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anyone know how to get the smell of a dead animal out of the house i live in an apartment and a baby bird got in my dryer vent and died in my dryer now the house smells like a dead animal on top of everyhting else my in laws are coming down this weekend help please?!


Asked by lillymom828 at 10:24 PM on May. 23, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • Air out the house and set bowls of white vinegar throughout the house. You can also put it in a spray bottle and spray the air. The vinegar smell doesn't linger long and it neutralizes the air.

    Answer by cleanaturalady at 4:07 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Well, this is a new one. I am assuming you got rid of the carcass. Were you able to wash the area where the bird died or is the place where it died unreachable? If unreachable, you might be able to get rid of the smell if you sprayed Lysol up there.

    Answer by dustbunny at 10:29 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • No idea--here's a bump--good luck!!

    Answer by lizi.clawson at 10:29 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • Um, did you get teh vent cleaned out?

    Open the windows, burn candles, use lots of lysol in the house..... don't know what else to suggest.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:29 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • well air out the house lol...but i guess you already did that!! when my basement flooded it smelled disgusting and i bought several huge cans of coffee (nothing fancy, just the store brand of ground coffee). i opened them and some i left in the can in different rooms, and where the stink is strongest spread out coffee on a cookie sheet (the one with a rim lol). it really works great! i used it for the basement, i put a can in the pantry when i had a whole bag of potatoes go rotten, i use it in the kitchen if i have some super stinky garbage. it really works great and your house doesn't smell like a coffee shop...just a mild coffee smell and it really absorbs the odors!

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 10:30 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • If you have cleared the dead bird...try spraying the inside of the dryer drum with vinegar and as much of the dryer vent and vent pipe with vinegar. Good luck.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 11:02 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • You are going to have to thoroughly wash out and sanitize and air out where the body was. Think lots of air freshener, fans, and cleaning solution.

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 8:01 AM on May. 24, 2011

  • Ugh, I have no idea - lots of air fresheners maybe?

    Answer by PrincessPeach06 at 2:55 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Cleanaturalady is right. Vinegar is your best bet. Even when you do get rid of the dead animal that smell lingers for some time. Good luck to you. That is the worst smell in the world. I lived in an area that would have wild animals get hit in front of our house often. You would not know it until the smell started because there was a bank there that they always seemed to end up in.

    Answer by Peajewel at 10:35 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Febreeze. air the place out

    Answer by sstepph at 11:14 AM on May. 25, 2011