What Does Mold Smell Like?

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Mold has a musty odor that is indistinguishable from any other smell. Some types of mold, such as those on rotten foods, have the typical foul odor of rotten eggs. Other mold, like black mold, smells very musty, similar to a basement that is not properly aired.

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