How to Get Rid of Mildew Smell

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Mildew thrives in areas of excess moisture and leaves behind a stale and undesirable smelly odor on every surface they invade. Learn how to stop musty smell with our informative guide.

Get Mildew Smell Out Now

Mildew is an organism that thrives in areas of excess moisture and leaves behind a stale and undesirable smelly odor. The term mildew is often used to generically refer to mold growth in households. They can thrive on many organic materials including cloth, leather, paper, ceilings, walls, and floors. Consequently, they can leave their smell on every surface they invade.

The main cause of mildew is dampness and improper lighting. It starts because of plumbing or roof leaks, overflows from sinks or bath tubs, high humidity, and so forth. It causes considerable damage by leaving a musty smell and discoloring fabrics and surfaces. Mildew spreads very fast, in approximately about 24-48 hours and the more it spreads, the stronger the smell gets.

Letting the air flow freely by opening windows and doors, proper circulation, allowing light in by opening drapes and blinds, and stopping old leaks can lead to a lessening of the mildew smell but does not eliminate it completely. In order to get rid of the mildew smell, one has to use something more effective than just extra lighting or proper ventilation alone. It should be noted that homemade smell removers also are not effective enough to get the mildew smell out.

Sometimes, people get wrongly advised and start using hazardous materials to remove mildew smells, without considering the ill effects of mildew smell removal through harmful chemicals. Silica gel, activated alumina, anhydrous calcium sulfate, and calcium chloride have also been used to control moisture in order to rid mildew smell but one has to exercise caution when using these chemicals which can be expensive and messy.

But, help is on the way if you are looking for a mildew smell remover that is eco-friendly, non-toxic, safe and 100% natural. We have found a dual action chemical-free mildew smell eliminator that works really well namely MOISTURESORB Reusable Moisture & Smell Removal Pouch. Firstly, it eliminates the source of the mildew smell, i.e. moisture and prevents new mildew smell from forming. Secondly, it absorbs and eliminates existing mildew smell to give you immediate relief.

Best of all, unlike all the mildew odor removal products mentioned above, this moisture & smell remover is reusable, easy to use, does not create any mess, less expensive and lasts for many years. To get the smell out, simply place in areas with mildew smell. To rejuvenate this moisture and smell removal product, place in direct sunlight or heat in a microwave and reuse. It’s as easy as that to rid smell from mildew with the right smell eliminator!


Kim Kennedy is a freelance smell remover blogger who writes about eco-friendly musty smell removal products that get mildew smell out safely without covering it up with fragrances.


  1. Sandra Stevenson says:

    I have a dreadful problem in my loft. I have just had 8 vent tiles in the roof. I left the loft velux window open since May and it is still smelling. I had a teak cabinet stored there & its smelling too. I am asthmatic & wonder if this pouch mentioned would do the job? Thank you

    • Dan Keller says:

      Yes, SMELLEZE will absolutely do the job without emitting any harmful chemicals. Been sold for rover 15 years1 and has great track recorrd

  2. Annie Shultz says:

    i have really bad smelling towels from water i have to wash them in the washing machine and dry them in the dryer as i am wheelchair bound

    annie shultz

    • Pradip Gopal says:

      Annie, I would recommend using ODOREZE Laundry Smell Additive when washing your towels. Just add a cap ful to you regular detergent and smell the difference! You can also soak them in ODOREZE overnight and then wash as usual.This will take care of your problem.

  3. caterine says:

    I am so hate with the smell of Mildew, and I got the answer here. Thank you

  4. Joanne says:

    We just bought a house that was fully furnished. The house was locked up for over a year and has a mildew spell throughout the house and is in the furniture, bedding and carpeting. What product(s) would you suggest? Thanks!

  5. Ilene bump says:

    I have a very small closet. It has a mildew smell and my clothes feel damp. I bought 2 pouches and hung them in the closet. So far nothing has changed. It’s been a week . How long before I should smell the difference?

  6. John Ferrara says:

    Where Can I buy MoistureSorb
    ie Amazon, ebay.. Walmart etc

  7. Jackie says:

    I have an oil smell down in the basement when you open the door the smell hits and it stays upstairs for awhile now this smell makes me sick off balance I need to take of this problem my landlord doesn’t think it is a problem but if I have pay for it myself I will and I also need to know the cost to get this done

  8. Ruth cook says:

    My flooring laminate was done by lumber liquidators and is on their list of having formeldahide. It is 2/3 years old but I had to have a sinus operation because of the fumes. I just want to make sure the fumes are pretty much gone by now but want to make sure. What would you think is the best product to use. It is intheliving and dinning and one bedroom. Can thepluginroom units work?

  9. Cleva Rodeffrt says:

    Will this elimanite odors permanently from a linoleum floor?

  10. Kay says:

    Will this work in under-the-counter ice machine? Is it safe for that?

  11. Max Brown says:

    Great writing! I agree with many of your points. This information has been made so clear there’s no way to misunderstand it. Thank you.

  12. Kelly says:

    I have moved into an apt. With a chiller. Yikes the smell is horible. Can you suggest the very best product for this problem. The apt is 2 bed 2 bath about 900 sq. Thank you in advance

  13. Kelly Mueller says:

    I have moved into an apt. With a chiller. Yikes the smell is horible. Can you suggest the very best product for this problem. The apt is 2 bed 2 bath about 900 sq. Thank you in advance

  14. Marilyn Hodgson says:

    We filled our aquarium 3 days ago after sitting empty all summer,today I noticed a strong sour,mildew smell.We are going to remove the gravel & clean it.What can we use so we don’t kill our fish?

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