How to Get Rid of a Musty Odor in a Room

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How to Get Rid of a Musty Odor in a Room
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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

  • Dehumidifier
  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Bowls
  • Large pot
  • Fabric odour neutraliser

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  1. 1

    Rent or purchase a dehumidifier to eliminate humidity in the room. Humidity can often be a major cause of musty odours.

  2. 2

    Fill the spray bottle with vinegar. Spray the walls and wipe with a damp sponge. Rinse the sponge often.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets or hard wood floors. Let sit for several hours, then vacuum or sweep the floors.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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