How do you get mildew smell from bedroom dresser drawers?

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My son is home from college for the summer and we are going thru the clothes in the dresser in his room and the clothes have a mildew smell? I know vinegar works with mildew but how do you remove it from the wood in the dresser?
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  • Leslie Long Leslie Long on May 19, 2014
    Best thing you could do is take the drawers out and put them in the sun. Vinegar will help so spraying them is a good idea :)
  • Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy on May 19, 2014
    My dogs got sprayed by a skunk once and then ran in the house. EVERYTHING smelled "skunky, even inside the dressers. I put charcoal in bowls in the drawers and cabinets and it absorbed the odor. Also, you might try baking soda. It works in the refrigerator.
  • Debby Debby on May 19, 2014
    SPRAY THEM DOWN W A CITRUS OR VINEGAR WASH, DRY THOROUGHLY. THEN PLACE IN SUN. THEN TAKE PURE VANILLA ON DAMP SPONGE AND WIPE DOWN AGAIN. ALLOW TO DRY. PLACE A COUPLE BRIQUETTES IN A CUP OR CEDAR SHAVINGS(PET STORE) TO HAVE LONGER LASTING EFFECTS. OR DRIED LAVENDER SACHETS.
  • Brenda Brenda on May 19, 2014
    Place a layer of baking soda in drawer, leave overnight and then vacuum.
  • Lynn Rainsford Lynn Rainsford on May 19, 2014
    scrub with vinegar, put in sun, I put a cup of coffee grounds in after this, and smell was gone
  • Laura Havlick Laura Havlick on May 19, 2014
    Baking soda absorbs odors. I would clean it out well, with bleach perhaps or vinegar, and dry it, put in sun, and then powder with baking soda for a few days and then put upside down to get the baking soda out.
  • Lori Snarski Lori Snarski on May 19, 2014
    Regular white (clear) vinegar in a spray bottle, mist in drawers, let air dry out of dresser. Once dry, line the drawers with regular black and white newspaper (not the ads) and add a few pieces of charcoal to the drawers and put back in the dresser. Should absorb all your odors. Good luck!
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