Why does my bedroom smell like #1?
September 20, 2011 6:30 AM Subscribe
My bedroom smells like pee. Ew! Gross! But also: we don't have a pet, we don't have kids, we're scrupulously clean, and we can't seem to find the smell's origin despite much aggressive searching. What on earth can this be?
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (36 answers total)
For the past few months, every few days, my boyfriend or I will walk into our room and be hit by the smell of urine. If we hadn't already torn the room apart looking for the source of the odor, I'd have guessed it was coming from the mattress or a forgotten towel in a corner. But no: the mattress is new and encased in protective latex (which, yes, we've removed in order to do the sniff test), there's no soiled fabric forgotten in any corners of the room, we don't use a humidifier, and neither of us wets the bed or has an incontinence issue. (I swear. We're honest with each other about this sort of thing.) We do have a bathroom right next to our bedroom, but the sniff-test doesn't place the odor in there.
Just to be safe, we've washed and/or thrown away almost all our linens, bath mats, etc. Still the smell persists! Suspecting that we were maybe going insane, I brought a third party in just to confirm the smell: yes, it's real. She smelled it clear as day.
1. What do you think could be the source? AC/heating ducts? Urine from an adjacent apartment? Something in the wood floors? Something else?
2. If it's not pee, what is it? This is sort of weird, but sometimes the odor veers more towards smelling like cooked, unsauced noodles rather than urine.
3. How can we get rid of the smell? We've been spraying Febreze but I don't like the artificial-perfume smell. Are there other de-smellizing options?