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Removing Air Freshener Residue from Apartment

I have been over spraying air freshener that was in concentrate form in my apartment not realizing I was literally poisoning myself over a 4 month period and I wound up in the hospital. The problem is I can't get it out. I have had the windows open and the air filter changed. My friends have wiped things down and vacuumed. I literally get sick even with the windows open. It has burned any skin that was not covered, eyes, and lungs. It has effected my hair, bladder, etc. I really need help. I can't stay in my place and have no money to hire someone to do the proper cleaning that it needs. I am a renter. Any tips would be helpful. Also please be aware that this does happen even in little doses and could be the reason for small allergies and asthma reactions.

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October 1, 20170 found this helpful
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I would suggest talking with the management of the complex. Ask if they have an ozone machine and if so would they mind running it in your apartment for an afternoon. I used to clean apartments. When tenants would move out before they rent the unit again maintenance comes in and fixes anything broken. They paint and clean or replace the carpet etc. My job would then be to come in and clean after the maintenance crew was finished and be sure it was clean for the new tenants.

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The last step after I did my job was running an ozone machine in the unit for a few hours. This basically neutralizes the air taking out any foul odors and purifies the air. The ozone machine can not be run with living beings in the house it will make pets or people sick while it is working but once it is finished the apartments smell like new. Nearly all apartment complexes use these, if you explain to the management your situation they can more than likely help you out as it does not cost them anything extra. Good luck!

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October 2, 20170 found this helpful

I think you'd have to attack the walls and surfaces with diluted vinegar, keep all the windows and doors our, and get an air purifier. Sorry this happened to you. :(

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October 8, 20170 found this helpful

Shampoo the carpeting ...finish with a water vinegar rinse

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