7 tips to get rid of musty odors in the house.

Ideas to mask bad smells but also to eliminate their source!

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Who doesn't want to live in a house that smells good? It's just normal! But sometimes, we might face aromas that are at least ... humid.

The smell of dampness in the home can be caused by different things, but leaks and mold are often to blame.

Most of the time, the source is found in the corners of the house, such as the garage or a kitchen cabinet that you don't open often.

The first step in getting rid of this annoying odor is to open the windows and allow the room to ventilate properly. But we can also turn to some simple tips that are also quite inexpensive.

Here are 7 for you to try right away!  

1. Ground coffee

The strong smell of coffee, produced by a substance called furylmethanethiol, is very helpful in combating musty odors. It's a natural, cheap, and quick way to get rid of those smells.

How to proceed:

1. Pour the ground coffee into a bowl.

2. Drop it where the smell is and leave it there for a while. The coffee will absorb the stench.

2. Sea salt

Sea salt is also an effective ingredient in combating a musty odor. This is because its properties can also be used like coffee without having to actively rub it on objects or clean anything.

How to proceed:

1. Pour enough sea salt into a dish to cover it.

2. Place the dish in the most affected area.

Nothing more to do, the sea salt will absorb the smell.

3. Vanilla extract

Vanilla extract has an intense smell that spreads easily around the house. This will help cover, but not remove the damp smell.

How to proceed:

1. Pour a little vanilla extract into a container.

2. Simply place the container in the area that emits a musty smell.

 The vanilla aroma will quickly spread throughout the room.

4. Lemon zest

Lemon juice is a good ally in eliminating bad odors, including those caused by humidity. Lemons, as well as limes, can be an effective tool in getting rid of certain bacteria that can cause a musty smell in the home.

How to proceed:

1. Boil water and add lemon zest to it.

2. When the water begins to smell like lemon, leave the pan in the problematic room.

3. When the water has cooled, pour it into a bottle and spray it on all the problem areas.

5. Baking soda

Baking soda is very helpful in eliminating odors, especially in confined spaces. Some brands even sell special baking soda packaging to prevent bad odors from appearing. These can be used in different parts of the house, such as the refrigerator or cupboards.

Instructions to follow:

1. Pour baking soda into a container.

2. Place everything in the confined space and leave it to act for 24 hours to absorb the humidity.

6. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an aromatic spice that has a pleasant and distinctive aroma and can help cover the musty smell in the house, without actually eliminating the smell itself. This is a good option to keep in mind, even if a specific room doesn't smell too bad.

How to proceed:

1. Pour the cinnamon powder into fabric or cotton bags.

2. Place bags in strategic places, such as the closet, so that clothes can absorb the smell of cinnamon.

Note: If you want to use cinnamon sticks, just tie them with a ribbon and place them where you need them.

7. How to get rid of mildew, the source of bad odors

Mold is a common cause of musty odors, but there are a few simple tips you can use to get rid of it once and for all. This is important and should be done from time to time to prevent it from becoming a major problem. Keep in mind that mold could potentially be a threat to your health and that of your family, so having a well-ventilated home is essential.

Here are some tips that can be very useful, especially for cleaning the bathroom.

1. Mix with a cup of bleach diluted in about 4 liters of water. You can use a stiff bristle brush to apply this mixture to the areas where you see mold. Do not mix this liquid with other cleaning products, as you may get a dangerous compound.

2. If you notice mold in the bathroom sealer, it is best to replace it and make sure you clean the new one regularly to avoid having to replace it often.

3. Clean the moldy areas with products that remove mold, such as hydrogen peroxide, vinegar or bleach. However, always make sure you don't mix them up. Separately, they will work well, but some of them can cause toxic compounds when combined. Also, be sure to apply the products only to surfaces that will not be damaged.

4. Use a dehumidifier if you live in areas with humidity above 65%.