Oh god, the smell! The horrible horrible smell!
August 25, 2008 3:52 PM Subscribe
Oh my god. Worst smell ever, of all time, in my kitchen. Best I can describe is a combination of fermented rice, lots of fish sauce, maybe a bit of turpentine...really horrible. Basically we waited a couple of days too long to empty the garbage, something fermented and leaked in the bag, then it got all over the floor when we tried to take the bag out. How do I get the smell out?
posted by Deathalicious to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Any ideas of what the actual smell might be (i.e. chemically)? The strange thing, the smell almost smells like something that would be diluted several thousand times and then used as a key ingredient in cologne or something.
But yeah, mostly we just need to know how to get rid of the smell. It's impregnated into the garbage can (rinsed it out thoroughly with hot hot water and soap, still stinks). It also seems to have gotten into some of the lovely hardwood floor of our kitchen. I've wiped it off, soaked it down with kitchen cleaner, and wiped it off again with minimal results.
I can no longer smell where the spill in the kitchen was unless I put my nose close to the floor (mostly because I'm used to it by now) but when I do put my nose down there I want to puke...reminds me of the more pungent sections of an Asian supermarket, but in a bad way.
Also, I kind of am fascinated by horrible smells. Really horrible smells sometimes smell so bad that they also smell...good? If that makes any sense. So I would love to know what some of the sources of the smell might be. Obviously some of the smell may be food items in and of themselves, but I think we're seriously smelling the results of some kind of unholy chemical reaction