Vinegar Use #12: Defunk A Musty Closet

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Oh, vinegar, how I love thee.

Many of you are like me in that you want to save $$$ when cleaning your homes, while keeping thangs as non-toxic as possible.

Enter the magic of vinegar.

I’ve used this trick for years.

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Defunk a Musty Closet:

#1) Using a bowl plastic bowl that comes with a lid, pour approximately 1/2 – 1 inch of vinegar into bowl.

I typically have 9% acidity vinegar on hand, but you can totally use 5% vinegar.

Defunk a Closet

#2) Poke holes into the plastic lid with a sharp tool.

This will allow the vinegar to zap offending odors.

Defunk a Closet

#3) Secure lid on bowl and make sure you snap it tight.

Defunk a Closet

#4) Place in secure closet location, out of the way of children, pets and anyone in your family who has a reputation of clumsiness (Oh Hai, Mrs Tucker!) and say goodbye to musty dusty smells.

You can use as many as you need, depending on closet size.

Defunk a Closet

The only thing left to do is put a reminder on your calendar to replace the vinegar as needed.

You are now free to defunk your closets, save some dough and pat yourself on the back for being green.

Whether you spend the savings on a new pair of shoes, kiddie toys or cupcakes is totally up to you.

You’re a green saving machine; you totally deserve it.

P.S. You can do this in your bathrooms, bedrooms, garages, and kitchens, too.

Doesn’t matter where you use it – it works.

Just be sure to be safe and put the containers out of the reach of kiddos and pets.

Vinegar is an amazing defunker.

Get to defunking ALL YOUR ROOMS today!




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  1. I will definitely try this! I had the vinegar out yesterday doing the microwave steam cleaning trick. I won’t say that it needed it but Grampy asked if I got a new microwave! I love vinegar tricks. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sally Kabak says

    Thanks for the tip. I have a friend who owns a rather large golden retreiver. Her car smells of dog to get rid of the smell she put apples in her car. Now it is sweet smelling.

  3. I didn’t even know vinegar came in different strengths. I think this is a good idea, but my “bull in the china shop” husband would find a way to spill it.

  4. I do have one funky smelling closet and I use vinegar for everything! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Vinegar is definitely magical stuff!

  6. Great post. A friend recommended your blog. I will be back for sure!

    I am giving away a set of Ball Canning blue pint jars on my blog right now, I hope you’ll stop by!

    Fresh Eggs Daily

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      A friend recommended my blog?! YES! Tell your friend that is the best thing I’ve read all day! Oh, sorry. Where are my manners? Thank you! I’ll pop on over.

  7. It’s amazing what you can do with vinegar! I’ve tried this and it really DOES work!

  8. Bonny @ says

    I’m going to try this in my laundry room because it often gets that musky smell after my kids throw too many icky socks or wet towels in there. Thanks!

  9. Great idea! I was just cleaning out closets yesterday and told the hubs we needed to get something to “de-must” them. 🙂 Will try this for sure!

  10. Vinegar is indeed a wonder; now that I’m in spring cleaning mode, you’ve reminded me to grab it out of the cabinet.

  11. This is a pretty cool tip. Thanks so much. I have places to put such a thing for sure. Linda

  12. Good tips! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Lisa Newlin says

    I never would have thought to put it in a container with holes in the top! I would have just spilled it all over and then had to research how to clean that up.

    FYI: I’m visiting from the blog hop. 🙂

  14. This is great. I have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing at this weeks Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great weekend.
    Debi and Charly

  15. Vinegar is a must have in all homes I think—SOOOO many uses!!!

  16. Linda@With A Blast says

    What an excellent tip! I will definitely try this – thank you 🙂

  17. Hi there! Stopping by from Just Us Four’s 4/19 linky party – so glad to see another use for vinegar. I use it a lot to clean – kids and juice spills are abundant – because it cuts the grime and breaks down any residual sugar before it becomes a “yuck” spot on the floor. Will definitely be trying this out since the master closet could use a bit of freshening. 😀 Take care and thanks for sharing!

    ~ SherryO @


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