The most annoying thing about the house we just bought was the basement. It smelled musty. I’m sure it’s a common problem in 65-year-old houses with basements that are anything less than bone dry, but that doesn’t make it any more pleasant.
Our painter had a suggestion. Fill a big bowl with ammonia and put it somewhere that it wouldn’t get knocked over. He said it would absorb that musty smell very effectively.
So I went to the nearest store and bought a $1.25 bottle of ammonia, filled up three small bowls with it because that was what I had, and set them in the basement. The ammonia was a bit overpowering at first, but admittedly even that was an improvement. Then I came back three days later, and he was absolutely right. The musty smell was gone.
I must have put $20 worth of air fresheners in the last house to try to solve the very same problem, and not only was the ammonia faster and more effective, it was also a lot cheaper.
So if you need to freshen up a basement, listen to Kevin the Painter. Get a bottle of ammonia at the nearest grocery or discount or dollar store, pour yourself a bowl or two, and find a shelf to set it on. You won’t be disappointed.
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