What do I do to get rid of musty odors in my house?

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  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Mar 28, 2019

    You'll need to see if there's a water leak somewhere and fix it. I've found that diffusing tea tree oil can help eliminate airborne odors.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 28, 2019

    I have noticed that my drains (kitchen and bathroom) can begin to smell. If water isn’t running down the drain regularly, sewer gases that normally washes it out of the system can make their way back up into your home. Even if you don’t plan on using the extra bathroom, it’s still a good idea to run water down the bathtub and sink drain at least once a week.


    Smoking can make a house smell. I don't allow smoking inside my house at all.


    Laundry rooms are famous for emitting sour smells. After doing a load of laundry leave the lid of your washing machine open so the inside can dry out.


    Store things like paper, toys, clothes, or mementos in plastic, water-proof containers instead of cardboard boxes. Run a dehumidifier regularly in the basement.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 28, 2019

    Open the windows whenever you can to get in fresh air. Run ceiling fans to circulate air in the house, or even use a fan in rooms occasionally. See if you can isolate what rooms the odor is coming from and concentrate on that first. A spray of vinegar on the carpet will help with that, and the Febreeze spray for fabrics will take care of some of the odor from fabric furniture and linens.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 28, 2019

    Activated charcoal buy in bulk online or at fish/aquarium stores

  • Alice Alice on Mar 28, 2019

    Use a natural odor absorber like Activated Charcoal or Baking Soda. These products will absorb the smell, so you'll want to throw them away and replace them every two weeks or so. 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.


    Plants also help to get rid of musty odors.


    What Absorbs Odor?

    • Vinegar. When cooking fish, onions, eggs or cabbage, you can prevent the smell of these items from wafting through your house by boiling a small pan filled with 1 cup water and 1 cup of vinegar. ...
    • Fruit. ...
    • Baking Soda. ...
    • Bread. ...
    • Kitty Litter. ...
    • Lemon Juice. ...