Asked on Nov 25, 2018

How do I get the musty smell off of my artificial Christmas tree?

Judy Bare
by Judy Bare

We have let it air outside on our front porch in the fresh air for a few days, pressure washed it and let it air dry again. Still smells really musty. It has been in storage for two years, but is a big (and was pricey) pretty tree. Help! Thank you and have a BLESSED CHRISTmas celebration!

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 25, 2018

    Try spraying with Fabreeze fabric spray. Then after a few days spray with a Christmas tree scent.. If doesn't work you could try what we do for musty carpet . Wrap up in large plastic with kitty litter . Let sit for a week, open up and hose or dust off. Hope it works.

    • Judy Bare Judy Bare on Nov 25, 2018

      Thank you, Kelli. I will buy some tomorrow. Your solution sounds the easiest, so I'll try that first. Merry CHRISTmas!

  • 17335038 17335038 on Nov 25, 2018

    Items in storage take on a musty smell due to lack of sufficient air circulation and/or moisture in the air. When it is time to store the tree away again after this season, I would recommend putting an anti-damp product in with the tree.

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  • Cindy Cindy on Nov 25, 2018

    Hi Judy. I'm Cindy. Put the tree in a large bag and put 2 - 3 pounds of charcoal in the bag with it. Then sprinkle baking soda in the bag too. Close the bag and let it set for a couple days. After that open the bag and throw the charcoal away. Vacuum up the baking soda. If the smell persists, repeat this process. Good luck Judy and Happy Holidays.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 25, 2018

    Charcoal is great as an odor eliminator. Just make sure you don't use the kind that has lighter fluid in it. I cheated and bought some bags with charcoal inside them from Amazon. They worked great and removed a nasty smell from a vehicle that detailing couldn't remove.