Why does my house smell like fish?

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asked Apr 4 in laundry/Cleaning by Jeepmybeep (1,000 points)
Why does my house smell like fish?

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answered Apr 7 by 2bidgdade (2,190 points)
If your house suddenly smells like fish and you haven't cooked any fish or nobody in your house has cooked fish then look around the house for any overloading and possibly melting circuits and electrical outlets.

Electrical wires and even electrical plugs and outlets can emit a fishy smell when they are hot so always check that out to be safe.

Always inspect your home and electrical system immediately when you smell fishy smell and have not cooked any fish as if it's electrical issue then your house can burn down.

Electrical shielding, wires, and other plastic components emit a “fish” or “urine” smell when exposed to high heat.

If you smell something fishy, go around your home and look for outlets and other electrical equipment that looks burnt or melting.

To get rid of fried fish smells in your house or kitchen put a mixture of vinegar and water into a pot or saucepan and bring the vinegar and water to a boil and allow it to simmer.

The simmering vinegar and water will help absorb the fishy smell in the house and you can also leave some bowls of vinegar, used coffee grounds and baking soda out overnight and that too will help absorb the fishy smell.

Also opening windows while cooking the fish or even afterwards to help air the house out can help to get rid of fried fish smell.

Vinegar does help remove fish odor.

You can use vinegar to remove fish odor from your hands, countertop, cutting board and even clean your oven out with some vinegar to help remove the fishy odor.

An oven can smell like fish when you bake fish and then the fish smell can get into the leftover grease that can be in your oven.

Also you may sometimes notice a smell of fish in your oven even if you don't bake fish as the grease which can be hidden in the oven can stagnate and start smelling fishy.

Other types of grease mixing together in the oven from different foods being cooked such as beef, chicken, steak etc can cause the grease to smell fishy or other rotten smelling the longer the grease sits in the oven.

When cleaning an oven you should use some easy off oven cleaner which helps to dissolve the grease fast and helps to get rid of all the grease.

Make sure to use a scrub brush and some hot water to clean the oven out after wiping most of the grease away using the easy off oven cleaner.

You can also then use some vinegar and baking soda and hot water to clean the oven.

Grease deposits in the oven tend to be the main culprit of an oven smelling like fish because the puddles of forgotten fat find and trap odors in the oven and ferment them over time which leads to the foul smell and fishy smell.

You should clean your oven out at least once per month or once every 2 weeks depending on how often you use the oven.

If you do have greasy or oily foods spilling in the oven you should wipe out the grease after the oven cools down so that the grease does not have time to ferment and start smelling.

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