Remove the clutter from your basement. Donate items you no longer want to Goodwill or another charity, or have a yard sale. Sweep and vacuum the floors. If your vacuum has an attachment, use it to remove any cobwebs that are hanging on the ceilings and in corners. Wipe down the walls with a mixture of mild dish-washing liquid and warm water. Wash the floors with the same mixture and allow the basement to dry thoroughly. If the basement has a musty odor, thorough cleaning should get rid of it. Clean up any mold or mildew. Run a dehumidifier in the basement for several hours.
Walls and Flooring
An inexpensive way to brighten up your basement laundry area is to paint the walls. A light, cheery color such as yellow or pale apple green can add an airy, inviting feel to your laundry room. You can also paint concrete basement floors. Once the concrete has been painted, allow it to dry completely and then apply two coats of approved sealer.
Once your basement laundry room has been cleaned and painted, you will need to add the necessary items to make doing laundry easier. Put in a workbench, a small table or unused floor cabinets to use as a folding table. You can paint it to match the walls. Attach shelves to the wall to store your laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Install a metal bar or small PVC pipe, equipped with plastic clothes hangers, high on the wall for a place to hang drip-dry clothes.