My friend Clint sure has a loud voice, and he contributes some interesting info:
Saunas actually smell wonderful!
Cedar, the smell of hoppy beverages (recommended), and even some essential oils on the sauna rocks make for a splendid odoriferous experience. But, isn’t sweat stinky? The answer is yes, some sweat is stinky.
Two types of s
are responsible for stinky sweat and are located in your armpits and around the groin area. This is the sweat that contains hormones, can foster bacteria growth (stink), and serve several different evolutionary purposes (different topic altogether!). They do not react to heat.
Merocrine glands are far more numerous on the body and are used for thermoregulation. And… they don’t smell. It’s just water with a little bit of salt in it. You have about 3 million of these glands. This is why saunas stay naturally sterilized and smell fresh year around.
Clean your sauna.
Yes, you should do a good spring cleaning each year, but for the most part, thanks to merocrine glands, saunas require almost no maintenance or gas mask.