Help! Our Past Tenants Smelled Too Good

Help! Our Past Tenants Smelled Too Good

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 26, 2009

We've written about new house smells, time and time again. We've been willing to give out our best advice on how to get rid of the past tenants pet, cigarette and food smells, but it's not so easy when it happens to us! Our new place smells like cran-orange-muffin-cupcake, citrus-melon-breezey-fields, fresh-meadows=of-laundry-and-linen... well basically, like Yankee Candle threw up.

After picking up the keys to our new place, the first thing we did wasn't do a little dance, or start imagining where we'd put furniture, it was to round up every last candle, air freshener and reed diffuser and toss them out. Each one on their own smelled great, but in combination, it was literally a smell that knocked you off your feet when you came in the door.

It's been 24 hours and we still can't make the smell dissipate. We've wiped down all the surfaces and floors, walls and doors (most of the space is concrete, walls included), set out cottonballs with white vinegar on them and brought over our own fabrics (hopefully containing our "smell" or lack there of) to help infiltrate the space with something other than tropical-breeze-during-a-sunset-and-fresh-baked-cookies.

Tonight we'll be cooking up a storm (pending enough energy) in attempts to fill the air with a more natural food smells while we leave the windows open to let some fresh breeze blow in. Something, in attempts to rid our space of the overwhelming smell of baby prostitutes or the inside of a bag of Mike & Ikes!

Do you have a smell busting solution for us? Let us know in the comments below!

(PS: If you don't know what a baby prostitute smells like, Watch the movie Mean Girls. It will fill you in and make us appear less horrible for having said something awkward.)

(Image: orange, cranberry, watermelon, cookie, washing machine, cupcake )

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