I've got a couple plastic oil drain cans that I use for catching fluids, but one doesn't have a lid so whatever you catch in it will dissipate the odor into the garage. The Honda DW-1 ATF doesn't smell bad at all, but the Maxlife smells horrible. I used Honda genuine VTM-4 fluid for the rear diff. It's stinky too, but not as bad as other diff fluids I've worked with, and kind of reminds me of the smell of the Navy ships I've been on.If you're dabbing a little behind your ears and/or elsewhere, you're doing it wrong. It's not enchanting Eau de Max.
Of course you used VTM-4 fluid only for your rear diff, right?
Congrats on the full size spare. You are now a Piloteer worthy of the name.
But I'm still required by statute to ask, "Valve side up or down?"
I bought one of those Slippery Pete pumps from Amazon for this job, and it worked okay at first but broke all apart after I removed it from the jug when I was putting everything away, so it ended up getting diff fluid all over the cardboard sheets I was using to protect my floor. So easy cleanup, and I threw the pump away, but still managed to stink the place up all afternoon. I'll try the Harbor Freight pump next time, since it's still kind of a one-time-use kind of thing, and it's easier to throw out an oily pump than try to clean it and store it till the next rear diff change.
And I put the new spare with the valve side up. I've read all the threads about the pros and cons of the different methods when I was researching what year tires would fit on mine, but luckily found the same year and model in the junkyard so I know it's the exact same wheel. I can see the spare tire if I stand behind the Pilot now, so I know why most people might prefer the look of the tiny spare, but since I travel in remote areas with no cell coverage regularly, the security of knowing I've got a full size spare is worth it. I also carry appropriate tools in the back for emergencies. I'd like to find a better jack to keep in the Pilot though since I know the factory jack has its limitations.