How to Remove Dead Body Odors

When removing odor caused by a dead body, including animal and human carcasses, it is recommended that full personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, bloodborne pathogen coveralls w/ boots, and goggles be worn.

*It is advisable that all porous items and surfaces that came into contact with bodily fluids be discarded as bio-hazardous waste (contact the local EPA office or OSHA office for biohazard waste disposal information for your location).

Method One: Very Heavy Odors

  1. Remove entire carcass.
  2. Into a pump up sprayer, mix two (2) ounces of Unsmoke Last Resort with eight (8) ounces of Unsmoke Liqui-Zone. Fill with water to make one gallon of solution.
  3. Spray all affected areas. Unsmoke Liqui-Zone is an oxidizing agent and must touch all affected areas to be effective. 
  4. Evacuate the area of all living things (plants, people, and pets), and use an ozone machine for 24-48 hours.
  5. It may be necessary to seal surfaces that have come into direct contact with odor-causing organisms with B-I-N shellac-based primer-sealer.

Method Two: Light or Moderate Odors

  1. Remove entire carcass.
  2. Into a pump up sprayer, add 6.5 ounces of Unsmoke Liqui-Zone and then fill with water to make one gallon of solution.
  3. Using a pump-up sprayer or ULV fogger, spray all affected areas. If applying Liqui-Zone to fabrics, a fine mist is suggested. Unsmoke Liqui-Zone is an oxidizing agent and must touch all affected areas to be effective. 
  4. Evacuate the area of all living things (plants, people, and pets), and use an ozone machine for 24-48 hours.
  5. It may be necessary to seal surfaces that have come into direct contact with odor-causing organisms with B-I-N shellac-based primer-sealer.

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  1. ODORx Last Resort Odor Counteractant

    When all other efforts have failed, turn to Last Resort. Powerful solvents and deodorants help destroy the most severe odors, including putrefaction, skunk odors and more.

    • Dilutes 1 to 2 ounces per gallon of water
    • pH: 6.0
    • Heavily concentrated for heavy odors
    • Ideal for dead body or skunk odors
    • NOT for use with thermal foggers

    Starting at: $56.55

  2. ODORx Liqui-Zone

    Liqui-Zone performs in similar manner as ozone generating equipment except in chemical form to convert odors into harmless carbon dioxide and water vapors. It's most effective on dead body odors, skunk odors, charred wood, etc.

    • Effective on your most aggressive odors
    • Removes odors through oxidation
    • pH: 6.4
    • Can be used with ODORx Last Resort

    Starting at: $48.41

  3. KleenGuard A60 Coveralls

    Protect yourself and your employees from many bio-hazards with coveralls from Kimberly Clark. These suits have passed ASTM F1670/F1671 Blood & Body Fluid Penetration to offer you peace of mind.

    • With hood and boots
    • Zipper front; elastic wrists and ankles
    • Passes ASTM F1670/F1671 Blood and Body Fluid Penetration

    Starting at: $197.97

  4. Total Zone TZ-2 Ozone Generator

    Dealing with tough odors on your restoration job? The Total Zone TZ-2 Ozone Generator produces 3,000 milligrams of ozone and is ideal for use in mid-size rooms and containment zones (up to 120,000 cubic feet). It eliminates cigar/cigarette odors, pet odors, cooking odors, paint odors, and more!

    • Produces 3,000 milligrams of ozone per hour
    • Can handle jobs up to 120,000 cubic feet
    • 100 CFM fan
    • Weighs less than 10 lbs; pulls just 2 amps
    • For use in unoccupied areas only
    $949.00
  5. 3M™ 7500 Series Half Face Respirator

    This half face respirator was designed with the wearer in mind. A soft sealing surface and uniquely designed 3M™ Cool Flow™ Exhalation Valve enhances wearer comfort and face fit. It contains no latex and can be used with many filters and cartridges.

    • Low maintenance
    • Numerous cartridge/filter options
    • This product contains no natural rubber latex

    Starting at: $24.29

  6. 3M™ 6003 Organic Vapor/Acid Gas Cartridge

    The 3M™ Organic Vapor/Acid Gas Cartridge 6003 helps provide respiratory protection against certain organic vapors or acid gases. Use with 3M™ Half and Full Facepieces 6000, 7000, and FF-400 Series with bayonet filter holders. 

    • Organic vapor and acid gas relief
    • Does not protect against particulates
    • For use with 3M 5000, 6000, 7000 and 7500 series masks

    Starting at: $12.61

  7. Chemical-Resistant Gloves

    These high quality solvent-resistant gloves are great for working with many solvents and acids. The flock-lined nitrile absorbs sweat and easily slides on and off. These gloves feature a comfortable, contoured fit and nonslip grip. Pairs individually wrapped. Aqua in color.

    • Color: Aqua
    • Pairs come individually wrapped
    • Flock-lined Nitrile absorbs sweat
    • Gloves easily slide on or off

    Starting at: $2.99

  8. Dry Air 12" Axial Fan

    The Dry Air 12” Axial Fan is a high-pressure, high-velocity air mover. It features a powerful 1 HP motor that pulls 7.1 amps and operates on a single speed. The aerodynamic design of this axial fan yields very high airflow rates from a compact, lightweight package.

    • 7.1 amps, 1 HP
    • Single-speed axial air mover
    • Ductable to 125 feet (ducting sold separately)
    • 34 lbs
    • Interlocking stacking design
  9. Fresh Wave IAQ Gel

    Airborne odors don't stand a chance with Fresh Wave IAQ gel. This amazing compound works around the clock to provide 24/7 odor elimination. Simply set it out in a room and let ambient airflow do the work for you!

    • Non-toxic, natural odor elimination
    • Powerful gel activated by ambient airflow
    • Effective for persistent odor problems
    • Can be set out in any type of container
    • Ready to use

    Starting at: $5.20

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