Asked on Jul 11, 2018

How to get rid of smell in old wood drawers?

E s desannaKelly-n-TonyNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


3 answers
  • Wipe them out with vinegar. Place baking soda, newspaper or coffee grounds in the drawers.

  • Kelly-n-Tony
    on Jul 11, 2018

    I know there are lots of suggestions out there but I've struggled with this myself and nothing worked. I'm at the point I considered painting the dresser inside and out to seal it.

  • E s desanna
    on Jul 11, 2018

    I had this problem with a vintage dresser. It did not have a musty old smell, but the drawers reeked of perfume. I tried soap & water, then vinegar, then baking soda, coffee grounds, sitting in the sun. None of them worked. Finally, I coated the drawers with a layer of shellac. It goes on easily, dries quickly, leaves no odor of its own and has not lost its sealing power for 8 years, so far.

    • Susan
      on Jul 12, 2018

      Thank you! I tried all the other options to no avail. Will now try the shellac on my parent's 85 year old dresser.
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