Bad Smell in the House
Win the battle against stinkiness. If you’ve got a bad smell in the house, these tips will help you stamp out the stink.
Eliminate Drain Odor
The traps in floor drains – or for that matter, any drains that aren’t used often – will eventually dry out. This may sound harmless enough, but a dry trap can cause a room to fill with potentially harmful sewer gas from the septic tank or the city sewer system. Eliminate this problem by adding about a quart of fresh water topped with a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil. The oil floats on top of the water and seals it against evaporation. Your drain will hold water in the trap much longer.
Eliminate Basement Odor and Sewer Smells
This article shows five reasons why your basement could smell like a sewer. If you have a smelly basement and can’t locate the source, we’ll show you the most likely culprits of the bad smell.
Here’s how to eliminate basement odor and sewer smells.
Chlorinate a Stinky Drain
Clean Car Air Ducts
Neutralize smoke and other smells in your car with an aerosol can of automotive duct cleaner. Most products require you to spray the cleaner into the vents and the blower motor intake. One way to find your blower motor intake opening is to turn the system on defrost and hold a tissue under the dash. You can buy a can of duct cleaner at auto parts stores. One brand is .
Fix a Smelly Washing Machine
Stop bad odors in your clothes washer by running a cycle with a special mold-killing tablet and by leaving the door open to promote drying.
Learn the secrets to fi a smelly washing machine.
Professional Stench Stopper
Hockey equipment gets really stinky. Rick Bronwell, the assistant equipment manager for the Minnesota Wild hockey team, offers this advice: “The most important thing is to air everything out. In addition to that, try a product called SportSense. It eliminates bacteria that cause odors, but just as important, it eliminates bacteria that can cause a skin infection.” is available in several sizes at sporting goods stores or online at amazon.com. You can use it on all kinds of sports gear.
Freshen Up Work Boots
At the end of a long workday, fill up your boots with cedar chips. (Better yet, slide in an old sock that’s filled with cedar chips.) The cedar chips absorb moisture and eliminate odors. You can buy a bag of chips, sold as animal bedding, at a pet store. Change out the chips every month or so.
Stop Bad Dishwasher Odors
Stop bad dishwasher odors by cleaning food scraps from the tub and running a dishwasher cleaner through a cycle. It’s an easy way to eliminate a strange smell in the house.
Read more on how to fix a smelly dishwasher.