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New rental has phantom odors

We just moved into a new rental - it's early 1900s with polished hardwood floors. When we moved in there was a bit of a musty odor, but we assumed that this was just "empty house smell". The odor has largely dissipated, except for the bedroom and the adjacent hallway where the smell is getting stronger and now smells a little bit like animal pee (though it could be just general mustiness too). But we cannot locate the exact source of the smell. How do we find the location of the smell and eradicate it!? More details after the fold... [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Jul 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Woman Without Hat!

I have this suede Australian outback hat that I bought at a garage sale a few weeks ago, for $6. I didn't examine it closely at the time, but it reeks of mold and must, leather small, and saddlesoap from a stab at self cleaning. Can I dry clean it? Here's pictures of the hat in question: My Poor Hat, two pics of it. It's a Walkabout brand Australian hat, size small. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on May 19, 2014 - 9 answers

How to clean rotten potato smell on a hard wood floor

This morning, my wife discovered a forgotten bag of potatoes that have apparently been our pantry since the Taft administration. The bag burst, leaving rotten potato mush and juice on our old hardwood floors. It smells like death has vomited more death on top of death. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 8, 2013 - 12 answers

How to clean a stinky fridge

My friends just got power back after Sandy, and their fridge stinks. We've thrown out all the food. What's the best way to clean the fridge? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Nov 1, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me make my apartment not smell bad

I clean my apartment (and myself) on the regular. So why does it smell like dirty laundry all the time? How do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 3, 2011 - 39 answers

How do I stop my mattress from reeking?

Removing Beer on Mattress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 5 answers

I don't want my chair to smell like shampoo! I want it to smell like a chair!

How do I get this shampoo smell out of a recently-cleaned chair? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

How to remove cigarette smells from apartments?

Tiro and I just moved into a new apartment. We love it... except for the smell of cigarettes! How do we get rid of it? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jul 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Smelling like brisket forever doesn't seem like such a terrible fate either.

How do I get rid of the smell of liquid smoke on my skin? I rubbed beef for homemade beef jerky with liquid smoke using my fingers, and now my hand smells delectable. I can't stop salivating and I'm about to start gnawing on my phalanges. Help! [more inside]
posted by halogen on May 23, 2011 - 13 answers

My jewelry smells like the Bog of Eternal Stench

Please help me de-stinkify my costume jewelry! [more inside]
posted by Fui Non Sum on Nov 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Smelly carpet smells like mildew - eww

How do I get the smell out of this recently flooded carpet? [more inside]
posted by jammy on Aug 5, 2010 - 10 answers

When bad smells happen to good kitchens

How can I remove an evil smell from my kitchen cupboard? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Mar 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Faint of butt

While I was driving him home from the vet yesterday, the cat took a dump in his carrier, which was made of cloth. (He was in the front passenger seat.) [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 3, 2009 - 18 answers

Renting in New Zealand - Pets urine on carpet. Smells. Pet hair

I'm currently renting a flat unit in New Zealand which I will be moving out next month. My current rental agreement states that I do not need to have the carpet professionally cleaned before I move out. I have two cats in the house and the question was raised with the property agent before I moved in. They have agreed to let me have the pets in the house and on the rental agreement, it also states that they are okay with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2009 - 28 answers

Sandalwood cheese? Bleargh.

How do I remove the smell of aromatic oils from my fridge? Baking soda & activated carbon don't cut it. [more inside]
posted by aubilenon on Feb 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Funky (smelling) fibers.

How do I de-stink the armpits of my sweaters? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Jan 29, 2008 - 12 answers

I have a car! But it smells funny. How can I fix it?

How can I make my car smell better? I have recently been passed partial stewardship of a family car and I want to fix it up. It's a good car, but recently it's had some window issues that have, in turn, led to some smell issues. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jul 1, 2007 - 12 answers

Ambient bad apartment smell?

We just bought a house with a separate, finished apartment. The apartment turns out to have a smell, and we can't figure out where it's coming from. The smell is bad: part must, part mildew, and part warmed catfood. So my questions are: 1. Does this smell sound familiar to anyone? (As in, "Oho, that's plainly mildew he's talking about; he should check the blah blah!") 2. Ways to pinpoint an ambient smell? I am going under the apartment this afternoon :( but if I i don't find any carcasses under there, I am out of moves.
posted by everichon on Jun 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Turpentine Smell-Be-Gone?

How to get turpentine and its smell out of a worn-out old cork floor? [more inside]
posted by tiny crocodile on Dec 18, 2006 - 11 answers

Smoke From The Squatter

One of my roommates put a pot of chicken on the stove and went downstairs to make some phone calls and answer email and while we were drinking beer on the porch we heard a strange, high-pitched, shrieking whine. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on May 26, 2005 - 17 answers

Second-hand Smoke Filter

FabricSoftenerFilter. Will using fabric softener reduce the tendency of my clothes to pick up particulate matter from secondhand smoke? I usually avoid the stuff since I'm told the extra chemicals aren't necessarily good for you, but neither is tobacco. Any tips on the relative effectiveness of fabric softener/dryer sheets/vinegar/a piece of aluminum foil appreciated.
posted by grouse on Dec 4, 2004 - 4 answers

Getting stinky rotten milk smell out of a refrigerator

Fridge disaster filter A pint of milk left without my knowledge in my fridge went seriously off. So I could clean the fridge without throwing up I put a saucer of mouthwash in there to deodorise it a bit (bad idea - yes, I am domestically clueless). The result even after defrosting, cleaning with bicarb and putting activated charcoal in there (tips derived from Google) still stinks - I think the door seals are holding a lot of the smell. I cleaned them carefully but no joy. The fridge is still quite a new one, I don't want to junk it - what can I try next?
posted by Flitcraft on Sep 18, 2004 - 14 answers

Smelly Watchband

My watchband is starting to stink. This happens to all of my watches. I've tried many, many things including soaking them in bleach (I usually only wear metal-banded watches. Largely because they last longer before stinking). Nothing has managed to stop the stinking. I like this watch. What can I do?
posted by willpie on Aug 25, 2004 - 11 answers

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