How to get mildew smell out of basement

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Do you smell something funky coming from your basement? A musty, dirty odour can mean that there is mould or mildew growing in your basement. Mildew and mould thrive in the basement environment, especially an unfinished basement which is prone to leaks and flooding. The moist and dark environment really is the perfect area for mould to grow. Since there's little to no sunlight in most basements, it can't kill the mould. Another area that mould and mildew can grow well is in the bathroom. Luckily there are a few different solutions that help you to get rid of and prevent mould from returning and getting rid of the mould and mildew will also eliminate the odors as well. The best thing about these cleaning tips is that you'll only be using natural cleaners too. Most people would get out the bleach which can be damaging and toxic. So it's always best to use natural cleaners for cleaning your home. You will also need to inspect your home further to catch the source of the problem, so it doesn't end up happening again.

If you have any water leaks present in the basement of your home, this could be the actual cause of the mould. A pipe could be leaking onto the walls or the floor which will create a breeding ground for mould. So check for wet spots in your basement and follow the odour if you can. The other thing that's going to be important for getting rid of mould is proper ventilation. So open up all of the windows in your basement and leave them open for a while to carry out the odour. It will also bring in fresh air which will freshen up your basement which can get pretty stuffy. You also want to dry up the air as much as possible in your basement and home. Once the moisture is out of the air, the mildew or mould will dry up and cease to exist. Run a dehumidifier in the basement for a while to extract the moisture from the air and keep it nice and dry. Leaving the windows open while you're doing this is also important.

To clean up mould or mildew you can use natural cleaners like white distilled vinegar. Vinegar is excellent at killing mould and mildew spores and it also really helps neutralize odours. You can create a cleaner out of one part vinegar to four parts water in a bucket and use a cloth or a rag to wipe down all of the walls, ceiling and to mop the floors if they are not carpets. Open windows and run a fan to allow the space to quickly air dry. For an added effect, close windows at night and leave bowls of white vinegar throughout the basement. Baking soda is also one of the best natural cleaners you can use for mould and mildew. Just sprinkling some baking soda on an area that is smelly can eliminate odors. Allow the baking soda to sit for a while before you vacuum it up. Essential oils like lavender and tea tree oil really help to kill mould and mildew. Just put several drops of the oils into water and put the solution in bowls around your basement. You can also add these essential oils to any natural cleaners you make and use on mould or mildew. So if you're ever finding that you smell a musty odour coming from your basement try these cleaning tips from Get Smell Out and get rid of the odours for good by taking care of the issue.***

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