How to Get the Smell of Raw Sewage Out of the House

The smell of raw sewage is not only unpleasant, it can cause health problems, such as difficulty breathing and worsening of asthma, emphysema and allergies. Its smell can occur when not enough water is present in the sink trap; water acts as a barrier or seal to prevent noxious sewer fumes from being released into the drain pipe. There are a number of cleaning remedies that can help you get the smell of raw sewage out the house quickly and safely.

Raw sewage contains methane gas and is flammable.

Step 1

Open all the windows in the house to get the smell of raw sewage out.

Step 2

Fill a plastic spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar, and use it to neutralize raw sewage odors in your home. Hold your spray bottle 6 inches away from your furniture, and spritz to reduce sewage smells and other odors. In addition, mist hard surfaces in the same way to get rid of odors. The vinegar smell fades away after a few hours.

Step 3

Sprinkle baking soda onto your carpeting to get the raw sewage smell out, let it sit overnight, and then vacuum thoroughly. Baking soda neutralizes odors in your carpeting like it does in your refrigerator.

Step 4

Put charcoal pieces into a small bowl, and place several bowls in various locations around your home. The charcoal absorbs odors and freshens the air.

Step 5

Spray a scented odor eliminator into the air and onto soft surfaces to get rid of strong sewer gas odors. These products are available in a variety of scents and are available at most grocery stores.