Asked on Jun 21, 2020

How disinfect wooden drawer?

Morgan McBrideKathy Gunter LawHomeroad


UGHH - A mouse set up housekeeping and had babies in the bottom drawer of my buffet which I use(d) as a linen drawer!!

I took the drawer outside, dumping the babies and nest into a lidded trashcan. (Btw, they were about 7 of them, barely an inch long and pink. I did catch the parents and now have a mice-proof home.)

I trashed most of the linens, washing and re-washing family heirlooms.

But, please, how do I disinfect/sanitize the wooden drawer?

Else I will not be able to look at it, let alone put something else inside.


15 answers
  • Cynthia H
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Sadly, I have had to deal with something like this. Scrubbing it with disinfectant in every nook and cranny was my start. I sprayed disinfectant on every part of it. Then I dried it out in the sun. You could also lightly sand the inside of the drawer and disinfect it and dry it again. Then, I sealed the inside of the drawer with a clear sealer and I could use it again. Of course, I went overboard and did every nook and cranny of the entire piece, but, I was able to use it again. You could also use a white stain sealer like Kilz. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Scrubbing the drawer with a bleach solution should disinfect it.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Hi this is Peggy. So sorry you had a really bad time with the mice. Please be sure to fill every hole or tiny crack around your house and they can't get in. Hope this helps. You can also spray lightly with lysol . Good luck How do you disinfect a wood dresser?

    Start by:

    1. Taking the furniture outside (warm, sunny days are preferable)
    2. Place a bowl of baking soda in each section of the piece, including each drawer and cabinet, and leave it there for several hours.
    3. Wipe the entire piece down with a mixture one part vinegar, one part water, and a little bit of dish soap.

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  • Cindy
    on Jun 21, 2020

    I would scrub it with a bucket of warm water and a quarter-cup of vinegar and a squirt of dish soap. Do it outside and let it dry in the sun.

  • Redcatcec
    on Jun 21, 2020

    So glad you got rid of them.

    We have lived through a mice infestation, ugh. There were 7 of them and no babies.

    For your drawer, take it outside and wash with warm soapy water, I used Blue Dawn dish soap and then rinsed with clear water. Let it air dry to the point of being dry. Do not leave it wet very long, the water can warp it. Also, too much sun will do the same.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jun 21, 2020


    Scrub it out with water & disinfectant. Leave to thoroughly dry before lining with paper and replacing your linen..............

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Scrub it with soap and water, and dry it with a cloth when you are finished. I also spray mine with perfume from time to time. Keeps them smelling nice.

    on Jun 21, 2020

    Clean it well. Put it out in the sun on a dry day. And then maybe paint over the inside of the drawer to seal it and give you peace of mind.

  • Nan W.
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Hi! I had a similar problem and washed the inside of the drawer with bleach.

  • K. Rupp
    on Jun 21, 2020

    USE ODOBAN a deodorizer and disinfect.

    Also, if you want to redo the dresser because of all this, check out my Hometalk post.

    I don't know if you are dealing with a lot of odor too but this post is good when it comes to deodorizing and disinfecting due to animals.

  • Here's another thread that's similar. Perhaps there will be some additional suggestions. Good luck and I'm so sorry this happened to you.

  • Fr
    on Jun 21, 2020


    All the GREAT solutions - so many and so fast - floored me.

    I almost waited a couple of days to check for answers.

    This was my first post on here, although I have gotten their emails and used the site for serveral years.

    HomeTalk is THE PLACE for home advice.

    Definitely going to tell my friends and relatives who don't already know.

    Again, many, many Thanks!

    PS - Between the DISGUST and worry about warping or otherwise ruining the wood, I was not very hopeful. I really wanted to keep my beloved mom's buffet, especially since I have the entire matching dining room set - including china cabinet, table with expansion leaf and 6 chairs.

  • Homeroad
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I would use soap and water and lysol.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jun 22, 2020

    OdoBan will disinfect and add a pleasant smell.

    Hydrogen peroxide will disinfect as well.

  • Morgan McBride
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I'd use white vinegar

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