This is the inside of one of the cabinets. I know the discoloration is not dramatic, but the bottom cabinets (which do not smell) are not discolored at all.
Get rid of the smell from these cabinets?
I moved into an apartment and there is some kind of odor coming from the top cabinets. It is unbearable when they are opened, but still discernible when they are closed if you smell them.
It smells kind of like sour cream or cooking flour in the worst way. It is hard to describe, I have never smelled anything like it before, but it doesn’t smell like mold or must.
The bottom cabinets do not smell.
I noticed the top cabinets seem to have yellowed both inside and outside as well, but the bottom ones have not.
I have tried everything I can think of to get the smell out, including; Clorox wipes, bowls of vinegar, a vinegar/ baking soda paste, boxes of baking soda, bags of activated charchol, leaving the cabinets open for a weekend with the windows open, and even hired a professional cleaner who washed them with bleach and filled them with boxes of baking soda.
I cannot put my dishes or food in them because the smell disgusts me. I can’t even go in the kitchen / living room area without becoming nauseous. My landlord does not care. She says they are fine.
I can’t live with this smell. I’m trying to figure out the possible cause to get to the bottom of it. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it so much!
Here are 4 of the 12 top stinky cabinets. Notice the top cabinets are discolored, but the bottom ones are not. It is this way across the entire kitchen, even over the top of the fridge. I do not think the smell / discoloration is from cooking.