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Question DetailsAsked on 10/12/2017

Ghosty bad smell in bedroom only

I live in an apartment first floor but over the garage. My bathroom smells fine, and my sitting room is normal too. Only my bedroom has a ghosty rotten garbage smell -- almost identical to my trash in my kitchen the night it occurred, but after I took out the trash and aired the room, it still smelled bad. I sniffed the carpet and walls, checked my bed for signs of bed bugs, and went over every drawer searching for the source, so far none. The smell is the strongest when I first enter the room, but can be gone really quick once I've been in the room for less then ten seconds, except occasionally haunts me for a few seconds while I am working on reading. Roommate does have a dog and he pooped on my carpet the night before the smell started, but I cleaned up with wipes and bleach. I also sniffed the area where he pooped, and it doesn't smell. Please someone help me? :'(

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Ghosty - what a timely description, with Halloween coming on.

While your cleanup (I won't ask why YOU were cleaning up roommate's dog's mess unless you were only one home at the time) may or may not have been complete, I would not expect that to leave a garbage odor. If no odor in the rug at the point it went, I would be looking for something from the garbage which it maybe got into and drug into the room and hid under/behind bed, chest of drawers, radiator, etc. Or possibly under the bedclothes or (if bed has solid frame or headboard) was taken up onto bed and dropped down between mattress and frame - may have to remove mattress and box spring to look thoroughly.

If no luck there, here are some links to previous questions about mystery odors - one hase several linsk to yet others, some of which have checklists of common sources of this type of odor. Given the timing of the dog being in your room and that it is not occurring in bathroom (though bathroom ceiling fan may be moving enough air even when off to keep it from building up in there), I would be guessing the dog and something it did/drug in would be primary suspect, followed by maybe leaking baseboard heater or radiator if you have hydronic/steam heat, then on to the other possible lists in the linked questions.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD


Of course, waste can would be a place to look for source as well, as well as the possibility of chewed clothing like shoes in the closet - wet leather and wet shoes have a wide variety of smells they can put off.

Also, if you have a cat/ferret/free flying bird/etc don't forget to look high as well as low, in case your pet took some garbage or such up high and left it.

Also, if a vegetable type smell, check any houseplants for rotting or over-wet dacaying situation.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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