Musty smell

What does mold smell like?

There are thousands of types of molds, but not all smell the same.

Mold  Smells

It’s hard to know if what you smell is mold if you don’t know what mold smells like. Some mold can smell more earthy while others smell like sweeter.  Smells can be masked, harmful health effects cannot.  Here is a list of smells to help you identify if the smell you have is mold.

  • Musty or earthy smell like rotting wood, dirt (common with black mold)
  • Wet socks
  • Cheese (sharp, cheddars, etc.)
  • Pungent
  • Moist
  • Rotten vegetables
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Musty smell