Terrible cooking smell from my neighbor apartment

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Post by dazzlebabe » Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:05 am

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Post by intellectualsmuse » Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:11 am

Instead of trying to eliminate the smell, just keep a cup of coffee beans handy and keep sniffing :P Thats the stuff they give you when you're buying perfumes so you dont mix one fragrance with the other :D
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Post by i.estate.network » Fri, 26 Mar 2010 1:37 pm

How to kick-start the "smell" issue disscusion with the neighbour?

1) Should i ask the neighbour to close their windows when they are cooking?

2) Should i ask the neignbour to cook earlier so the smell has time to disperse before bed time? Or ask them not to cook at all?

3) Any better ideas/suggestions? Without hurting them....

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 26 Mar 2010 2:04 pm

Start using copious quantities of nước mắm until they get the message. Spilling some on their door mat always helps as well. :cool:
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Re: Terrible cooking smell from my neighbor apartment

Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:15 pm

Plavt wrote:
Alessandra_GP wrote: that it even leeks into every single room
Could they be Welsh?.......oops. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
no idea mate...

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Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:17 pm

nakatago wrote:@OP

Have you tried talking with your neighbors? :?
No, but I don't think it would help..

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Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:19 pm

scarbowl wrote:There are a lot of food smells where we live. Fortunately, we like the fragrance of garlic, ginger, etc. Fish sauce can be a little strong but we deal with it.

It's part of living here, though. Most kitchens do not have a/c so all windows are open.

My only suggestion is that you shut your windows and use fans or a/c in the evenings. And just live out your tenancy agreement.

Sorry! You won't get anywhere with the law nor will taking with them help any. It's just what they eat and they aren't going to change for you!
Would you believe the windows are not even opened! In fact I even have to put a towel under the door to stop the smell coming into my apt.. its just unbelievable...

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Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:25 pm

Vaucluse wrote:Expats never seem to stop amazing me . . .

Shreeeeek My neighbour is cooking food!!! The smell enters my home!!!! Eeeekkk

Aaaaaargh Air freshener and deodorant smells are making my pig-sty smell nice Shreeeeekk


Deary me . . .

Actually a neighbour in our condo made completely disgusting noises evry morning and night, clearing his throat, blowing his nose . . . very very loud. I splashed a bucket of water through his bathroom window one day and explained why nicely.

He laughed . . .

Communication!


(plavt: Leek/Welsh :lol: )
What is wrong with people? Can anybody please read my message properly! I have already mentioned that nothing helps.. nothing at all... no candles, air-fresheners.. nothing!!!

I don't think this would help.. people tend to misinterpret here.. I don't want to cause any further problems to myself..

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Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:29 pm

macaroonie wrote:the problem is that if you move flats, there is no guarantee that the smells from the new place are worse than this current place. Can you try talking to your neighbour? perhaps they can turn on the exhaust fan in the kitchen when cooking or something

Good luck!
Thanks a lot mate.. yeah.. and the rental agreement is for 2 years as well..

I don't think talking will help.. they might misinterpret.. take it as an aggression from my side.. I don't really want to cause any further problems to myself..

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Re: Terrible cooking smell from my neighbor apartment

Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:31 pm

i.estate.network wrote:
Alessandra_GP wrote:A new family moved onto my floor this winter and since when not only our shared hallway, but also my apartment frequently reeks of whatever they are cooking. The smell (of oil / burning onion / curry / fish and etc) is so strong that it even leeks into every single room and they tend to cook around 12-1 in the morning..
I tried everything, air fresher, candles.. NOTHING works..Its really unbearable going to sleep with a food-court smell in my bedroom at night... Is there any law that would help?
I would really love to move out from this condo, but I am tied up to my apartment agreement and I have heard that local laws are mostly on tenant side.. Is there anything I can do? Can I break my lease?

Solution: Charcoal could remove the smell, you can get this from any supermarket. It can remove all types of smell. I use it for my car cos some people can not stand even perfume!
Thanks a lot! will definitely try it :)

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Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:34 pm

nakatago wrote:Here's the thing...

* You smell something because of the scent's molecules suspended in the air.
* Charcoal removes smells by trapping those scent molecules on its surface. Baking soda works by the same principle.
* eventually, the charcoal will get saturated so you either replace it or reactivate it (usually by 'baking' the charcoal to get rid of the trapped scent)

If the scent is so strong and so penetrating, I'd imagine it'll take a s#!+load of charcoal to get rid of the smell. Per instance. So imagine the amount of charcoal/baking soda/alum/adsorbent it will take to deal with these neighbors. You'll be better off putting ginormous fans or wishing you're upwind of them.

Like I said before, has OP tried discussing it with their neighbors?

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No, I have not tried talking to anyone.. I don't think it would help..

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Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:36 pm

intellectualsmuse wrote:Instead of trying to eliminate the smell, just keep a cup of coffee beans handy and keep sniffing :P Thats the stuff they give you when you're buying perfumes so you dont mix one fragrance with the other :D
Yeah.. I know.. but the smell is WAY too strong..

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Post by Alessandra_GP » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:39 pm

i.estate.network wrote:How to kick-start the "smell" issue disscusion with the neighbour?

1) Should i ask the neighbour to close their windows when they are cooking?

2) Should i ask the neignbour to cook earlier so the smell has time to disperse before bed time? Or ask them not to cook at all?

3) Any better ideas/suggestions? Without hurting them....
Talking NEVER helps.. in fact it can get you into troubles as some people may misinterpret it..

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Post by durain » Thu, 20 May 2010 11:46 pm

to properly get rid of the smell (or reduce it), you need to invest in a air purifier with activated carbon filter. charcoal stuff from the supermarket are not powerful enough to remove the smell when the smell keep coming in.

you will need to shut all the windows and doors in your room for the effectiveness of the air purifier with activated carbon to work. filter and activated carbon will need changing over a period of time.

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Post by februus » Fri, 21 May 2010 8:04 am

dazzlebabe wrote:I have a neighbour who is constanly burning candles and spraying air freshener in her home and it's leaking into mine. My home smells like a public toilet now. Oh who can I complain to?

The candle smells are giving me a headache and it is disrupting my naps in the afternoon!
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