B.W. asks from West Olive, MI on December 07, 2007
I was given a cedar chest by my GMIL. It reeks of mothballs, I have tried letting it “air out” but it just won’t get any better. I would like to use it to store blankets, but not smelling like that! Does anyone know how to get the smell out?
M.M. answers from Casper on December 08, 2007
Wipe down the inside with a vinager rag. Let dry and then throw some newspaper in there. They will soak up the smell.
Luckily, it's a cedar chest. If nothing else, use sand paper to take off the first layer of the inside! It should smell like fresh cedar again!
C.B. answers from Green Bay on December 08, 2007
I've seen skunk oders removed by using a combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, but I don't know what that will do to the wood. If you mixed it in a sprayer, sprayed it on and then left it open to evaporate, it might help the smell a bit.
L.S. answers from St. Cloud on December 09, 2007
Placing a bowl of charcoal briquettes in the chest for a while "MAY" help. I have used this on things like smells in refridgerators at it seems to work well to absorb oders. Not sure if it will work in the chest or not but sure can't hurt it. Good luck.
B.S. answers from Great Falls on December 09, 2007
Try a light sanding to release the oils in the cedar lining. Remember to sand with the grain only and very lightly.
J.M. answers from Des Moines on December 07, 2007
Typically, you wouldn't need mothballs in a cedar chest...so maybe it wasn't an actual cedar chest just wood..if not cedar, try a bowl of baking soda to see if that will absorb some of the mothy smell...Then you may have to seal the wood.
Once you get the smell out, you have to get some of the cedar chips to put in a corner.
A.M. answers from Boise on December 08, 2007
Have you tried cedar blocks? you can buy them pretty much everywhere in the closet/storage section of Target or Wal-mart. Also you might try cinnamon sticks or sachet bags of potpouri. Hope this helps:)
G.K. answers from Lansing on December 08, 2007
Try putting baking soda or a few dryer sheets in it.