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Is there a quick cure for refrigerator drip tray stink?

My fridge has a bad stink that has been getting worse lately. I can clean it out and temporarily fix it with vinegar ,bleach, and/or baking powder, but these are not long term fixes. When the water ...
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Inside of Washing Machine smells horrible. How to fix?

I bought a used Washing Machine (Miele W828) that looked to be in perfect condition. It actually works perfectly. However, the inside of the Machine smells horrible, like mildew. This smell gets ...
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I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?

My last tenant was, to put it mildly, a slob. I spent several hours cleaning the fridge pictured below, with a steam cleaner and various cleaning products until it looked nearly new. I then removed ...
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How can I prevent my garage soffit vents from pulling in sewer vent smells?

My garage has a ceiling with fiberglass insulation over plastic air spacers leading to vents under the roof shingles. There is no plywood or drywall over the insulation. The walls are insulated and ...
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Strange smell coming from my dishwasher

I bought a Bosch SMS50E98EU a few month ago. During the second half of the washing cycle it smells like burnt cable. Initially I thought it is okay and will go away after the first few uses, but it is ...
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Strange smell in my bathroom [duplicate]

I have moved into a one bedroom council bungalow a year ago. There has been a very strange smell in the bathroom, it isn't there all the time, in fact there isn't any particular pattern of time when ...
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Why does my garbage disposal blow “swamp gas” up the other sink?

I have a generic garbage disposal, and if I run it with water it runs fine (it spins fine). However once it spins through the water and starts spinning "air" something akin to swamp gas (looks like ...
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Why is there a septic/methane smell only in our kitchen?

I have a new log house and the plumbers didn't want to put a hole in the roof, so they vented my drains with a stutgard(?) for air exchange and flow. Now there is a septic/mehane smell in our kitchen. ...
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Yard Smells Funky When It Rains-I have a Septic System

I just bought a house with well and septic. The last two times it has rained continuously for more than a day I noticed a foul smell around my back yard. There is a septic system, but I had it ...
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Detecting mold with a blacklight

I've heard anecdotally that mold will glow green under a black light (UV light). Is this true? There's a room in my house with a musty odor, and I'm trying to determine the source of the smell. There'...
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Why would my water taste like plastic fumes?

My father and I finally installed my wall mount bathroom sink and re-attached the existing faucet using the existing hardware. Now the water tastes horrible. It smells noticeably fume-y, and tastes ...
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Why is my two month old dishwasher exuding a terrible smell?

In July I purchased a new Whirlpool Gold Series dishwasher model WDF750SAYW1. The machine has done a great job cleaning dishes, but in recently has begun to emit a terrible smell. The stench is not ...
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Water from bathroom faucet smells like rotten eggs

The sink is in the powder room on the main floor of our house. When I turn the water on it is fine for a few seconds then it smells horribly for about 3-4 more seconds then it is back to normal. It is ...
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How to remove milk smell from hardwood floor?

I spilled a bowl of cereal on my hardwood floor. Now the whole room smells like sour milk. Tried mopping with H2Orange and water a couple hours ago, but it still smells. There are a couple of forum ...
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Why does my front loading clothes washer stink?

I have a front loading washing machine which smells really bad. I have also had the brown sludge problem which I've managed to clear with hot cleaning etc. I've noticed I have to empty the filter of ...
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What is causing a cat urine smell in my bathroom?

My bathroom has started smelling like cat urine. We have NO cats. I think the smell is coming from the shower drain. What could this smell be coming from and how do I get rid of it?
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Sewage? Or is my dog just farting?

Periodically, I am encountering a very sulfurous smell in my house (1945 construction, interior completely remodeled/renovated in 2012). It smells strongly of sewage. The smell is strongest in the ...
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How can I get the 2-part epoxy smell out of concrete?

Six months ago or more, my friend used a 2-part epoxy (no longer have the packaging, but it's a double-syringe with clear liquids, purchased at Home Hardware) on something, and some of it (one or both ...
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How can I prevent the fireplace smell when the A/C is on?

I get the ashy fireplace smell in the family room when the A/C is running. I haven't had a fire burning in months. I checked out this question, but it targets a recent fire and a cold air return. ...
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How can I seal electric outlets to prevent garage fumes from seeping through?

Two of my bedrooms share a wall with my garage attic. One of the bedrooms started smelling like gasoline after my snow blower started leaking in the garage. After long investigation, I found out the ...
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How can I find the source of a smell? [duplicate]

OK we moved recently, it's been less than six months. I don't know if it matters but the weather has been its warmest sense we've been here. I think it's relevant because this smell just started about ...
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How do I patch a hole in the slab under a kitchen island?

This is one step further than How do I remove musty smell in coat closet?. There was a sewage backflow under my kitchen island :( I fixed that problem, but now there's a musty smell in one of the ...
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What could be causing a urine smell in our bathrooms?

I live in a home built in 2006. We are a clean family and have no pets. In ALL three of our bathrooms I am smelling an odor of "old urine". I do have a 3-year-old son so at first I thought he was ...
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How can I eliminate an odor in an unvented bathroom?

