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Dealing with odors in my apartment

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Just moved into an apartment and dealing with odors from my neighbors, smoking.... also kind of smells like previous tenant had a dog.

Anyone have any suggestions on odor removers? (opening the window is not an option its freezing)!

I tried Air Fresheners, but then it smells like a public toilet.

Any suggestions on how to get rid of odors?

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Buy big bag of arm and hammer baking soda from bjs or costco. Leave cups of it around your apartment, in hidden areas if you want. This will only remove odors, and not address source of your problem.

Hopefully carpet and padding was changed from last tenants. Some states have laws about that.
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baking soda helps with the pet smell a bit, not great but better then febreeze.

i have the super coming to caulk to help with smoke.

someone mentioned activated charcoal; any idea what that is?
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baking soda helps with the pet smell a bit, not great but better then febreeze.

i have the super coming to caulk to help with smoke.

someone mentioned activated charcoal; any idea what that is?
https://www.hunker.com/13420083/h...utralizers

That article may help ^^
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Replace carpets.

Replace filters.

Mop floors.

Paint the apartment using low - zero VOC paints.

Work something out with the landloard. Ask to deduct cost from rent. If he says no, then ask for a different apartment that doesn't stink.
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A friend of mine worked in crime scene clean up, and said that one trick they use is to take a dish pan and fill it with a large bottle of Listerine mouthwash. Place the pan, undisturbed, in the room with odors with the door and vents closed off for 24 hours. When the time is up, open the room back up. The odors should be gone. However, as others have said, this type of thing only helps with the odor itself, it does not remove the source of the problem.
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Clean all surfaces.
Baking Soda Helps
Check internet for home remedies
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Buy (or rent) an Ozone Generator, you won't want to be home when it's running through. That means you, pets and anyone you like should go out for a couple hours. This is how professionals would remove it, I've done it many times myself with great success.

Here's one you can get from Amazon that's reasonably priced
https://www.amazon.com/Enerzen-Co...00JAP7388/

Larger commercial units do it faster so cost notable more, but couple hours with one this size should take care of an entire floor of your home with the room doors open, often even taking care of an upstairs if circulation in the house permits. You mentioned it's an apartment so probably wouldn't even need that long.
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I know this thread may be dead, but I just got an email with a 50% off offer on these Dry & Odorless Odor Absorbing bags. We ended up using a few of these around the apartment and they worked surprisingly well with the odors I mentioned.

I ordered them in February for $10 each, I just got an email that they are having a promo at their website dryandodorless.com; 50% off with promo code AUG50.

anyhoo... hope this helps anyone in need.
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Lol, the thread title caught me.

Aside from baking soda, I use bleach, dry it up and spray fabric conditioner.

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