A damp smell is often an indicator of mold or mildew growing in a home. Prevent the smell by eliminating any leaks and ventilating the area. Odor absorbers often help to eliminate trace smells.Continue Reading
A dripping faucet or leaking drain provides moisture that encourages the growth of mold. The drip increases the humidity in the air, so spores start to grow in unseen areas. Dry the house by fixing these leaks. Clean any mildew you find growing in the house.
The smell is most likely to originate in rooms where water is present. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry facilities are likely spaces. Open a window or turn on a vent when performing operations that produce moisture, such as taking a shower or boiling water. Consider installing an automatic timer on vents to keep them operating at least 12 hours daily. Air conditioning also helps to reduce the humidity in the home. When homes have wooden floors, foundation vents should be opened during the winter to expel the moist air and closed during the summer to keep the humidity out.
Activated charcoal, baking soda and sidewalk chalk are all powerful odor absorbers. Place them in the areas where the smell is most noticeable. Commercial moisture and odor absorbers are also available.
To eliminate the mildew smell, wash the offending towels in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric, using two tablespoons of baking soda in both the wash and rinse cycle. A second, water-only rinse cycle, after the baking soda rinse, removes any remaining residue.Full Answer >
To remove a mildew smell in fabric from a specific area of fabric, make a thick paste with lemon juice and salt, rub the paste over the affected area, and then dry the area under direct sunlight. Repeat until the mildew stain and smell are gone. Use vinegar, baking soda, bleach or heavy duty detergent if the mildew odor affects the fabric uniformly.Full Answer >
Some ways to get rid of the mildew smell are to eliminate the source of the smell, clean up the area with bleach and wash fabrics thoroughly. It is also a good idea to keep the humidity low to reduce moisture, which adds to mold and mildew.Full Answer >
Towels may have a moldy or mildew smell even after washing if they have still contain bacteria. If the bacteria aren't killed by soap and hot water, they continue to breed, producing the unpleasant odor.Full Answer >