Winter has long passed but the lingering odor of dank basement can linger throughout the summer months, despite repeated airings.
Damp, musty or foul basement odors can become a serious problem in homes as air naturally moves upwards due to the stack effect.
Sources of Basement Odors
Foul basement odors are most commonly caused by the following five reasons:
Getting Rid of that Musty Cellar Smell
Be sure to remove the cause of the odor first, ensure there’s no standing water, blocked drainage, etc.
Once you’ve remedied the cause of odor, here are here are a few favorite dirt cheap remedies for beating basement odor naturally . . .
Onions!The easiest, and probably the cheapest remedy is to simply slice a couple of large fresh onions in half and place each half on plates in your basement. Leave them out overnight and in the morning toss them in the compost pile. The aroma of the onion will dissipate and when it does you’ll have a fresh (non-salad bar!) scent in your basement.
Vinegar & Water: Combine three parts water with one part vinegar (white or cider). Apply the mixture using a stiff broom or brush to concrete surfaces and scrub thoroughly.
Dishes of Vinegar: Placing dishes of vinegar around the basement can help break down damp musty smells. You’ll need to leave them in place for several days to take full effect.
Bag of Charcoal Briquettes– Open a bag of Charcoal briquettes and leave the bag open in the basement to adsorb dampness and odors. Each bag will last approximately 6 months depending on the level of moisture in the air