According to Coit, damp smells can be removed from clothing by machine washing the items with ? cup of vinegar and ? cup of baking soda. Placing damp-smelling clothing in the freezer for two hours also helps to eliminate odors. Musty smells emitting from the washing machine can be treated by pouring ? cup of pine-scented cleaner into the machine and running it on a full cycle.
Damp smells emitting from enclosed areas, such as closets, can be eliminated by emptying out the space completely and wiping down all walls, flooring and shelving with a solution of warm water and white vinegar. It is important to allow the space to dry completely, and wash and dry all of the removed items prior to restocking the space.
Damp odors can be prevented by only storing clothing, shoes and bedding that are clean and dry in enclosed spaces, such as closets or dressers. Leaving the washing machine lid open between uses can help to prevent dampness and mildew that can lead to musty odors. In certain cases, damp odors can be the result of a water leak or overgrowth of mold. If musty odors persist, it is important to identify the source of the odor and seek professional assistance if needed.