Get­ting rid of smelly odours trapped in the closet

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QI stored some cloth­ing in a box that be­came wet after our base­ment flooded last spring. I haven’t washed the cloth­ing but they re­ally smell. What is the best way to get rid of the stink? Al­fred (Spring­field, MB) AN­SWER: Be­fore wash­ing the cloth­ing, soak them in hot wa­ter and bo­rax. Bo­rax con­tains no phos­phates and no bleach and it is won­der­ful at zap­ping hard to han­dle odours. If you can­not lo­cate bo­rax, use a gen­er­ous amount of Oxy Clean or tea tree oil and vine­gar or bak­ing soda. Adding vine­gar to laun­dry loads is a won­der­ful idea, but for this par­tic­u­lar in­stance you need to use full­strength vine­gar and tea tree oil and soak for at least two hours be­fore laun­der­ing. Laun­der cloth­ing with hot wa­ter and heavy-duty de­ter­gent. QUES­TION: We have a clothes closet un­der the stairs in the base­ment. It has a musty smell in it and I am won­der­ing how to get rid of it. Do you have any sug­ges­tions? Dianne, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: After clean­ing the in­te­rior with vine­gar, caulk ev­ery seam in the closet. Inside the closet hang a mois­ture ab­sorb­ing bag such as Damp Rid. Place an open bag of ac­ti­vated char­coal or kitty lit­ter in the closet for sev­eral weeks. In­stead of air fresh­en­ers, it is ef­fec­tive to store an open bar of soap in the closet. Fra­grances of soap are mild (de­pend­ing on the soap) and if the fresh soap smell fades, grate the side of the soap with a knife. The soap will once again freshen the air. Another op­tion is to fill a sock with fresh cof­fee, close with a rub­ber band and toss the sock inside the closet. Re­place as needed. Or sprin­kle a piece of card­board with cin­na­mon es­sen­tial oi and the musty smell will dis­ap­pear. You may want to con­sider pur­chas­ing a dehumidifier. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Missed a col­umn? Can’t re­mem­ber a so­lu­tion? Need a Cor­po­rate Pre­sen­ter on the topic: Har­ness

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