How to get rid of a mystery odor:

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How to get rid of a mystery odor


What’s the smell? Where is it coming from? All you know is it is disgusting, and you can’t get rid of it soon enough. Sometimes we have to turn into detectives to figure out what may be causing an unpleasant odor in the house or car.


Common sources include:

  • Spoiled food in the refrigerator
  • Rotting food in bottom of garbage can
  • Spilled milk
  • Garbage disposal
  • Spill under the fridge, oven or dishwasher
  • A dead rodent
  • Water causing mold or mildew
  • Dirty diaper pail
  • Cat litter box or puppy pee pad
  • Bird cage
  • Fish tank or aquarium

First, plug in your AirRestore system of Air Naturalizers, dispersing them throughout your home. They will get to work right away, cleaning up the odors in the air and leaving it smelling fresh.

Do a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning of your home. Clean out the fridge, throw away anything that looks past its prime, and take out the trash right away afterward. Scrub the garbage container out with water with a little bleach in it, and let it dry thoroughly. Wash off the outside of the container, too. Clean the floors, especially in the kitchen, where spilled milk can cause big odor problems. Pull out big appliances and clean the floor beneath them.

Still smell it? Empty/clean anything your pets may have done their business in: Clean out the litter box or pee pad; inspect the carpets and furniture for any “accidents” and look for anything suspicious in piles of blankets and laundry. Empty the diaper pail and clean it well.

Put vinegar and baking soda down the disposal. Let it set for 10 minutes, then run water through to flush it out. You also can pour lemon juice down the disposal or grind small pieces of citrus peels in it to freshen it up.

Have your roof inspected for water damage. Look at the flashing to make sure none is leaking.

Check the traps under sinks, showers or tubs that rarely are used. Run some water through these fixtures to keep dangerous sewer gases away. Check the attic for signs of rodents.

Inspect your furnace filter to see if it needs to be changed.

If you have a chimney, have it checked for bird carcasses. They sometimes get trapped in chimneys, causing odors and other problems.