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

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Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Vacuum

  • Charcoal briquettes

  • Bowls

  • Commercial odor eliminator spray


Remove zippered cushion covers, and wash them in the machine. Allow them to air-dry instead of putting them in the dryer to avoid damage to the fabric and shrinking.


If raw sewage odors persist, call a plumber who can evaluate where the smell is coming from. When raw sewage is present, bacteria is not far away. This can lead to illness and disease.

Raw sewage contains methane gas and is flammable.
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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.


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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.