Removing Mildew Odor

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Removing mildew odor requires eliminating the mildew at the source using an all-purpose cleaner and diluted bleach, but placing a bowl full of vinegar in the room overnight can help absorb the smell. Eliminate mildew from the home, getting a home inspection if they mildew is in the walls, with advice from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to remove mildew odor. First, obviously, you want to remove the mildew. So get a sponge, preferably one that has a really, really coarse side to it. Spray it with an all-purpose cleaner, and get as much of the mildew off as you can. If you have mildew that's under, like, caulking in your shower, or in your tub, you may have to remove the caulk and then scrub the mildew off and replace it. To kill the mildew you want to use bleach water. You know, maybe a teaspoon of bleach in an entire spray bottle of water is enough to kill the mildew. If you're still left with a lingering odor, but you are positive that you have killed all the mildew and gotten rid of it, get a small bowl or a cup and pour some vinegar in it, and let it sit in the bathroom or wherever the mildew was. Let it sit overnight, and that'll soak up any of the smell and get rid of any of the mildew smell that you have. If you're still smelling mildew, it may be because it's in your walls. In that case, you want to get a home inspection, and have professionals come out and check for it, because mildew that you can't get to and that you can't clean up can be a big problem. It can be a serious health risk, so make sure to get professionals to come in and take care of it at that point. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that's how you get rid of mildew odor.

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