How do I get rid of bad smell in bedroom when I can’t find it?


I moved into my mother inlaws when she past away. That was four years ago. We had a house full of stuff she had a house full of stuff. She was the original owner and lived in the house for over 50 years. Occasionally when it’s very hot there is an odor that lingers only in my room. I thought it was gas. P G& e says it was not. It doesn’t smell like anything dead. & it doesn’t smell mildew-is. It just smells bad. I tried cleaning the carpets. We have a different bed & I painted. Please help🏝❣️😎❣️🏝

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  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Apr 20, 2019

    Hi Wendy, have you tried sprinkling baking soda on the carpets? If the smell is coming from the carpet, the baking soda can absorb the odor. I would make sure there isn't mold underneath at all. You can also get a dehumidifier for your room which absorbs odors and moisture.

  • Deb Deb on Apr 20, 2019

    Try a product called DampRid… I had a smell under my kitchen sink and it helped even though it was not damp in the cabinet..

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Apr 20, 2019

    I agree with Holly, it is likely mold or mildew behind a wall. Always wear safety masks when dealing with the unknown.

  • Loretta Loretta on Apr 20, 2019

    Did she have problems with incontinance? If she did it is probably in the carpet and the pad underneath. Removal is the only answer.

  • Pat Pat on Apr 20, 2019

    Could it be something in the walls...since you say you smell it when it is hot? I am thinking too it might be in the carpet....may have to pull it up and the pad and see what sort of floor is under there....could be something like Loretta said.

  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 20, 2019

    Probably time to remove the carpet and padding ... cleaning only takes care of the surface. Also purchase an ionizer odor remover like hotels use. Small electric unit costs about $40-60. (You can rent these also). We use one frequently. Most recently when lawnmower gas smell permeated the garage. You must leave the house while running and then air out a little while. We have also used ours in a vacation home when there was a dead mouse smell and we couldn't locate it.

  • Carolinagirl Carolinagirl on Apr 20, 2019

    Wash walls with this formula: 1/2 cup Borax; 2 cups of white distilled vinegar; and 16 oz. of peroxide in a bucket with 32 oz of water. This ensures a deep cleaning. Also, keep windows open as much as possible. Check the furnace and air ducts as they may need cleaning tool. Use small bowls of activated charcoal. You can also use a dehumidifier and or fans.

  • Beth Beth on Apr 20, 2019

    Hi. Did she smoke in this room? Tar and nicotine get on the walls, in the carpet and drapes and often cannot be cleaned away. Also, did she have a cat? If the cat peed in this room, the urine soaks into the padding, which is not removed by cleaning the carpets and has a strange chemical reaction to the products used to make padding (that is really true!). The only way to get rid of it is to replace it.

  • Lisa Lisa on Apr 20, 2019

    Is the home ona crawl space?

    • Wendy Wendy on Apr 21, 2019

      Yes there is a crawl spAce. Under the original hardwood floors. My husband says it’s pretty clean down there. 🏝❣️😎❣️🏝

  • Tedward Tedward on Apr 20, 2019

    We had a friend stay with us and we had that same problem. We were horrified to think he had to sleep in that room. It took me 2 days to finally figure out what it was. We had replaced the topsoil in the planter just under his window and there were little bugs that came with it called stink bugs. We sprayed the window screen and the bottom row of siding with off. It worked!

  • Dee Dee on Apr 12, 2021

    I would replace the carpet and paint the room. Hope it is not something stuck in the walls like a dead mouse. I had an odor from some mulch that I put in a flower bed in front of one of my bedrooms. It was seeping in thru a window. I added baking soda to the mulch and it disappeared.