So, you all have been following my travails in Seattle living for a while now. In Craigslist, I thought I found the perfect room - furnished, nice roommate (who is also the landlord), clean, in a new house, and in a good location. But, the whole house smells like sweet, yeasty wheat bread, and my asthma is not amused.
The roommate also owns two cats. When I went to look at the place, I asked about the smell, and she said was the two catboxes that she had. But, it smelled too heavy and 'nice' to be the catboxes, especially since she said she cleaned them that day. The litter she uses is Feline Pine, which I have used in the past, and it didn't smell like that at all. Plus, I work with 30+ cats in a shelter every weekend, and it doesn't smell as heavy as this place does.
More details: In Seattle, it's a house in the Rainier Vista Community
, which is a 3 year old housing complex with houses built in a 'green' fashion. The house itself is 2-3 years old. It has a gas stove and fireplace. The house itself is very clean. She also keeps plants, but only a few of them. The overall smell is 'wheaty', and the air feels moist inside. So now that I've moved in, I have a HEPA filter with a clean pre-filter going 24/7 in my room to try to get rid of it, and I sleep with the window cracked, but that doesn't help the rest of the house, and I'm still having asthma issues. The smell is everywhere in the house at the same levels, and it doesn't go away at all - it's constant. The upstairs has carpeting where my room is, but the downstairs is hardwood floors.
The roommate did notice a 'new house' smell when she moved in, but she says that it's gone. I really want to eliminate this so that I can stay here, because otherwise it's a nice place. And we are stumped as to what it is. (To the roommate's credit, she is working with me on this, and if I do have to leave, I'm not tied to a lease, it's month to month. So I don't have to worry about that, at least.)