I have a very small bathroom in my office. The said bathroom is unventilated. Obviously it leads to a foul smell in the bathroom. Please suggest to me some method by which the foul smell can be ...
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How do I find and eliminate a sickly sweet smell in my apartment with no obvious source?

Ever since the start of winter my studio apartment has been smelling quite bad. The smell is sweet and astringent, almost like rancid ice cream or sweet vomit. The apartment is only one room and a ...
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Why is water heater making the water smell like sulfur?

I have an electric water heater that gives the water a sulfur smell. It is only from the hot water. I have heard that changing the anode in the unit can help. If this is the case, what material ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling of smoke after having a fire in my fireplace?

We have a wood-burning fireplace in our family room. Fifteen feet from the fireplace is a large cold air return. When the fireplace is stoked, nice and cozy, everything is fantastic. When I shut it ...
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How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?

We're trying to track the origin of a very putrid smell in our condominium. We have a loft type home, which means two floors with a drywall ceiling between the first and second floor. I first noticed ...
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What to do about a stinky sump pump

My sump pump stinks up by basement. The sump pump works, but I think its the stagnant dirt water that sits in the sump pump over time that just stinks after a while. I have read suggestions to flush ...
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Why would a bathroom emit an odor if pipes aren't clogged?

House has crawl space and the pipes aren't clogged, yet bathroom has stench that wasn't there yesterday. Only thing different today than yesterday is that it's raining today. Why would stench all of a ...
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Who can you call to check on odd smells?

Who would someone call to investigate odd smells. I've been going crazy trying to find the source of this odd,musty smell in our stairwell.
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Should I be concerned by a musty smell after cleaning the shower with bleach?

I was advised to use diluted bleach to clean my shower from time to time. A few minutes after doing so, a (musty?) smell comes from the bathroom. I believe its coming from the shower drain. The ...
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What is the best way to remove pet odor from concrete?

The concrete floor in my garage had been home to a large dog for several years. There is a visible stain and strong smell in one area of the garage floor. The concrete does not appear to be sealed ...
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How can I seal an old wood finish on a 60-year-old wall that is off-gassing?

We just moved into a 60-year-old house and most of it was recently painted with low VOC paint, although one original wall is a medium-color wood finish which is putting out a strange smell. One of us ...
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How can I mitigate copper naphthenate (copper green) smell indoors?

Our contractor treated the edge of some plywood and the bottom of some studs with copper naphthenate. The goal was to treat yummy wood at the concrete interface, which is a good thing since termites ...
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How can I locate and remove a lingering odor? [closed]

My parents have a stench in their room and we can not identify it. It smells fishy. We have already tried changing the bed sheets, smelling the carpet, etc. They are clean I know that. What is the ...
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How can I remove skunk smell from house?

I apologize in advance if this is off-topic but I'm in need of some help and not sure who to ask. Our dog got blasted by a skunk and went inside the house. We've got the dog under control but the ...
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How to find and fix a bad smell of moisture?

We just bought a 3-year old house and there is an odd smell of moisture in the master bedroom and attached bathroom. It smells like someone just took a shower although the house has not been used in ...
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How can I remove the old wood smell from furniture?

My wife just bought an old cabinet from a consignment store. The inside has a strong old wood smell that we are afraid will infuse whatever we put inside. How do get rid of the smell so we can use it ...
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Locating (and, more importantly, removing) mysterious foot smell?

I've just purchased (and moved into) a new house. (New to me; the house was built in 1994). I noticed when I did my initial viewing was that a single spot in the living room seemed to have the smell ...
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What could cause tap water to become smelly after a while?

I keep two glass bottles filled with tap water in a small fridge in my bedroom. The tap water smells fine out of the spout. A few days ago I noticed that the tap water begins to smell bad after ...
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Can I use alcohol for cleaning tables?

For some reason, an unpleasant scent wafted into my room on Sunday, and coincidentally, it was a rainy day that day. As a result, the scent is now stuck to my table, and anything that I put on the ...
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How to fix stinky bathroom sink?

It smells like really musty water, but the water itself does not smell or taste bad at all. Only happens when I run the water, so it doesn't make the room smell, just when you fill something up or ...
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Any methods to cover yourself when dealing with smell during repair

I was thinking of using a mask to cover my nose so that smell / smoke will not get into my nose while I am doing some repair work. Beside using mask, are there better alternative such that I can ...
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How do I remove a fish smell from my freezer?

Yesterday, the electricity was out for a while and I guess some of the fish in my freezer warmed up and juices started flowing out of its bag and into the vent. Now there is a fishy scent creeping up ...
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How to remove smell from new wooden cupboard?

There is a distinct "woody" sort of smell from newly purchased wooden cupboards. Is there a way to remove it such that when I open the cupboards, I will not smell this distinct sort of "woody" smell?
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How to remove bad smell from rubbish chute?

When opening the rubbish chute, there is always a disgusting smell. Is there any way to remove it such that when I open to throw my rubbish, I will not smell it?