These 8 places could be the source of a musty smell in your home

Know that ultra-fresh, citrus-kissed scent that greets you when you enter a luxury hotel’s lobby? How you can make your house smell good if you wish it could smell good? Are you tired of the musty smell in your house?

Are you tired of the musty odor in your house?
Are you tired of the musty smell in your house?

We spend a lot of time in our homes, so just about everything can leave a scent—like a smelly dishwasher, weird shower drain smells, pets, kids, and even unwanted moisture. You might find the culprit where you least expect it if you examine these likely causes for that ghastly smell.

Your Wall

Mold is likely to cause a musty smell in a home. When mold is actively growing, it releases a substance known as Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs). It’s good news that mold and mildew usually grow in areas that are visible when damp conditions in a closed-up house cause them. Mold may grow under floorboards, behind walls, under wallpaper, in ductwork, or in dust and debris that has accumulated there if it was caused by a leak or persistent moisture.

Trash Cans

Obviously, garbage stinks. Even after you empty the trash regularly, little spills and crumbs will cause bad odors inside your trash can.

Your Pets

Just like humans, they can get stinky, but they’re still very much part of the family. When their hair falls out, bacteria grow, and it could get nasty very fast. You can prevent this by bathing your pet often and cleaning the areas where they sleep and eat once a week with soap and water (no harsh chemicals). Vacuum under beds and sofas to prevent hair (and odor) buildup.

Your Wet Clothing

Don’t put your dirty clothes basket in the bathroom! You should instead keep it in a closet where it will not be exposed to steam from the shower and bath. As bacteria grows in a humid environment, the place smells bad. Do your laundry as soon as possible if you have wet clothes.

Check your bedding

We are unable to smell our own homes, as they smell like our bodies. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? When you don’t wash your sheets regularly, they become saturated with your body oils and dirt. You should wash your sheets every two weeks if you shower in the morning, and every week if you shower at night. Make sure you deep clean your mattress every month to get rid of dust mites and have a good night’s sleep.

Your Front-Load Washer

Household appliances that are frequently in contact with water can harbor mold, which is a breeding ground for smelly bacteria. Moisture from each cycle is trapped in the seal each time you open and close the door of the washer. Mold can also grow in the detergent drawer. To avoid this, always leave the door and detergent drawer open for a few hours after your last load. If you find mold, wipe the area down with a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda one-to-one.

Your Dishwasher

As with your washer, this is a common place for mold and smells to grow. Its warm, damp environment appeals to mold spores, especially if food particles are left behind from your last cycle. Fix it by running a dry-heat cycle regularly to flush out the interior, including the silverware basket, filter, panels, and door gasket. Silverware baskets that become moldy can be cleaned by soaking them in diluted bleach and warm water for 30 minutes in the kitchen sink. Thoroughly rinse before replacing.

Your Garbage Disposal

This is another common kitchen odor culprit. Keeping the inside of the disposal clean is the easiest way to avoid this, since grime can sometimes get trapped beneath the drain. Garbage disposal deodorizers can be bought or you can make your own by grinding a few thin strips of lemon, lime, or orange peels. This not only keeps your drains clean but also diffuses a fresh citrus scent in your kitchen.

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