Common Sources of Bad Odors

Bad odors, how to find them.

What’s that smell?! When you have foul odors lingering in the air, you know immediately that you want to resolve the problem and eliminate the cause. Despite the claims of so-called “air cleaners”, spraying a foul-smelling room with an air freshener or some similar product is only masking the problem. You need to tackle the source of the smell, but sometimes it can be hard to identify.  Here are some of the most common reasons odors spread throughout the home or workplace:

The Kitchen Garbage

The most common source of foul odors is the trash can. Fortunately, this is also the easiest to deal with. Take out the trash and if necessary, clean the trash bin itself. Use a disinfectant spray! If that bad smell still remains, it may be your kitchen sink or the fridge. Clean out your fridge and pour a potful of boiling hot water down the kitchen drain to clear any old food or grease.


Pets are often the next in line for common odor sources. Pets get all over everything: the carpets, the flooring, the furniture, and maybe even your bed. First, you should bathe your pet at least once a week to prevent strong odors from taking up residence in your home or on your furry friend. Second, if yours is the litter-box type, use the clumping litter, as they lock the smell away. Finally, if your pet has an ‘accident’, use an enzymatic cleaner to clean up the mess and neutralize the smell. Vacuum up pet hair regularly from your carpets, and if you need extra deep clean carpet cleaning services, call us! We specialize in both area rug cleaning and carpet cleaning.

The Bathroom

Odors from the bathroom generally stem from the toilet or the bath. In the case of a persistent urine smell, thoroughly clean the toilet bowl and place a cleaning tablet in the tank. Bath odors are almost always caused by some form of mold or mildew and can be tackled by using a bleach spray or a disinfectant spray on all of the surfaces of the bath including the shower curtain and the showerhead.

If you continue to have a stench linger within your property and you are unable to find the source of the odor, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services. We’ll be able to provide odor removal services that will be sure to eliminate any odors the walls, carpets, or furniture may have absorbed.