How to Remove Smells With a Dehumidifier

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How to Remove Smells With a Dehumidifier
Odours can turn your once peaceful home into a stressful, stinky mess. (bad smell image by Lisa Eastman from

A dehumidifier works by sucking up old, musty air and replacing it with fresh air. It not only removes the moisture--allowing damp spaces to dry--it also helps eliminate mould, mildew and dust mites that can trigger allergies and aggravate asthma. You can purchase a dehumidifier at department stores nationwide and they are simple to use. After a few weeks of use, your home will be left smelling clean and fresh.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Place the dehumidifier in the area that you want to remove the smell. Keep the dehumidifier 6 inches or more from any walls, furniture or curtains.

  2. 2

    Shut all doors and windows in the room.

  3. 3

    Open all closets and doors, including dresser drawers.

  4. 4

    Turn the dehumidifier on high and leave running for one to two weeks. You can leave the dehumidifier running without attendance, but you should check the dehumidifier a once or twice a day to see if the tank needs emptying. Your dehumidifier will shut off automatically when the tank is full.

Tips and warnings

  • In addition to running your dehumidifier, place bowls of white vinegar in the area to combat smells. Vinegar is a natural deodoriser that can greatly eliminate odours. You can also boil water with either cinnamon sticks, orange peels or lemon peels on your hob to help freshen the air with a pleasant aroma.
  • If your dehumidifier doesn't remove carpet smells, sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Allow the baking soda to sit for 15 to 30 minutes and then vacuum.

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