Thanks Palandine and Ahkaine and Gunny. Search for "dead flesh smell vicks" on Google (I hope no-one looks at my search history
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drj144 wrote:I would like any advice please on the best thing to do when on a really bad dead body. I tried dryer sheets the last time and it did okay. The guy had been dead for about three to four weeks and was very ripe. I have heard of smoking Swisher Sweet Cigars, however, I don't think that is a good idea at the scene and despise smoking. I tried Vicks one time, however, very hard to get out of nose and made me sick. Is there any commercial product on the market for this subject and if so where can it be purchased?
They took their handkerchiefs and soak them in creosote and tied around their faces. He said after that, he could not even get a hint of the smell. But later in the day when he finished work, when he had a cup of tea he near vomited. He said that for about 24 hours every he ate/drank, tasted like creosote.
By the way, creosote is a deadly poison.
But this one is safe and does work.
Wear one of those disposable face masks and soak it in a mix of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oils. The smell of the body is dramatically reduced and is no longer nauseating.
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OneRobertFour wrote:I just hold a Vionex towelette over my face. Later. if the odor has worked its way into my sinuses. I'll grab one of those cheapy, 7-11 hotdogs loaded with onions. No lie. Of course, you still have to get the uniform DX'd
LeoLounge wrote:Don't think I'm crazy, but what works is moist scented baby-wipes inside a dust-mask. I am very sensitive to odors, and I couldn't care less if it looks professional to walk around with a mask on. I think it looks more professional than vomit.
Just my 2 cents worth
There were also some interesting comments on a blog post about OderScreen
jonmc wrote:Actually dealing with the smell of death has been a consistent problem in those professions. My freind was a paramedic in NYC during 9/11 and worked in the rescue/retreival efforts afterwards. The gases from the corpes would be trapped in the spaces between the rubble and when it was moved the smell was unbelievable, he said. When I visited him just after, he showed me a tube of this vapo-rub type stuff rescue workers were given. I asked him if it helped and he said not really.
edmo wrote:I worked for the Coroner's Office for a short time. The smells can be disgusting. First you try Vicks, and think it will replace death smell with mint. But it doesn't, it just mixes the smells so you have minty/menthol death smell. Vanilla would just be vanilla death smell. It really would ruin vanilla ice cream. The only thing that will make the smell disappear is a gas mask. For funeral home workers I don't think they'd use it, they have formaldehyde and bleach. Sanitation in the death business is very important and the smell of clean is fine by me.
orthogonality pointed out the name and a link about "Sauce bernaise effect"
Sauce béarnaise syndrome is the official name for the learned taste aversion to a food that comes after that food has been associated with nausea, even if you are intellectually aware that the food was not the cause of the sickness.