Asked on Sep 4, 2020

Charcoal bags ?

Lindsay AratariDeb KCarrie @ Curly Crafty Mom


Anyone know how to make your own charcoal bags for inside the house? I need something to get rid of a musty odor. Also, what kind of material would I put it in or does it matter? Or is it cheaper to just go to like the Depot & buy a musty smell odor thingy? Thanks guy's !

14 answers
  • You could make the bags of any air permeable material like coffee filters or a fabric. By the time you find the activated charcoal though, it might be easier, faster, and less expensive to buy them pre-made. Ideally, track down the moisture source to eliminate it.

  • Em
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Take two wash cloths. Stitch 3 sides, fill with charcoal then stitch the top closed. The wash cloths have an open weave to let the charcoal do it's job. Rarely is PRE-made cheaper than DIY. You can buy charcoal ready many places on line as well.

    Here’s how to make activated charcoal: Step 1: Grind homemade charcoal into a fine powder using a pestle and mortar. Step 2: Make a calcium chloride solution. Step 3: Combine the powdered charcoal with the calcium chloride solution. Step 4: Cover the mixture and allow to sit for 24 hours. Step 5: Dump the paste onto a blanket to dry.

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on Sep 4, 2020

    I might buy the moisture absorbing packages. I put one in my little safe to get rid of musty paper smell. It last for years in that small volume. However, getting rid of moisure smell source is best bet.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Sep 4, 2020


    You could just put the charcoal into a bowl and let it breath. Hide it or leave it in the open. It will do the job. Something else you may not have thought of is Tea bags, they do the same job! You can also buy Shake and Vac that would leave a good odour and collect any damp in the carpet. You can also buy Cheap Silica Gel Damp containers from stores.

  • drop it in a nylon or sock and hang it up

  • Janice
    on Sep 4, 2020

    You can place the charcoal in the mesh bags that fruits and veggies come in from the store, or use the open-sided smal berry containers, or even an open bowl. Any of these items will "contain" the charcoal to allow it to do its work. If you want to sew bags, any natural fabric such as cotton or linen would be best.

  • Dee
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Hang it in muslin fabric or mesh. There is also a product called oderban which works wonders for musky odors

  • Mogie
    on Sep 4, 2020

    I saw someone who took her hubby's old tube socks. They are easy to tie closed and wash when refilling.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Sep 4, 2020

    I buy charcoal odor chasers at walmart they are about $3-4 and they work great in musty closets, basements etc

    you will find them in a plastic oval shaped container in the area where the closet items are or else in the ironing board areas

  • Peggy Burnette
    Peggy Burnette
    on Sep 5, 2020

    Hi Madeline, hope this help you get rid of your musty odor in your home.



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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Sep 5, 2020

    Another option is to buy some inexpensive charcoal bags off Amazon. I don't know how many you need, but it may be less expensive to do it that way if you don't need a ton of them. Here is the LINK

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Sep 6, 2020

    Hi Madeline, this should help you out,

  • Lindsay Aratari
    Lindsay Aratari
    on Sep 30, 2020

    You could use a diffuser and essential oils

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