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How to Remove the Sewage Smell From a Basement

Sewage smells can sometimes emanate from your basement and make it uncomfortable for you and your visitors to spend time there. These sewage smells can linger long after a sewage flood or a sewage issue in your home is resolved.

Basements might often have a slight sewage smell.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda

Sewage smells can sometimes emanate from your basement and make it uncomfortable for you and your visitors to spend time there.  These sewage smells can linger long after a sewage flood or a sewage issue in your home is resolved.

Remove these odors with natural products that will actually remove and absorb the odors rather than commercial products that only cover up smells. 

  1. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. White vinegar is a natural and non-toxic odor neutralizer.
  2. Spray the white vinegar over hard surfaces in the basement. Let it dry there completely. Do not spray white vinegar on natural stone floors because it will etch them.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda over soft surfaces such as upholstery and carpets.
  4. Let the baking soda sit overnight to absorb odors.
  5. Vacuum the baking soda up in the morning.
  6. Fill a bowl with white vinegar and place it in the center of the room. The white vinegar will evaporate and will neutralize odors in the air.
  7. Tip

    Always solve the cause of the odor smell before attempting to remove the smell otherwise the smell will simply return.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda

Tip

  • Always solve the cause of the odor smell before attempting to remove the smell otherwise the smell will simply return.

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.

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