How to Get Rid of Mildew Smell

Moisture-&-Protection

Summary

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!

BIO

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.

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  • 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

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

  • 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

    sincerely
    annie shultz

    • 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.

  • 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!

      • Firstly, if possible, I would recommend sprinkling Smelleze® Natural Home Smell Deodorizer Granules in the drawers to draw the mildew odor out before it’s released into the air. If possible, place the drawers with the granules in the sun to accelerate the process. Allow it to work for at least a few hours or overnight. The longer the better. Then simply shake of the granules in the garden or garbage and repeat the treatment, if necessary, until the odors are removed.

        Secondly, you may use Smelleze® Reusable Home Smell Deodorizer Pouches to capture the nasty odor from the drawers instead of using the granules or after you have used them as a safeguard. For a breath of fresh air, simply place Smelleze® pouches in all the drawers with the bad odor and smell the difference. Simply keep using and reusing the pouches until the entire odor is completely gone.

  • 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?

    • I would suggest rejuvenating the pouch and then giving it a little more time to work. Shouldnt be long before you see a difference.

  • 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

    • You may use Smelleze® Reusable Chemical Smell Deodorizer Pouches to eliminate airborne odors associated with oil type odors. For a breath of fresh air, simply place Smelleze® pouches in all rooms or spaces with the bad odor. If you have a HVAC system in the problem area, you may also place the Smelleze® pouches on your return air vents, and/or in air handling system to filter the odors out faster. Overall, use one pouch for every 150-300 square feet of area treated and smell the difference. You can use additional pouches for areas with severe odors.

  • 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?

    • I would recommend using Smelleze® Reusable Formaldehyde Smell Deodorizer Pouches to eliminate unpleasant airborne formaldehyde odor. For a breath of fresh air, simply place Smelleze® pouches in all areas or spaces with the bad odor and smell the difference. Use one pouch for every 150 square feet of area treated and smell the difference.

      Turn on any ceiling or other fans you have and open the widows if weather permits. This will increase the air flow and enable the Smelleze® pouches to work faster. You can also use additional pouches for areas with severe odors for quicker results.

    • I wouldnt suggest putting it inside the ice machine only because it can generate dust and im sure you dont want that in your ice, however you can put it right outside the machine and it will be just as effective.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Kelly

    • I would recommend using our MOISTURESORB™ Reusable Moisture & Odor Removal Pouches. The XL covers 150 sq. ft so you could get about 6 of them and if you buy 6 you get a 10% discount!

  • 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
    Kelly

    • I would recommend using Smelleze® Reusable Home Smell Deodorizer Pouches to eliminate all nasty airborne odors. This is an excellent broad spectrum product to use if you are not sure of the source of your odor or just want to freshen up your home air.

      For a breath of fresh air, simply place Smelleze® pouches in all rooms or spaces with the bad odor. If you have a forced air HVAC system, you may also place the Smelleze® pouches on your return air vents to filter the odors out faster.

  • 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?

    • Hi, I would recommend using AmmoSorb™ Natural Aquarium Ammonia Removal Deco Rocks. AmmoSorb™ is non-toxic, safe, reusable, recyclable, natural, odorless, non-flammable and non-caustic.

  • I recently purchased a recliner that the upholstery has been sprayed with a horrible carcinogenic and I have tried everything to remove the scent without success. Baking soda. Vinegar, peroxide, vodka, etc. Do you have an Unscented product that can eliminate this smell? Thank you so much for your help.

    • I would suggest using our Smelleze™ Natural House Smell Deodorizer Granules & Powder. Simply sprinkle this over the recliner and let it sit for a while and allow it time to work.

  • My dog has been diagnosed with a severe problem in her intestines. While the Vets are trying all sorts of things to repair the problem, he suffers from terrible gas. Actually, we all suffer. This is not normal dog odor because she has a very limited diet. But the result if horrendous. Will your product work in our situation?

  • I have a home on a great lake that has an odor. I wouldn’t call it mildew odor, or musty like a basement can be, and it’s not terribly ‘stinky’ but it is unpleasant. The odor is almost non existent on the lower level. At first we thought odor came from insufficient ventilation, as house was only occupied on weekends. We installed a system to circulate fresh air, but the odor remains. We spent an entire summer here, windows open often and the odor did not go away. It’s been suggested we remove all carpet, that moisture from lake is absorbed deep into padding, but I’d prefer a less expensive option. The odor did seem to go away temporarily after professional carpet cleaning. We’ve also set up an ozone generator for several hours, on numerous occasions and odor still exists.

    Do you think any of your products will eliminate this odor? Thank you for any advice you can offer!

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