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Removing Odors in a Room

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Odor in a Room
Cooking, household cleaners, and other daily activities can leave lingering odors in your home. This is a guide about removing odors in a room.
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June 20, 20050 found this helpful

Removing odors from your home without spending a fortune! This has worked for us! Pet odors, smoke odors or anything! It is called Odo-Ban! This is the bomb! You can get it at Sam's club. They guarantee it!

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We thought we would have to throw out carpeting and bedding, but found this an it works! All you do is use it as a rinse after you have steam cleaned something or use it instead of downy in the rinse cycle of your washer. This stuff works for everything!

By Michelle T.

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November 5, 20040 found this helpful

Simple method to rid room of odors (i.e. smoke, cats, dogs). Fill a cup (or receptacle of your choice) with Clorox and place in a safe location, such as the top of an entertainment center. It will absorb any disturbing odors in your room!

By Marshalle

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June 10, 2008

We had a roommate who rarely bathed. His room is empty and he has gone, however his essence is still in the room that he occupied. I have tried the plug-in things, but they don't do anything. Any ideas? Fortunately I don't need the room immediately, but would like to convert it to a guest room as soon as I remove the stench.

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June 10, 20080 found this helpful

I picked up a hint here that worked for me when I was trying to rid a room of the smell of a smoker. I put a small bowl of coffee grounds in the room on the dresser, closed the door for a few days and the smell was gone. I had already aired the room our and used a fan to blow it out also.

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June 10, 20080 found this helpful

Open a bag of charcoal briquettes and leave it in the room for a few days.

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Try sitting a few small bowls around the room with vinegar in them, it absorbs ordors.

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Painting it might work too.

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

You should shampoo the carpeting, wash the curtains and scrub the walls with bleach water.

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Go to Starbucks and ask them for a bag of used coffee grounds. Yes, they give them away for free. Open the bag and leave it sitting in the room. It will absorb offensive odors. You might want to remove the bag of coffee grounds every four days and replace it with a "fresh" bag. By the way, I love getting these coffee grounds from Starbucks, they smell SO good. You can pour the grounds into your flower beds when you are finished with them.

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

have you tried cleaning it??? all the plug in things do are cover up and mask. yes i would clean every inch and every thing in there. open the windows too.

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

First thing your gonna have to do is clean the room well--I mean REALLY CLEAN it. Try using a bleached based cleaner like clorox cleanup or maybe a citrus cleaner. I'm afraid the only way to really clean is the old fashioned hands and knees on the floor and wipe or mop the walls. The best way to remove smells after cleaning is to use coffee or charcoal. Good luck!

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

If you can't get the carpet cleaned, try sprinkling baking soda on it and letting it sit a day and then vacuum it really, really well. The baking soda is good and absorbing odors and it is cheap. Commercial carpet deodorizers have it but I find the fragrances they put in too strong.

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August 4, 20080 found this helpful

I also heard to set around bowls of pure vanilla, but I haven't tried it!

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April 12, 20090 found this helpful

Remove any cloth or leather furniture. Wipe down any wood furniture. Shampoo the carpeting with rug shampoo for pet odors. Wipe down walls and wash windows. Replace any blinds, shades, drapes or curtains. Wipe down light fixtures. Remove any bedding and wash in hot water. You may have to remove and replace the mattress. Remove any clothing that is in closets. Remove items from closet. After carpeting dries, sprinkle with rug deodorizer and vacuum thoroughly. Hope that helps.

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

Try striking some matches to temporarily kill the odor so yo can clean it.

I would spray all fabric things with Febreze. Use baking soda on the floor over night and vac up in the morning. Wash down any vinyl with vinegar mixed with water. Stick fabric softener sheets in the drawers and closet. IF you can air the room for at least 24 hours with the windows open.

Yankee Candle Company has a great fragrance that smells like clean linen,,,I think that may be the name of it. I get it at Bed Bath and Beyond. It will make the room smell clean.

Don't forget to spray the mattress with Febreze before you put on clean sheets. You might want to use an upholstery cleaner on it but don't get it too wet and let it dry out good before you put on clean sheets.

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June 11, 20100 found this helpful

Wow! These are really good tips. One more to add. Lavender essential oil is antibacterial and removes odors.

Take a spray bottle, fill with water, add 20 drops of Lavender and give the room a good spray. Lavender does not mask odors but actually attacks the bacteria causing the odor. This is very green! Good Luck!

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June 11, 20100 found this helpful

I have used OdorsOut for odor in dresser draws, wow what a job all the oder gone. It is for carpets from pet odors. I would use it on mattress as well.

