Identifying and Removing a Bad Odor?

How do I eliminate a bad odor that came out of nowhere? A few days ago we came home and my house smelled like death and melons. I know that sounds funny, but there's no other way of describing the smell. Initially we thought it was the actual trash, so we poured bleach into the trash bag and tied it closed. It was too late at night to put it in the garbage. Then, the following day, the odor was even stronger. So we poured bleach and soap in the trash can itself and set it outside. Well this morning the odor has worsened. It's not the trash or can, it's not my fridge or the freezer, we don't have a garbage disposal, nor does our dog urinate in our house, he knows better than that! We have no freak'n idea where the source of this stankness is coming from. Like I said, it came literally outta nowhere. I do know that the odor isn't in any of our bedrooms or our bathroom. There's no rotten meat or rotten food in our kitchen. I'm not rich, so I can't afford to have a "specialist" come out to check what's up. I highly doubt it if our landlord will come out to check what's up. So I'm needing a solution that doesn't cost much, such as using household items to get rid of this elusive odor, especially since it's not paying my rent, so it's gots'tuh go. lol. But really, all joking aside. Please help me someone, please!


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April 17, 20170 found this helpful

If you can't find the source looking around the house it might be inside the walls, meaning your piping. Try hot water/vinegar/baking soda flushes in your sinks and baths.

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April 17, 20170 found this helpful

You could have a dead animal. The smell intensifies before it goes away. If you are renting, it is the landlord's duty to provide a safe and comfortable place to live.


Contact him or her.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

My bet is one of two things-do you have a drain that the trap has gotten dry in? Pour water (several gallons) in each drain, flush toilets and run water for several minutes in the sinks.

Option 2 is a dead mouse. After about 5 days the smell will go away.

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June 19, 20170 found this helpful

I would noticed a putrid smell in my home when I was away for a week or two. It took months to find the cause. Meanwhile, I noted that the bad smell dissipated after I washed clothe.


ANSWER: The smell came from the PVC pipe on the wall where you stick the washing machine's drain hose. Apparently, while I was away, the p-trap would dry up enough to let sewer gases into the house. I solved the problem by adding water into the pipe regularly. If I was going away for a long time, I added bleach and simple green down the drain. A couple of times, I remove the washer's drain hose and duct-taped the PVC pipe on the wall. Of course, I turned off the cold and hot water and put a tag on the washing machine to remind me not to run it until I replaced the drain hose back into the PVC pipe. No bad smells since.

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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

We have tried everything!! Why is this smell in our food closet?? HELP

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