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Liliane

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Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Reply #6585 on: May 12, 2016, 12:48:42 AM »
....This is how I discovered my closet shelf is rotting and the smell is seeping out into anything that sat on the shelf. I'm going to be building a new shelf and I think I have to throw out the majority of what I had stored there. >:( (The cover, however, is fine - hand-washed it, put it through the dryer on low, it now smells delightful.)
The question becomes, what made that shelf rot?  Did it get wet?  How?  Is the roof?  Is there a broken pipe in the wall or above the ceiling?  You or your landlord need to investigate.  There may be even more repairs to be done.

We think the wood may have already been in bad condition when it was put in - it's a homemade shelf that wasn't even very well made. The roof and walls are fine, but the shelf has been painted over multiple times, and scraping some of the layers off made the smell worse so I believe it may have been painted repeatedly to hide the smell (don't ask me why it wasn't replaced; the man who owned this house before we bought it made several very questionable decisions re: plumbing, electricity and repairs. He should have been a don't-do-it-yourselfer.) Neither me nor my parents can find any signs of water damage anywhere else, and I'd be willing to bet the previous occupant never noticed because she was likely unable to reach the closet shelf to use it. (She was mostly wheelchair-bound and shorter than I am - I have to stand on a stool to reach the shelf.) I will, however, be taking some disinfectant and scrubbing the entire closet interior down just in case there was mold that spread.

Water leaks can only show in pinpoint areas where their path through the house structure hits an obstacle.  Sometimes that spot is nowhere near the entrance.  I'd probably cut a small square into the drywall where the shelf was after you remove it just to check for mold behind the drywall.

A friend of mine had mold show up in a closet because his shower tile's grout had become porous.

There actually is an existing hole there and everything seems fine. :) I plan on patching it when I get a new shelf in.
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Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Reply #6586 on: May 12, 2016, 08:43:00 AM »
I have a rather expensive bit of Japanese merchandise - a body pillow cover based on a game series I adore. It's been in my closet for the past while as I had managed to sweat like a pig all over it and left a bit of a stain, and I didn't want to stain the rest. However, I seem to have the sweating issue mostly under control now and so got the cover out to use it again.

It reeked. It smelled like it had been thrown between two slabs of wet wood with a bunch of rotting vegetation to make a stinky sandwich.

This is how I discovered my closet shelf is rotting and the smell is seeping out into anything that sat on the shelf. I'm going to be building a new shelf and I think I have to throw out the majority of what I had stored there. >:( (The cover, however, is fine - hand-washed it, put it through the dryer on low, it now smells delightful.)

before you throw everything away, try drying the items out in the sun for a couple of days and then putting them in a plastic bag with baking soda.  I've had some success with that for moldy odors.

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Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Reply #6587 on: May 12, 2016, 09:55:17 AM »
I love it how a story about a squicky find turned into helpful tips and support.

This place is so cool y'all!😊😊😊
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Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Reply #6588 on: May 12, 2016, 12:27:20 PM »
I have a rather expensive bit of Japanese merchandise - a body pillow cover based on a game series I adore. It's been in my closet for the past while as I had managed to sweat like a pig all over it and left a bit of a stain, and I didn't want to stain the rest. However, I seem to have the sweating issue mostly under control now and so got the cover out to use it again.

It reeked. It smelled like it had been thrown between two slabs of wet wood with a bunch of rotting vegetation to make a stinky sandwich.

This is how I discovered my closet shelf is rotting and the smell is seeping out into anything that sat on the shelf. I'm going to be building a new shelf and I think I have to throw out the majority of what I had stored there. >:( (The cover, however, is fine - hand-washed it, put it through the dryer on low, it now smells delightful.)

before you throw everything away, try drying the items out in the sun for a couple of days and then putting them in a plastic bag with baking soda.  I've had some success with that for moldy odors.

You know, I didn't even think of that. For the cloth items I'll give it a try. The rest is just the hang tags I've saved off my Giant Microbes collection and the old cat collars which can't be used anymore so I'm not too worried about those. :)
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Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Reply #6589 on: May 12, 2016, 09:35:07 PM »
For those of you who like zit popping, the show "Deadliest Catch" had some "home surgery" last week when one of the fishermen had a huge cyst behind his ear.  ☺

The camera cheerfully panned  between shots of goo and fishermen chowing down while they watched the profeedings. 😀
If you missed it, it's available on Youtube.

A follow up to the episode recommended the YouTube clip "Operation Kill George". I watched. It was...impressive.😯
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Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Reply #6590 on: May 14, 2016, 10:04:18 PM »
A few months ago I had a severe allergic reaction and my tongue swelled. As a result,  I bit near the back of my tongue causing a tongue tag to form (think skin tag, but on your tongue). It was checked out by both the doctor and dentist, but neither one would cut the dang thing off. It's been rubbing on my second to last bottom molar for at least 4 months. I was told it would probably fall off on its own.  It wasn't hurting, but was irritating the bejesus out of me.

Today, I finally had had enough and cut the blasted thing off myself. I brushed my teeth well, rinsed with listerine, and used a clean sterilized pair of cuticle scissors. It took one snip. I rinsed again with listerine,  then salt water.

Oh, the relief!
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