You can find it at Pet Smart or Pet-Co, Pet Food Stores. It's spindy but it works and not a lot of work.

You just sprinkle it on leave it for a couple of days or until you have time to vacum.

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June 14, 20100 found this helpful

Sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet, inside the cupboards and drawers of any furniture. Leave overnight. Vacuum everything thoroughly and wash any bedding, curtains, etc. Fill a spray bottle with boiled/purified water and 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of tea tree or eucalyptus oil and give the room a good spraying. Then keep the windows open to air out. Your smelly problem should then be gone.

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October 26, 20100 found this helpful

Try incense. I cooked a pot of collard greens once that made the whole house smell for days and nothing worked until I tried the incense.

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March 5, 2016

I noticed about a month ago that my guestroom started to have a chemical like odor. I looked for mold or mildew and did not see any. I removed the carpet and did not see anything. My dogs are not allowed in the room so there are no pet stains. The smell has since changed to a pickle-like smell.

I painted the room and the smell went away for 2 days and has come back. We do not use gas here, so I know that too is not the culprit. My house is a 14 year old manufactured home. I have literally tried to smell every wall and the floor and cannot identify the source. The weirder thing is that when I have the fans on, the smell intensifies. Can anyone please shed some insight to my problem as my husband and I are at a loss at this point?

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February 7, 2011

About three years ago, my family moved into a newly constructed house. For the past year, my family has noticed a household smell that is noticeable once you leave our house. As long as you are inside our home, you cannot detect the smell, it is only noticeable when we transfer environments (i.e. go to work, shopping, etc.).

The smell is on your clothing and hair and it lingers. I describe the smell as being that of grease and vitamins mixed together. We have tried airing out the house, burning candles, and spraying products like Febreze in an attempt to eliminate the odor, but it still is present. My family and I are embarrassed about this smell and even avoid getting close to people. Any advice would be great!

By Ashlee from GA

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February 7, 20110 found this helpful

Wow what a problem! I can't think of anything other than citrus.This reminds me of years ago when I had just moved into a new place. My cat had a urinary tract infection that I of course didn't realize till it was to late for my carpet, or so I thought. Thankfully she only went in two corners of my living room. I did everything and used every product available!

My Italian Grandmother said to use lemons. I sliced lemons and laid them all over the area and flipped them once a day then replaced them.Not only did it pull the odor of cat urine out it made my whole house smell good. I guess at this point it's worth a try to go buy some lemons, oranges and even grapefruits. Slice them up and put them around your house. They should last a few days I would think. Good luck to you. One other thing that makes my house smell great is the Swiffer dust and shine. I don't use a swiffer just a micro fiber cloth. It smells great!Please post and let me know how your making out with this. Best of luck!

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February 8, 20110 found this helpful

It sounds like you might need an inspection to make sure there are no chemical leaks. You might want to call on your local fire company and see if they have any way to detect what is causing the smell. Don't wait, please, what you describe sounds like a chemical smell and that can be terribly dangerous. Be safe.

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February 8, 20110 found this helpful

I am with JKuhns7448 to have your home inspected for safety sake. I would have both the fire inspector and the city do it.

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February 9, 20110 found this helpful

I'd strongly advice to get a certified inspector and check the quality/brand of the drywall. Here in south Florida, there have been serious problems with new home constructions due to the use of Chinese drywall. It seems that certain manufacturers of drywall have used materials that create fumes which in turn corrode copper pipes. It's a problem that goes beyond cleaning the walls or airing out the house. Google "chinese drywall" to get more details. Good luck!

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May 13, 2016

I bought a mattress off craigslist for an unoccupied room in my house. I didn't realize it had an odor until it was too late. I don't know if it was urine or cigarette smoke or both, but it was pretty gross. So I called a carpet cleaning company to clean up the mattress and see if I could get rid of the smell. After cleaning it I left it in the room for a few days, but the smell only got worse and permeated the room. After having it cleaned one more time to no avail I threw the mattress away.

Now it has been about a week and even though the stinky mattress is gone the smell has not left the room! The room was recently repainted and the wood floors were refinished about a month and a half prior to this mattress ordeal. The room is also empty, there is only one other twin bed that does not stink and a night stand.

I am at my wits end and willing to do whatever it takes to get this smell out of the room ASAP. The smell is a biological kind of bacteria like smell. It is a dirty human smell of that helps. I'm thinking the child of the person who sold me the old mattress urinated on it and tried to cover it up. Also I called the guy who sold me the mattress and found out he also smoked inside his house....awesome.

Please help!

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