I'm a single guy, so I have to do all the cleaning myself. The trouble is, it seems all house cleaning products are geared towards women. So, my question is, can anyone recommend manly scented cleaning products or room deoderizers because even if I use odor-less cleaning products, it seems my only choices are 'clean linen' or 'pine scented' air freshners.
In my 2 decades of single-man existence, I never bought anything for the house to make it smell manly *or* flowery, but just cleaned: scouring powder, or vinegar, or ammonia, or bleach, or things like Fantastik, Tilex, Soft Scrub.
Room deodorizers to me make the room smell too much. I don't want to cover bad smells with good smells, but to reduce the bad ones.
Still: I'd bet if you use Pine-Sol on the wood floors, it'll smell nice and nobody will say it's too flowery!
Throw away those sissy cleaners and do all your cleaning with diesel oil.
I knew a fellow who, while serving as a Coastie Machinist's Mate routinely used diesel as a cleaner/polish in shipboard engineering spaces. He said it made everything look really great for inspections...and then you spent a lot of time cleaning up every bit of air borne c*** that had stuck to the nice, shiny diesel fuel residue on the machinery.
As somewhat of a clean freak I have found that most scented products do not leave a lingering room filling aroma. Lemon Pledge, Clorox Wipes, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a Windex type all purpose cleaner covers about 98% of my cleaning needs.
To actually deodorize a room takes a little more effort. Soft porous surfaces like carpets and upholstered furniture can absorb odors like a sponge. Given enough time those odors can absorb into painted walls as well. An upright steam cleaner (about $150-$250 at Wal-Mart) will do wonders and is indispensable if you're like me and have pets. A fresh coat of paint on the walls every few years will freshen up a room and help eliminate odors. Some paints are even advertised to have deodorizing additives.
Well, you pretty much summed it up with the OP. In my years of living solo, this never was a problem. Lemon Pledge, Endust, Pinesol pretty much covered the list. Comet on the really nasty stuck on stuff, Windex on the glass & chrome. Never noticed anything leaving the house smelling particularly "girlie" or "girlie-man". I'll add this, though. If you smoke, do it outside. Best day I had at one job was when the place went "Non-Smoking". And the day we cleaned the lighting fixtures and venetian blinds at work, EVERYBODY who'd been bellyaching about not being able to smoke indoors stopped fussing about it.
CLR cleaning products are good, strong too. I live with my best friend, and usually we have guys from our team hang out here, so it gets pretty messy ha.
Given that most of the chemicals that give you the smell mix with ozone in your apartment to form carcinogens, I would suggest the following.
Backing Soda on the carpet to deodorize it and 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for cleaning solution. Simple soap and hot water is also highly effective. Simple fact you don't need to money on all of that stuff. The simple stuff works as well, if not better. But markets a free to tell you otherwise.
The real way to deodorize the room is to open some widows.
I use this stuff called Holy Cow. The smell is non-intrusive and it gets the job done. As stated earlier, the best way is to remove the source of odors and open some windows. If the smell still lingers, I gather a large handful of strong-scented plants (mint is great; easy to grow and not un-manly) and allow the smell to fill the room.
Try burning some Nag Champa after you clean with some Murphy's Oil Soap products.
i think most cleaning chemicals smell like exactly that chemicals not girly smells though i would agree with you that candles and febreezes and things like that do lean girly. there's a company/product called mancan that makes man scented cnadles. not sure if anyone makes sprays that smell like leather or other manly smells
I don't find pine-sol to be overly effeminate. Bleach and windex too. I guess you could deoderize with bay rum. That certainly is a male scent. Mostly, I just don't let my manhood hinge upon what I enjoy the smell of. I don't mind in the slightest sauntering into a craft fair to buy soap, candles and incense from little old ladies.