5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of That Damp Basement Smell

The damp basement smell, which is caused by mold and mildew, is a horrible thing. You can get rid of it without resorting to chemicals, instead using simple items from around the house.

Clean It Out

Clean everything out of the basement and put it the backyard. It is quite a job, but you’ll get rid of old carpet and cardboard that’s contributing to the damp basement smell. Once the old smelly things are removed, you’ll have bare surfaces that you can clean.


Vinegar will get rid of most mold and mildew. The scent will clear in just a few minutes. You can pour it on areas with heavy mold buildup, then scrub hard to remove most of the traces.

Lemon Juice

Mix lemon juice with water for a strong, sweet cleaning solution. It can not only tackle many forms of mold, but it will also clean unaffected areas and take out the damp basement smell, replacing it with a natural lemon scent.

Baking Soda

Spreading baking soda over an affected area will soak up the damp basement smell. Be aware that you’ll still need to clean the area.

Soap and Water

Finishing up by cleaning with a good natural soap and water will remove the last remnants of the mold, which will take away the damp basement smell permanently.