How can I get the smell out? Removing musty smells from the closet

Do you find your closet so SMELLY? If yes, there may be some mold growing inside. Hanging the wet shoes or clothes that are not completely dry inside the closet is the primary cause of mustiness and odor in closets. This can lead to mildew as well since mold grows in a warm, moist and dark environment. Mold can also make your fresh clothes smelly. Stuffiness from lack of air circulation is another major factor. If you are a smoker, the smoker garments can create a serious odor problem in the closet. But don’t worry, you can get rid of it by taking the following steps.

Empty out the Closet Completely

Remove everything from the closet including items on the floor. Put the machine-washable footwear and wet clothes into the washer if they are stinky. After that, you can hang the clothes outside to dry for a fresher scent. Do not put wet shoes into the closet as they will make your closet musty again.


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Set up a fan

Setting up a fan on a side table to blow air directly into the closet can increase the airflow in the closet.  Let the closet air out this way for 24 hours. 


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Clean the closet from top to bottom

Look for any signs of mold, mildew, or anything that may contribute to the musty smell in your closet. Vacuum it or sweep up the loose debris and then wipe down shelves, doors, and walls with warm water and ½ cup of vinegar. Dry the closet and refill the closet.

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Keeping it smelling fresh

Activated charcoal is the most effective odor absorber and air purifier. It helps to filter out mold spores, preventing your closet from growing mold again. The activated charcoal is reusable, it can release the absorbed odors every time you place it under the bright sunlight for a few hours. This process can restore its ability to further absorb unpleasant odors, and thus the same activated charcoal can be used up to 2 years. Skylarlife REFRESH Shoes Moisture Absorbers Bags is an all in one odor eliminator, which is made of activated charcoal. Apart from removing the odor and moisture, it can even replace the bad odor with a fresh scent inside your closet. providing you a mold-free and fresh closet.

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