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Take a whiff to celebrate National Sense of Smell Day

April 26, 2013

CINCINNATI — To celebrate National Sense of Smell Day on April 27, Cintas Corporation has announced 10 fun facts about humans' sense of smell, according to a press release.

Sponsored by Sense of Smell Institute, National Sense of Smell Day aims to educate and raise awareness about the power of scents, the release stated.

Odor control specialists at Cintas highlighted facts to help organizations understand the powerful role that scent plays within their facilities and how it impacts the lives of building occupants each and every day, the release noted.

According to the release, Cintas highlights the following fun facts about sense of smell:

Sense of smell fun fact #1: Everyone has a unique odor identity similar to a fingerprint — no two people smell the same way except identical twins.

Sense of smell fun fact #2: The human brain can process roughly 10,000 different smells in an area the size of a postage stamp.

Sense of smell fun fact #3: A woman’s sense of smell is much stronger than a man’s.

Sense of smell fun fact #4: A person’s sense of smell is weakest in the morning and the ability to perceive odor increases throughout the day.

Sense of smell fun fact #5: Approximately 80 percent of what we taste is actually qualified by our sense of smell. This is why our taste is diminished during a cold or flu.

For more facts, click here.

"Since our sense of smell is highly linked to memory and perception, businesses should implement programs that work to tackle malodors in restrooms and other key areas of the facility," said Dave Mesko, senior director of marketing and strategy for Cintas Corporation.

"Through cleaning programs and odor-control products, businesses can ensure customers are constantly greeted with a fresh scent and positive first impression," Mesko added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.