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oooh that smell

Google needs to devlop an online database of odd scents and then create a user interface for that. There is a very odd smell in my kitchen right now. I’m pretty sure its something that has rotted. But not only can I not find the source, I really can’t identify the smell. Though it think I can safely say its vegetable and not animal so that’s encouraging. But a data base of smells would be so helpful right now in identifying what the smell is .

The thing is, I’ve not bought anything which could have rotted yet. So whatever the source is, it was left by the previous tenant. I did find an onion skin in the bottom of one of the floor cabinets and those cabinets are open on one end right next to the dishwasher so I’m wondering if an onion was not thrown/rolled over to the open space and has now begun to rot. I know what rotting garlic smells like. I had a clove roll underneath the seat of my truck last year. It took me 2 months to hunt it down and meanwhile my truck smelled like an open pack of Ramen Noodles.

But the smell in my kitchen is a bit more unpleasant and worrisome and as of this morning, capable of overcoming several squirts of Febreze. A new adventure for tonight I guess.

*Edit – I found the source of the smell. I was both right and wrong. It was both vegetable and animal. A mouse had gorged itself on a rotten clove of garlic and then crawled behind the compressor on the refrigerator and died. It had been warmed by the compressor and bloated enough to start to stink. I was smelling both the rotten garlic and the dead bloated mouse. A trash bag, a box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda and a scented candle later and all is right with the world again. Plus I’ve set traps for the mice and found where they are getting in and denied access.




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Jan. 19th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
*gag* That's got to be a horrible smell.
Jan. 19th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
It really has no comparisson. So I can't even say it was like smelly sweat socks or old underarms. Totally unique odor. I called the water company today to get the water bill switched to my name and found out the previous tenant had left a huge bill. This paired with the presence of mice seems to indicate maybe he was kicked out instead of just moved out.

Jan. 19th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Your cats need to get on the mouse problem. That's what they're for.

(I think either Zelda or Peter finally caught and ate the mouse that's been bothering us. Probably Zelda because I haven't seen any mouse parts lying around and she's had horrible "I just ate a mole" gas lately.)
Jan. 19th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
The cats are not up here yet. Still in Peoria with Deb. I'm camping out alone right now.

Jan. 19th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
However did you determine the mouse had eaten a rotten clove of garlic??!! I'm picturing you doing an autopsy...
Jan. 19th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
They were literally lying right next to each other. I guess I just assumed. Maybe the previous resident put poison on the garlic, I don't know. I wish he wouldn't have been such a slob and I didn't have to deal with the mice. I have to deal with them enough at the farm as it is.

I'm bringing the tin cat up this weekend.

Jan. 20th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest looking for a rotten potato that was 'leaking'. It can be hard to think of that (at least on my part) especially when one is in the bottom of a kitchen cabinet drawer all the way to the back. *gag*

;) If you suggest to LJ to add a 'scent finder' where we can post smells and ask our friends to try to figure out what it is, I swear I will defriend you and come find you...wherever you are =) Just kidding, you know. There's not many more 'improvements-not' that LJ can make...until I read your post.

I can't imagine how sickening that had to be when you found it. Use the Febreeze liberally. I think it's going to take several applications where the mouse was. Sorry you had to go through that.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
dude, LOL...

I'm sure Google has the "mouse who gorged himself on garlic and died" smell.

I'm glad you found it, your edit made me laugh.

Good times.
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