Have you ever walked into the room your boyfriend was sitting in only to be bombarded by a stinky smell? “Man stench” is what we call it in our house. While it is nice to share things in a relationship, spreading stink is not something that should be openly shared. Men are stinky creatures in general. It seems like the harder they work, the more they sweat and stink. Good hygiene will help keep the stench at bay and keep your boyfriend smelling his best. If you notice your guy is not practicing good hygiene techniques, there are some good ways to tell him without hurting his ego.
Buy Cologne For Him
This is my favorite tip for getting your man to smell good. Gifting him cologne and/or body wash for his birthday and Christmas will be one of the best things you can do for yourself in the long run. Picking out scents you like to smell on him is just one of the perks of buying him such gifts! Encourage him to use the cologne more by telling him how wonderful he smells. After a while, he will start using it without you having to mention it to him. You get the benefits of him smelling good and not having to deal with hurting his ego.
Make A Showering Schedule
Making a shower schedule will benefit the both of you. This is especially useful if there are also children in the house. We do this at home and it works out great. I shower in the morning or during the day, the baby has a bath between 7pm and 8pm, and my boyfriend showers after we put the baby to bed. Although the schedule is not like a rule, he usually has no issues. It seems as though men do better with a little more structure.
Buy Specific Products Which Target The Issue
When dealing with an actual stench that keeps reoccurring, you need to be proactive. If it is his feet that carry the smell, perhaps purchasing shoe inserts would help. If body odor (from underarms or anywhere else) is the problem, buying deodorant and other “smell good products” would be the place to start. I usually pick up deodorant when I know my boyfriend is running low, that way I know he sees it when he helps unpack the shopping bag. I also tend to throw out the one that is nearly empty and place a fresh one in the bathroom.
Talk To Him
If you decide to use this option, proceed with care. Men aren’t really cleanliness oriented. Mention to him that him being careless in his hygiene can also affect your health. Make sure you tell him that you care about him and are concerned for his health and how much you care about him.
Try to remember to approach this issue with care. Coming out and declaring that he stinks will not only hurt his ego, but will definitely make him a little angry. Try and work out the best solution for reteaching him to shower daily, use deodorant, and cologne. Keep in mind that if he was a bachelor for a while before meeting you, he has to get used to dating again. Sharing is caring, just not so much in this case.