I just moved into an apartment that my parents have bought for me for the duration of my stay in college. I am so excited! The building is very nice, except for this terrible odor that I can't seem to get rid of. It's a combination of oranges and pickles. GROSS!
I have tried a number of the plug in air fresheners such as: Glade, Air Wick, and Febreeze, but nothing is helping - and it actually just makes it worse. We've renovated the apartment because of the smell and it's still isn't gone. Is there anything else you can think of that I can buy or use? Smelly Pad Sandra
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Dear Smelly Pad Sandra
Try leaving a box of Arm & Hammer baking soda open in the fridge. It can last there for a few months and it helps tremendously eat up odors and act as a deodorizer. Come to think of it, go ahead and buy two boxes and sprinkle one of them on your carpets to help deodorize as well.
Then check all corners and closets for anything funky smelling like; garbage, rotten food or decaying animals in the apartment. Air out the place for a few days with as much cross ventilation as possible.
PotPourri or air fresheners are just going to mask the smell...in fact that may be what the orange smell is. The key is to disinfect. If it were me, I'd be on my hands and knees with a bottle of Clorox or ammonia and a heavy duty pair of rubber gloves sanitizing every little nook and cranny of my new pad. Good luck getting rid of the stench.