Asked on Feb 22, 2020

How can I clean out musty odors from furniture and clothing?

Nan W.Agnes ChrzanowskaAdrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome
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I have some clothes an dressers that have been a building that been closed up for 5 years. There is smell on them an need ideas to get rid of the smell. They are good clothes an dressers hate to throw them out. I did the vinegar an hot water still got some smell.


14 answers
  • Try baking soda along with your detergent or oxygenated bleach for the clothes. Here's a link that has several ideas for the dresser:

    https://www.attagirlsays.com/how-to-get-gross-smells-out-of-old-furniture/

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Feb 22, 2020

    Hi Doris, sorry you are having problems getting the closed up smell from your clothes. Hanging them out in the fresh air and sunshine will help too. Good luck Search Results


    Featured snippet from the web

    For lingering odors, soak the stained clothes in cool water with one cup baking soda for at least four hours or overnight. If the baking soda doesn't remove the heaviest odors, fill the washer with warm water and add one cup of household ammonia. Soak for 2 or 3 hours.Nov 15, 2019


    How to Remove Tough Odors From Clothes - The Spruce

    www.thespruce.com › ... › laundry › laundry stains & odors


  • Dee
    on Feb 22, 2020

    For lingering odors, soak the stained clothes in cool water with one cup baking soda for at least four hours or overnight. If the baking soda doesn't remove the heaviest odors, fill the washer with warm water and add one cup of household ammonia. Soak for 2 or 3 hours.

    Let dry in sun if you can.

  • Gk
    on Feb 22, 2020

    It may take a few washings to get the smell out. Vinegar does help. Sunshine and fresh air does wonders!

  • William
    on Feb 22, 2020

    May take a few washings of the clothes. Add some essential oils. For the dressers if all else fails you can seal the odor in with shellac.


    How to Eliminate Odors in Wood


    Your best hope for sealing in any odors is shellac. It makes an excellent barrier coat over all wood species, and it sticks to almost anything. Zinsser makes a great product for this purpose, called Bullseye SealCoat. It’s a clear dewaxed shellac that you can apply to those drawer interiors easily with a brush. It dries quickly and should help to diminish mice, mildew, musty, smoke, urine smell. And since it doesn’t contain wax, you can apply other finishes like lacquer or varnish over it — they’ll stick just fine. SealCoat is also handy to have around the shop as a general purpose wood finish and sanding sealer. So, I’m sure you’ll find other uses for what’s left of the quart you buy.

  • Linda Sikut
    on Feb 22, 2020

    Hi Doris,

    I've successfully used baking soda to remove odors. I put warm water in the washer along with a cup of so of baking soda. Then add the clothes and let the washer start long enough to make sure everything is wet. Then turn the washer off and let the clothes sit for a few hours. The baking soda will soften the water and remove the odors. I hope this helps. Wishing you the best.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Feb 22, 2020

    Hello. I agree with recommendations for clothing listed above.


    Additionally for the dresser


    This resource Stinky Dresser Makeover | Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer link appears has that answer. I hope this helps.


    https://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/stinky-dresser-makeover/

  • Redcatcec
    on Feb 22, 2020

    Baking soda in water does an excellent job of removing stubborn smells. Soak them overnight in your washer with 1 cup baking soda, then launder as usual. If at all possible air dry them. Repeat if the odors linger. Fresh air is a miracle worker with odors.

  • Flipturn
    on Feb 22, 2020

    Some of the above answers address the clothes, and others the dresser drawers. Would you say the main dilemma is the smell that is still lingering in the clothes, in the drawers, or both?

  • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
    on Feb 22, 2020

    I use a cup of baking soda in with my clothes, let sit over night then launder as usual. Hang on clothes line if possible.

  • Hi Doris - Sometimes it takes several washings with vinegar and hot water. You can try hanging the clothes outside as the sunshine will help. I had a similar circumstance and I was able to get the majority of the funk out, but not all. Hope this helps. You've got some great advice on this one. Hugs, Holly

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Feb 27, 2020

    I would wash your clothes and add a fresh coat of paint or stain to your dresser

  • Nan W.
    on Feb 28, 2020

    Doris: for washables, soak ini Oxiclean overbite. Then you might want to add a few of these to your storage space:


    https://www.amazon.com/OLIVIA-AIDEN-pack-Natural-Freshener/dp/B01N7NHVZK/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=charcoal+deodorizer&qid=1582906651&sr=8-3

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