the drying towel? Do you use a softener on your towels? Softeners would not only cut down on the absorbancy, (sp) it probably contains a fragrance. I don't use on either dish towel or bath towels.

Just a thought.
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Just an off the wall thought....I noticed you also asked in another thread about tasting raw egg in cakes. Does your wife also not taste this? If she, or others don't taste or smell things you do, maybe you have a health problem that needs checking out. I found this:
I was thinking the very same thing because my mother is has a severe obsessive/compulsive disorder, and my father swears she can smell fly s**t in the neighbor's house across the street.
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