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Nose Blindness, Mouthwash, and Hand Sanitizer–Your Questions Answered

How can your nose go blind to certain smells? Why don’t hand sanitizers dissolve your skin cells? What’s the science behind mouthwash? Shoutout to Pal Dali, Hojjat Abdollahi and The Last Targaryen for sending us these awesome chemistry questions. Got more questions? Drop ‘em in the comments and we might answer them in future episodes. Thanks for asking!

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Producer: Elaine Seward
Writer: Alexa Billow

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Sources:
https://www.thecut.com/2014/08/why-cant-you-smell-your-own-home.html
https://academic.oup.com/chemse/article/25/4/473/342750
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3501690/
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2596158/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK26865/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3748664/

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