That Smelly Ol’ Closet & How To Stop The Stink

Stop the Stink
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All Natural Ways to Remove Closet Odors.


Everybody is familiar with smelly closets. Whether you struggle with keeping your closet smelling fresh or you remember that musky closet at your grandparents, everyone has some stinky closet nightmare. I am sure you can imagine that smell in your nose just thinking about it.

Taking care of the small can seem like a daunting task. Below, I have four typical causes of funky odors in your bedroom closet. I will tell you how to eliminate that closet smell instead of masking it.


The best part is that each of my methods to help you below are entirely all-natural so you do not need to worry about any harmful products or chemicals making your closet smell worse than before.


Getting Started


I first recommend that you do the following steps.


  1. Take all clothing out of your closet.
  2. Look around for anything unusual (bugs, water leak, pet messes, mold, etc.) that might be causing the smell.
  3. Wipe down all surfaces with a bucket of water mixed with a half cup of vinegar.
  4. If your closet has carpet, sprinkle baking soda over the carpeted area and let sit for at least an hour.
  5. For hardwood floors, sweep and wash floor using the above white vinegar mixture.




Footwear that you wear every day to work, school, or the gym are a major contributor to bad closet smells. Here is what I recommend you do to eliminate the bad smell in your sneakers, flats, boots, etc. and keep it away.


Wipe down your shoes with a combination of warm water and an all-natural detergent or baking soda. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the outside of the shoe, we can focus on cleaning the inside.


Place any of the following items below inside your shoes for at least 24 hours to help absorb any odors.


* Coffee filters with fresh grounds.

* Rolled up newspapers.

* Baking soda.


Once you remove the smell, keep a small container of baking soda or white vinegar near where you keep your footwear to make sure the smell never comes back.


Sports and Workout Clothes


Sports clothes and active wear can ruin even the cleanest smelling of closets. If you store your dirty clothes hamper in your closet, your old sports clothes can be what is stinking up the place.


To neutralize the smell from workout clothes, spray them with a little white vinegar.

Keep a spray bottle with a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar and keep it in your closet. When you take your sports clothes off, give it a quick spray before throwing it in the closet. I know it seems odd adding vinegar to something that already smells, but the vinegar neutralizes the existing odor leaving no scent behind.


If you want to add a fresh smell to the mixture, add a few essential oils to the bottle before you spray.


Old Clothing


Sometimes clothes that hang in the closet for a long time starts to get a musky, old smell to them. Luckily, there are easy things you can do to take away that smell.


First, it is best to rewash any odd smelling clothes in your closet to get any dust or dirt clinging to the fabric. After you rehang them, place a box of open baking soda nearby. This will help eliminate any odors in the air before your clothes absorb any other smells.


If you have jackets or coats, fill a coffee filter with baking soda and leave it in your jacket pocket. Just do not forget it is in there when you wear it!


Second, occasionally use the bottle of vinegar and water I talked about above to spray the clothes hanging up. Again, you can experiment with adding essential oils to the mixture to give your clothes a good smell.


You do not need to break the bank and buy expensive cleaners or machines to freshen up your closet.


Plenty of cheap, effective, and natural ways to make your closet smelling clean and fresh exist. The above tips take hardly any effort and you do not need to worry about harmful, corrosive detergents and cleaners.

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