(Closed) any advice on getting weird smells out of your house?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You can bring in an ozone machine and have your carpets steamed.

Post # 5
5544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Wood shouldn’t hold smells. Maybe try changing the air filters? That make little clip on thing for the filters to make it smell better. Also, if you’re allowed, scenty or candles work wonders for smelling good!

Post # 6
1281 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Leave an open container of coffee beans out

Post # 7
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@brandybelle:  I don’t know, but if your floors are sealed, then the smell shouldn’t get into the wood. An ozone machine will get the smell out of the air and the furniture.

Post # 8
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Is your house humid? If it is, then there’s a possibility of mold. We have a dehumidifier in our basement, and when we don’t empty it, we can tell because of how much our basement stinks (the house is from the late 1800s or early 1900s, and I guess the owner prefers a dehumidifier to renovations to make the basement less humid).

It’s weird that this would suddenly be a problem now, though.

Post # 10
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Yeah…that could be mold, which depending on what type it is, runs from benign nusiance to life threatening situation…call a remediation company and have them test the air for spores…they’ll advise what the next move is, and that way you’ll know what your dealing with…there could be a small pipe leak in the walls that’s going undected or a seepage issue from the roof…the smell is there for a reason, don’t cover it up

Post # 11
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Check the fridge drip-tray that is bolted to the bottom of the fridge! (Yes, this is a big task.. Sorry..)
A similar situation happened in a house I used to rent. It took us 3 weeks to figure it out. Something had gotten caught there and got really, really nasty.

Means taking everything out of fridge and freezer, and cleaning the heck out of it, and flushing the drip line from freezer into that tray. (Depending on your fridge set up)

I would equate that smell to cat urine.

Post # 12
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If you are renting, you are legally required to inform your landlord if you suspect there is mold. Mold is pretty serious. Toxic mold causes major illness. So if you really do think mold might be the issue or part of the issue, that’s actually more important than taking care of the smell.

Post # 13
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No suggestions for the smell but… You hear about these things in the news every once in a while… they find a lonely old widow whose body has been rotting for weeks in their apartment because they had no friends or family who bothered to check on them regularly, only to be discovered by the stench coming through the vent of other tenants apartments….  Sorry to be so morbid, just sounds like a good premise for a scary movie! lol

Post # 15
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just a suggestion— we are renting a house where cats have lived before and, only when it’s humid, the corner of our dining room REAKS like cat pee. We contacted a contractor we know and he told us it could be a few things– it’s soaked into the carpet and underpadding, it’s soaked into the subfloor, it’s in the drywall or it’s in the joists.

Once the cat pee is dried, it crystalizes and only lets off odour when moist.


Fantastic, isn’t it?

Post # 16
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had a roommate with a horrible cat that peed around the apartment a few years ago.  It could just be that the person before you had a peeing cat as well and now that it’s wet you can smell it… 

I would reccoment cleaning your floors and baseboards with a vinegar/hot water mixture (I think the first round is supposed to be 3:1 Vinegar/Water and then a second round of 1:3).  It did help me, because it’s supposed to help break down and remove the oil in the urine residue.

Good luck!

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