How do I get rid of the cedar smell in my cedar trunk?

by Hut23941319
Tried a bowl of baking soda, left newspapers for a week in it to absorb the smell, brought it outside for a few days for some fresh air.
Any ideas? It’s for sale if I can’t get the smell out! Lovely vintage trunk!
  8 answers
  • Thelma Thelma on Apr 04, 2018

    You will not get rid of cedar smell but great storage for wool and sweaters. I envy you.

  • May I ask why? People buy them to keep items moth free and for the pleasant scent.

  • Dfm Dfm on Apr 04, 2018

    some are sensitive to certain scents...yup cedar does not have a good scent according to my nose...

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Apr 04, 2018

    Hello! If storing your regular wardrobe in the cedar chest, the cedar smell can be overwhelming. To get rid of it, apply sealant to the interior of the chest – that should do it! Your local paint supply store or home store carry sealants. You can even order them online. Good luck!

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Apr 04, 2018

    Cedar is to keep moths out of your sweaters and wool clothing. The scent is a part of the process.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Apr 04, 2018

    In some parts of world/country, real cedar wood is quite rare, and people pay extra money for it especially because of the unique cedar smell. If you do not care for it, my suggestion is to sell the cedar chest to someone who is seeking its natural properties, and put your earned money towards a storage unit of you choice.

  • DD DD on Apr 04, 2018

    2 coats of shellac should work but make sure that the 1st coat is completely dry before you do the 2nd coat

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 08, 2018

    I'm confused--- isn't that the reason for a cedar chest? The cedar smell repels moths and other flying critters.