For the last week or two there has been an awful smell emanating from my basement that can also be smelled in the kitchen. It smells like a mix of skunk spray and old, dirty hamster cage. I could have sworn that something crawled down into our basement and died.
So, the other night I don the yellow, industrial strength, plastic cleaning gloves, grab a flashlight and head down into the basement. I peered in every corner and then headed to the most likely spot–the little space with the basement steps between the inner basement door and the Wizard of Oz looking, outside basement door. I noticed the smell was a bit stronger in this area. I warily shone the flashlight into every nook and cranny of that little space. Nothing! I can’t find anything to account for that nasty smell!
I really would like to do something about it but for now all I can do is burn Nag Champa in the kitchen (for those of you who didn’t smoke pot in college, Nag Champa is incense).
Tevya come clean. You finally had enough of all those Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons and have been inviting them into your home for milk and cookies and disposing of the bodies behind the hot water heater in the basement. Personally, I think it works better if ya cut em up into little bitty bits and flush em down the septic tank and use lots and lots of RidX to hide the odor
If you have a drain in yoyr basement flor thet leads directly outside, there might be some dead thing in there. Dump some bleach down there, and it should take care of the smell, but your basement will smell like bleach.
Sweetheart! In my world, this is what we call “man’s work”. Call me sexist. I don’t care. I’ll call myself sexist. I am a sexist who does not like touching dead things (or getting freaked out when I stumble upon them).
You know, that’s kind of funny.
Anyway, the reason I’m posting is because I think that if you have a drain in your basement, then you probably have a rat caught up in that thang, and it probably drowned and is decomposing. Just a guess. It happened at my work not too long ago. The smell drove us all to distraction.
Good luck. Invest in Glade Plug-In’s. I like the Sunshine Stick-Up’s myself. Oh, and Lysol Fresh Linen. Yeah, we got some dirty diapers over here.