We had a similiar problem a few years ago when my mil passed away... she used moth balls everywhere and the house literally reeked of moth balls. Now while the following method isn't always accessible to folks who aren't in the candle making business, you can substitute bottles of potpourri oil in place of it.
I bought cheap bags of potpouri mix, mixed with one of my fragrance oils peppermint and set it in each room of the house in wicker baskets, the kind you would use for easter.. can be bought cheaply at yard sales or thrift stores. It completely took away the smell of the moth balls after about 24 hours. This same method could be used in different parts of the basement.
Did you check with someone who does work on basements in your area? White vinegar is one option. Open containers, such as a small bucket might work. Boxes of baking soda, which a lot of times you can get 3/$1.00 and activated charcoal is good. I wouldn't want potpourri all over, the smell starts to irritate my nose and it can get overwhelming. Have you checked into some of the new cat litter box items. Maybe there is one that over time the investment would pay off. I know that there are those with lids, almost like a house. I wonder if that would keep the odor down. Unfortunately, cat urine smell is hard to get rid of, even years down the road. Our previous owners had cats, and when it gets damp in the basement, every once and awhile you can smell it. Good luck, and let us know what you find out!
Hello, We have two cats and their box is in the basement as well and for a while there we also were having the "smell" problem even though my hubby cleans it out everyday which really helps but didn't totally take away the smell. We invested in "Tidy Cats" which is more expensive HOWEVER use of this product is a lot less than the less expensive brands and it is the best but I also use a Glad Plugin right near their box and it keeps the odor at bay. I mean really to the point you cannot tell we have two cats. The plugin scent lasts about 5 wks. so I feel that it and the better cat litter is best for it's money. Hope this helps. Elaine
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I have a problem with the smell also but, mine is dogs.I've used bleach, white vinegar, Urine Kleen, Simple green and I still can't get the smell out. Nex is what we had to do with a car we bought. Fresh coffee grounds with apple slices put around in different places. It did remove cigerette smells so I hope it works with dog smell.
In the litter boxes I always sprinkle a nice handful of baking soda in the bottom and then put in my cat litter. I actually use Oil-dry for cat litter; it is the same clay as cat litter without any other additives. I pay $4.99 for a 50 pound bag. Our litter boxes are in my laundry room next to the bathroom and we are on one floor; no smell!
White vinegar like someone mentioned will work great. Just set it around in open jars or something and it will absorb odors!
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