Dear Queenie,

  My mother-in-law uses so much perfume that we have to open the windows to air out the house when she visits. We have tried to talk to her about this and ask her not to use so much when she comes to visit us but nothing changes.

  Queenie, what more can we do?—Stunck-up

Dear Stunck-up,

  Your mother-in-law may not have much sense of smell, especially if she is getting on in years, and may not realise how strong the scent of her perfume is. Keep asking her not to use so much, or not to use any perfume at all, when she visits you.

  And you may find that wearing a mask to protect you from COVID-19 will also at least help to protect you from your mother-in-law’s perfume.

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