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How to get rid of a damp smell

Is there a damp smell lurking in your house? Remove unpleasant odours with this easy-to-follow guide to help your home smell fresh again!


By Cleanipedia Team

how to get rid of a damp smell

A damp smell in the house can have a variety of causes. If the problem is confined to a particular room, you might be able to see what the culprit is right away.

If not, don’t worry. We’ve compiled a checklist you can follow to make sure you’ve tackled every possible offender. You can also take a look at this article on how to get rid of damp and its effects for further tips.

The two main causes of damp in the home are heat and humidity ­– so, to minimise the risk of a damp smell developing, try to keep your home well ventilated. Keep doors and windows open whenever possible, and be sure to air out a room after cooking or bathing to prevent the steam from settling.

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Key Steps to Get Rid of the Damp Smell in a Room

Adapt these steps according to the objects and surfaces in the room:

  1. If there is a wardrobe in the room, smell your clothes. Try washing them on a warm cycle with a cup of your diluted vinegar solution, as well as your usual laundry detergent. Check the labels on your clothing to ensure you wash each item properly and at the right temperature
  2. You can do the same for any bed linen, curtains, or other fabrics that might be carrying mildew
  3. If the damp seems to be coming from the walls (or it’s an area like a garage, cellar, or attic where damp might be more prevalent), gently scrub any damp patches with your washcloth and water. Dissolve some baking soda in your water for a bit of extra kick to remove the mould, or apply a specialist mould treatment if the problem is substantial. As always, read the product label first, paying particular attention to any safety guidelines. Test on small areas to avoid potential damage
  4. If you find mould on bathroom grouting or the inside of kitchen appliances, scrub them thoroughly with your washcloth and chosen cleaning product
  5. For ovens, fridges, hoovers, or any appliances that might be the cause of the smell, place a small cup of baking soda inside – just remember to remove it from the oven before you next use it!
  6. You can also clean out mildew smells from a washing machine by running a rinse cycle with a little baking soda in the detergent drawer

To remove the smell of damp in a room, following the steps above, you’ll need the following things:

  • A spray container, filled with a solution of white vinegar (1 part water to 1 part vinegar)
  • A washing machine
  • A box of bicarbonate of soda (your first line of attack for getting rid of odours of any kind)
  • A sturdy washcloth
  • A decent household cleaning agent, which you should apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions, paying particular attention to any safety guidelines. We like Domestos

With the tips above, you should now have a clean, fresh smelling home once more – enjoy!

Safety Warning

Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

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