I'm living in a new place. On the second floor there is somebody who smells really bad, when I'm walking up the stairs its like a nursing home x 10 on that floor. I'm on the 4th and when I keep the windows open its fine but after having them closed for around a day or so, the smell creeps up here.

Keeping a window open every day isn't really practical since it goes down to -30C around here in the winter so what do you guys suggest to avoid the smell? I saw a commercial for an automatic air freshener for bathrooms in the tv once, are those any good?

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    There are a lot of different things one might describe as "old people smell" or "nursing home". Can you be more specific? Moth balls? Old spice? Feces? Mildew? – Grant Mar 25 '16 at 0:27
  • Fre breeze spray or Oder be gone depends on if it is tobacco or urin both have helped me. – Ed Beal Mar 25 '16 at 1:59
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    @EdBeal Did you mean "Odor be gone", or "Older be gone"? – Tester101 Mar 25 '16 at 13:08
  • Yep Odor be gone , but Older would be funny . thanks tester – Ed Beal Mar 25 '16 at 13:33
  • I'm an older person. I like the smell. – Rob Mar 25 '16 at 14:11

This situation calls for a conversation with your property manager. Airflow is probably the only solution, and it may be necessary to ask the downstairs resident to keep an exhaust fan on for a larger part of each day.

You might also investigate ionization filters, though they have their own issues. Ozone can be problematic for some.


Most likely is that someone spilled something on that floor's floor & never cleaned it up or out. Complain to the Landlord & have them thoroughly clean all of the common areas.

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