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We’ve just moved into a new house and have in­her­ited a char­i­tyshop odour, rem­i­nis­cent of mounds of mouldy cloth­ing, that is prov­ing im­pos­si­ble to shift. The house smells par­tic­u­larly musty in the liv­ing room which the pre­vi­ous oc­cu­pant lived in for the most part. How can we freshen it up a bit?

An­swer in brief: Try a thor­ough scrub, a bit of extra ven­ti­la­tion and a plate of baking pow­der. I pre­sume that you have given the liv­ing room a good clean, and re­placed any whiffy car­pets, cur­tains, etc? Clean­li­ness is the best route to fresh­ness, along with plenty of fresh air. Keep win­dows open when­ever pos­si­ble and turn a fan on to cre­ate a through-draught. If the whiff per­sists, and you (sen­si­bly) want to avoid chem­i­cal air fresh­en­ers, you could try sprin­kling baking pow­der on to a plate and leav­ing it in the room. The baking pow­der should ab­sorb the smell. Then you can mist with Muji’s ef­fi­cient dif­fuser ( pic­tured left), choos­ing a cleans­ing es­sen­tial oil you par­tic­u­larly like.

Aroma dif­fuser, £59.95, muji.eu

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