Going over to your closet to get dressed, you open the doors and are assaulted with a foul stench.
Closet odors can be a nasty problem.
Since closets are confined spaces even the faintest odor producing source can create a terrible stench over time, and the smell gets on everything.
While the temptation may be to spend the rest of the day naked there is something you can do about closet odors.
It is important to consider the cause of your closet smells.
Closets are dark places and musty odors can develop even at normal temperature and humidity levels, especially if clothes or linens are not completely dry when they are put away.
Items stored for long periods of time are particularly susceptible, and the scents that are absorbed by clothes can remain on them like an aromatic stain even after several washings.
Other sources might be sweaty gym shoes, kitty litter, There are literally hundreds of sources of closet odor that fall into two categories "latent" odors, and "continuous" odors.
With latent odors the source of the stench is no longer present and they can be remedied with intensive cleaning.
This would include that unidentifiable noxious smell left by a previous owner.
Other examples include mold, pet odors, spoiled food, or mothballs.
If the smell is new keep in mind it could be the sign of a leaky roof or siding and investigate accordingly.
First take everything out of the closet.
All items will need to be thoroughly cleaned.
Wash clothes in warm water and repeat if necessary.
A solution of ½ cup of vinegar, and a ¼ of baking soda mixed with hot water should be used to cleanse all surfaces in the closet.
Bleach is not advisable since it will leave a pungent odor all its own.
Leave the closet empty and the door open for several days to dry out.
If you store a lot of shoes, dirty laundry, or cat litter in your closet you will be dealing with continuing source odors.
Initially a thorough cleansing of the closet may be required, but it may not be possible to eliminate the source odor.
Here you will need something to absorb the odors before they build up, or create a path for them to escape.
Placing cups of vinegar, perfume, dryer sheets, or baking soda around the inside of the closet is great for this.
Sprinkle anti fungal powder or baking soda in shoes.
Alternatively you dangle a sachet of volcanic crystals or perfumed cotton from clothes hangers.
Another great way to keep clothes smelling fresh is to use wooden hangers made of cedar.