Cleaning, DIY Cleaning

How to Get Rid of the Musty Smell

Homemade Room Deodorizer

There’s just something about having men in the house that makes it smell more… musty and I’m not talking about just the bathroom or bedroom. The mustiness spreads to the whole house and is there to welcome you when you get back from the grocery store; it’s a problem. I find the mustiness to be especially bad when I leave for vacation. The easiest way I’ve found to combat the musty smell is my easy DIY Room Deodorizer spray.

You will need:

  • Water
  • Vinegar

That’s it! Now the amount of water and vinegar you need will depend on your level of teenage mustiness. On a scale of freshly showered to high school locker room, we usually linger around the “freshly showered” and laundry day is “gym day.” I typically use 25-40% vinegar to water since I also use the solution to clean and it works well, even on tough odors. My house was having a particularly bad day with mustiness, due to the fact I was sorting dirty laundry in the living room and I sprayed some of my homemade room deodorizer. Within minutes, the room was fresher; if you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t know there was dirty laundry in there.

A great thing about this natural deodorizer is that it’s inexpensive and you can make it to fit your needs. I mentioned previously that I typically use a mild to moderate solution but if the smell is high school locker room, I’ll just use straight vinegar. I love using this homemade room spray instead of the commercial stuff because I don’t have to worry about breathing in harmful chemicals, or what kind of residue it may leave on surfaces.

The vinegar works well to kill the odors instead of mask the problem. You can use this spray in the air, on the couch, or even on clothes. Yes, there is a vinegar smell, because you’re spraying vinegar, but it does dissipate quickly. You can scent your vinegar as I did with citrus to cover the smell. Quick frankly I’m used to the vinegar smell and it doesn’t bother me anymore since it dissipates so quickly. Although, I joke that I live in a pickle factory.

What’s your favorite scent for your home?


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