How do I get rid of mold and the mold smell?
Step 1! Everyone will tell you this. Everyone should tell you this. Deal with the moisture coming into the home first!
The following is an extensive list of products to help with mold and musty smelling houses. Ours is a seasonal place on piers above a dirt crawl space. It is by a lake which means the humidity level is always high. Mold LOVES humid environments.
Here is a batch of products that have helped us a great deal. We have used each and every one of them. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.
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Ozone Generator. I bought an Ozone generator after a couple of people suggested that I get one. Read up on these items. The science seems to make sense in how it kills active mold spores. Not only that, it is a relatively inexpensive item. For about $70 it was worth a try. I have absolutely noticed a difference in getting rid of the lingering smell in our cottage.
Odo Ban Cleaner. I use this as an additive to when I am cleaning/wiping things down. It has been around for years.
Damp-Rid (great for small spaces with little to no air flow). We use these under beds.
Under House Fan. If you have a dwelling that has limited airflow in a crawl space order under the home, this will help to always keep the air moving.
Gable Fan. As you can tell, air flow is key. I have this gable fan in the attic that runs when the temperature reaches a certain level. This acts to cool the house and keep fresh air moving in.
Passive Inlet Wall Vent. This helps to allow fresh air into a buttoned up space.
Air Freshener. Not so sure about how much these ‘purify’ the air, but they can sure help to make sure a place can smell nice.
Dehumidifier. Can’t go wrong with a good old Dehumidifier in a space. This one is WiFi enabled so that you can check in on it and control it remotely. I pipe our directly outside so that it can run beyond a single tank. This is perfect for our sunroom that is slab on grade.
I hope that these products are helpful to someone. They have helped me in a variety of ways and to a varying degree. I have to say, once getting rid of our water source, the best product has been the inexpensive Ozone generator.