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Ooo, That Smell - Living Lightly
A year of living slightly differently
Ooo, That Smell
I live in an older apartment. As a result, it seems that there's this smell that just won't go away. An older, almost musty smell that I'm not sure what to do with. It's strongest in my cabinets, but no amount of sprinkling baking soda is making it go away. It's much, MUCH better than it was when I first moved in, but I still walk in noticing it after I've been gone a few hours.

So! I was to know, ladies and gentlemen, if you have any ideas of natural air fresheners that I can keep in my cabinets (and maybe just use around the place). I have a cat, so I don't want anything that could make her sick.

Honestly, I've thought about just getting some kind of small decorative (but living) tree for my apartment. I've wondered if maybe bringing a little oxygen producing freshness might help the air quality? What do you all think?

If you have ideas other than air smellies -- maybe if you think just an air filter would help, let me know.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. :)

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From: raspberrytue Date: April 3rd, 2007 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't get a fern :) Get A Ficus. Those are nice. :P
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: April 3rd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Plants will help but you need to consider all factors. What area are you in? Specifically, how humid is it? What is the building made of? Is there carpet? What could be growing in the walls or behiind the walls?

Sunshine and fresh air are the best possibilities for drying out and eradicating must and mold.
fiddledragon From: fiddledragon Date: April 3rd, 2007 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Any amount of airing out you can do will be good. Also, scrubbing all surfaces with vinegar and leaving little dishes of vinegar out will remove evil smells. Of course, this will make your apartment smell like vinegar for a while, which may or may not be better.

Plants *definitely* help. Spider plants are supposed to be particularly good for air quality, and have the advantage of being nearly impossible to kill. I have lots of spider plants. I don't know whether they help the air quality more than any other plant, but they at least make the place look friendlier :-)
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