We all know that weird musty smell which comes after it has rained. This smell can actually make your home seem very un-welcoming. Some studies show that the micro-organisms causing this smell could be very harmful if inhaled for a long time. Here are a few simple ways of getting rid of the foul odour from your rooms!
USE ANTISEPTIC LIQUID TO MOP THE FLOOR
The main cause of musty smell is actually the fungal growth in your rooms. Anti-septic liquids work great for eliminating any fungal growth by actually killing it. You can use liquids like Dettol to mop your floor. Once a week, wipe all your furniture and corners with a Dettol solution as well.
OPEN THE WINDOWS
If your home is poorly ventilated then this will only allow the fungus to grow further. Keeping your rooms enclosed for a very long time can make the air smell stale and result in foul odor. To avoid this, open your doors and windows to allow the fresh air to enter. You will immediately notice a change and the smell will be reduced. Make sure you open your windows for at least 3-4 hrs. Every day.
PLUG IN THE EXHAUST FAN
The exhaust fan, which is usually put in kitchens and basements, is a great way to remove stale air from the space. You can leave it switched on overnight to remove the musty smell.
KEEP SILICA GEL PACKETS IN CLOSED COMPARTMENTS
Silica gel helps to absorb moisture and remove any foul odor. Keep at least 1 sachet in every drawer and cupboards as well.
GET RID OF OLD NEWSPAPERS
Old newspapers can trap fungus spores and allow the fungus to keep growing. It is important to get rid of old newspapers of paper items regularly to ensure that you are not providing a breeding ground for microorganisms.
FIX ANY LEAKING TAPS
Where there is moisture, there will be fungus and thus the musty smell. Fix any leaking taps or any areas behind the walls which might be holding water. It is easy to spot such places because they get discoloured and the wall coating begins to flake.
DIY MOISTURE ABSORBER
Take a big glass bowl. Place several silica gel packets at the bottom as the first layer. For the second layer, pour some dry coffee grounds. Make sure you are making thick layers of each. For the third layer, add baking soda and then the last and fourth layer should be of coffee grounds again. Place a few crystals of rock salt on the top. All these components will help to absorb moisture from the room. Keep this bowl in a safe place/ corner so that no one runs over it!