How to Get Rid the smell of mould: Effective Solutions for a Fresh Home


Mould and mildew are unwelcome guests in any home. The musty, unpleasant odour hangs in the air, causing discomfort and even potential health issues. If you notice that distinct mould smell, it's crucial to act fast. The longer it lingers, the worse the problem can become. This article will tackle how to get rid of the smell of mould, ensuring a fresh and healthy living space.

Eliminating the smell of mould in your house: Key strategies for a clean environment

Getting started, focus on the following tactics for ridding your entire home of that musty odour:

  • Find the source: The first step is to identify the cause of the smell. Inspect areas prone to dampness or water damage, such as bathrooms, basements, and under sinks.
  • Ventilation is key: Proper airflow is essential. Open windows and doors for cross-ventilation and consider using fans to improve air circulation.

    In the bathroom and kitchen, humid air should be replaced as soon as it forms: After showering, bathing or cooking, ventilate the room thoroughly. If laundry is dried in the home, the air must be changed frequently.

    A hygrometer helps to determine the humidity in the room and let you know when to ventilate. The measuring devices are available for small money either analog with a pointer or with a digital display. In homes, the humidity should be in the range of 40 to 60 percent. If this value is exceeded at the latest, the room must be aired.

  • Tackle the moisture: Leaks, dampness, and condensation create an environment where mould thrives. Repair leaks immediately and use a dehumidifier in humid rooms.

Consider using high-quality spray mops for effective cleaning and odour removal.

How to remove mildew smell from a room: Practical tips

For specific rooms affected:

  • White vinegar: This natural cleaner is excellent at neutralising odours. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the affected areas.
  • Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda on surfaces; it naturally absorbs smells. Leave it overnight and vacuum it up.
  • Deep cleaning: A thorough deep cleaning with detergent can help remove any lingering spores and the associated smell. For enhanced cleaning of hard floors, a steam mop can sanitise and deodorise surfaces.

Getting rid of mould smell in carpets: Step-by-step solutions

Carpets can easily trap mouldy odours. Here's what to do:

  1. Dry the carpet: If the carpet is wet, dry it immediately using a towel or a hairdryer, dehumidifiers or by seeking professional help if the area is large.
  2. Baking soda treatment: Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the carpet and let it sit overnight to absorb odours. Vacuum thoroughly.
  3. Steam cleaning: This deep-cleaning method effectively removes mould and its odour. Consider hiring a professional service for extensive mould problems. The Vileda Steam Mop comes with a special carpet glider.

How to remove mildew odour from towels: Quick and easy fixes

Musty towels are a common problem, but it's easy to resolve:

  • Hot and heavy: Wash towels on the hottest water setting your fabric can withstand. Add a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle.
  • Sun drying: Sunlight naturally combats mould and mildew. If possible, hang your towels outside to dry in direct sunlight.
  • Proper storage: Always ensure towels are completely dry before storing them.


The smell of mould is an indicator that something's wrong. You can enjoy a fresh-smelling home, free from mustiness by addressing the source of the odour, improving ventilation, and using the cleaning techniques outlined. Remember, prevention is key! Fix leaks, reduce moisture, and keep your home clean and dry.

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