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