Old houses have a lot of character and history. Unfortunately, they also sometimes have a very distinct “old” smell, which most people categorise as musty. Mold, humidity, lack of ventilation in the room, old carpet and a variety of other culprits cause musty smells. Often, strong musty odours in a room transfer to anything kept in that room including furniture and clothing. Thankfully, some simple home remedies will eliminate these less-than-inviting smells.
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Things you need
- Spray bottle
- Baking soda
- Large pot
- Fabric odour neutraliser
Rent or purchase a dehumidifier to eliminate humidity in the room. Humidity can often be a major cause of musty odours.
Fill the spray bottle with vinegar. Spray the walls and wipe with a damp sponge. Rinse the sponge often.
Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets or hard wood floors. Let sit for several hours, then vacuum or sweep the floors.
Pour vinegar in several bowls and place them in different areas of the room. If the musty smelling room is the kitchen or near the kitchen, fill a pot with white vinegar and bring it to a boil on the stove. Let bowl for an hour. This will help neutralise any odours in the air.
Use fabric odour neutraliser on any furniture in the room that may also smell musty.
Tips and warnings
- If the musty odour is still present, look in the phone book for a mould specialist. You might have a mould problem that you can't see.
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