The bad smell and the humidity in the closet and wardrobe are unpleasant situations that at some point have to be dealt with. Either because the material with which they are built is worn, or that the water has filtered, in short, there are several factors that can cause this annoying inconvenience. You can remove the bad smell and humidity both in the closet and in the cabinets with a natural and inexpensive ingredient.


How to remove odor and moisture

But it is good to know that there are home techniques to remove the bad smell and prevent the clothes from acquiring an unpleasant aroma, today the best tips are shown to leave these areas of the home without a bad smell and rid them of humidity.

Why do you get damp and bad smell in the cabinets?

The best way to combat this problem is by providing it, it is useless to put into practice all the tricks that are learned if they are not avoided in time. Perhaps solving some of the following reasons will prevent you from having to start the process over.

  • It is proven that small rooms with little or no ventilation are more prone to humidity. And unsurprisingly, places like the bed, closet, and shoe rack tend to suffer from odor. If this is the case, it is recommended to keep the rooms open at least two or three hours a day, try to avoid wetting the floor or clean twice a day.
  • The bad smell and humidity are not only in deteriorated houses , in the houses of recent construction this problem can also be noticed, what is more, in them it can be seen accompanied by mold due to the type of construction material. Building a house with premium materials is expensive but effective in combating these details.
  • In wooden houses, the problem in question is frequently seen, especially when it is low-quality wood and not suitable for certain areas of the house. The problem of mold and mildew is a constant in this type of house . To combat it, ventilation must be increased and the surface should not be kept wet. You can use the silica gel bags to remove moisture in drawers and smaller areas.
  • The bad smell is basically preceded by microscopic fungi . These usually stay in dark and humid places. If you have built-in wardrobes, it is important that at least once or twice a year they detach from the wall for a complete cleaning and prevent their proliferation.

Remove bad smell and humidity with rice


It is curious that rice and its properties can combat the bad smell and humidity of the cabinets and the like. However, its main benefit is in its texture as such, it is a grain that can easily absorb liquids.

Its functionalities as an external absorption agent are diverse, one of the most used is the one used when a mobile phone falls into water, it is common in these cases to hear the advice that it be immersed in rice. But more classic still, it is the advice of the grannies when they say that adding grains of rice in the corners of the closet is the best way to avoid humidity, what if it works? Of course!

But it is not only the fact of adding rice where we want, you must also know how to do so that the process eliminates the bad smell and humidity. Here are a number of tips that should be implemented immediately if this problem has been detected.

  • You should buy or make fabric bags (not synthetic) and try to leave an opening that is handled with a tape.
  • When you have the sachets, you should add approximately 40 g of rice.
  • Now the bags are placed between the clothes or hung on the racks.
  • The wardrobe should also be placed on the floor and in the corners, as this is where moisture begins to accumulate and later the bad smell.
  • After about 15 days, the rice bags should be changed in order to completely eliminate the bad smell and humidity .

It does not matter what type of rice is used, in this case its absorbent property is what is of interest, nothing more. The sachets can be reused after they are washed, otherwise they could be counterproductive since the bad smell adheres strongly to certain types of fabric.

Effective tricks to eliminate bad smells in the closet


  • Before being stored, you should try to completely dry items such as sheets, towels and all kinds of clothing.
  • If the shoes or clothes are dirty, they should not be stored with the rest of the accessories, it is better to wash and dry them beforehand.
  • Do not over-compress all accessories and clothing. The bad smell in the closet and closet appears when not enough ventilation is received.
  • Try to ventilate all areas of the closet at least once a week.
  • If the bad smells have already appeared, you can also combat them by adding a bowl of lemon juice. It can be hung where the bad smell is identified and continue until it disappears.

Removing the bad smell and humidity from the closet and cabinets with rice is cheap and fast. But other beans can also be effective, such is the case with ground coffee. Another foolproof component is baking soda. If you have other tips, tell us and share your advice with us.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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