how to remove musty smell from stored items

Noticing a musty smell lurking somewhere in your house? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! Musty smells and odors can have a lot of different causes, from moisture to old food and everything in between. But the good news is that the cause of a musty smell isn’t usually serious or permanent, and there are plenty of easy ways to freshen things up! Today I’ll be sharing 7 quick and easy tips that will help you eliminate musty smells from anywhere in your house. With the help of these tips, your house will be smelling fresh and clean in no time! 🙂

Musty Smells
Musty Smells

1. Locate The Source

The first step to eliminating musty smells is to find out where the smell is coming from. Sniff around a bit—is the smell coming from one room, or has it spread into other rooms in the house? Look for any obvious odor causers, like a piece of food that fell behind the sofa. If you can’t find the source, you may need to hire a professional to come and inspect your space.

2. Let In Fresh Air

The easiest way to help eliminate musty smells in your home is to open your windows! Letting in fresh air can do a world of good when it comes to how your house smells. And make sure to throw open all the windows and blinds too, both for airflow and for some sunshine. You can also take things a step further by opening all the interior doors, cupboards, cabinets, and closets so they can all get some fresh air too. Because when it comes to musty smells, sometimes some fresh air is all you need!

Musty Smells

3. Get The Air Moving

Musty smells are generally more likely to develop in rooms that are dark, damp, or warm. You can improve the conditions of these sorts of rooms by running a fan to keep air moving! Run ventilation fans in your kitchen and bathroom regularly to discourage musty smells from developing. In rooms with limited airflow like the attic or laundry room, consider bringing in a small electric fan to get the air moving.

Musty Smells

4. Grab Your Duster

Dust is a common source of musty smells, so grab your dusting tool of choice and get to dusting! Try to think of places that you may not have dusted recently, like behind furniture, on top of your ceiling fans, or the tops of your door frames. Use your duster along with a dusting spray to help discourage dust from settling in the future.

Musty Smells

5. Clean Your House

If dusting doesn’t take care of the musty smell, a more thorough cleaning may help. Make sure to sweep and mop hard floors and vacuum carpets! And while you’re tidying up, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for potential smell sources.

6. Use An Odor-Eliminator

If the musty smell seems to be emanating from a small area like a closet or cupboard, grab some baking soda! Place a small dish of baking soda in the enclosed area for up to 24 hours. The baking soda will absorb excess moisture and odors, and leave things smelling much fresher. You can also make my homemade deodorizing disks featuring baking soda and essential oils! Learn how to make them at the link below.

Related: Freshen Up Your Home With These Homemade Deodorizing Disks

Musty Smells

7. Use A Natural Air Freshener

There are tons of ways to make your home smell fresher and cleaner without resorting to expensive store-bought air fresheners! Whether you want to use essential oils, citrus peels, baking soda, or even house plants.

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