My vintage dresser drawers smell of mothballs. What will remove odors?

I have washed, used scented drawer liners. talc etc to no avail. Is this smell permanent or is there a way to remove it?
  10 answers
  • Sandy Kluver Gomez Sandy Kluver Gomez on Nov 23, 2014
    The dresser is wood with dovetail work & I really want to keep it but because of this odor we haven't used it. We stored it for some time but the odor persists. Help?!? I bought it used so it came this way....
  • Kathleen Gray Pagnozzi Kathleen Gray Pagnozzi on Nov 24, 2014
    I have found results with paint. Many times I have had to paint the inside of drawers to remove the old odors. If you live in sunshine, you could put them out in the sun. I have heard this helps.
  • Karen Cederquist Karen Cederquist on Nov 24, 2014
    Ran the inside of the drawers with baking soda. Do not dilute it, just sprinkle on a wet cloth.
  • Suzanne Suzanne on Nov 24, 2014
    I have used shellac before and it works great. Just paint the inside of the drawers with it. It may take a few coats but it works.
  • Peg sweeney Peg sweeney on Nov 24, 2014
    Leave a bowl of baking soda in the draw for at least 24 hrs
  • Diane McGowan Diane McGowan on Nov 24, 2014
    Remove draws and sprayi all the inside with a solution of half n half white vinegar and water leave draws out until all is dry
  • Dale Dale on Nov 25, 2014
    I have heard if you buy fresh lavender and lay inside each drawer, leave it there until it dries out. After its dried, remove and it's said to take out the musty smells of old furniture and i would think I'd be worth a try for mothball smell. Couldn't hurt and inexpensive cost and labor wise.
  • Sandy Kluver Gomez Sandy Kluver Gomez on Nov 25, 2014
    Thank you all for the tips...since it is winter almost I will try spraying w/vinegar solution & the baking soda afterwards....I urgently need the storage space. If this does not help then I will do the other...we grow lavender but unfortunately it is all dried but will use it next year. Thanks everyone!
  • SK on Elderberry SK on Elderberry on Jan 20, 2015
    I have used Febreze with great luck. Hope all works out for you I know how precious storage is. ps I grew up near Othello. sk
  • Pamela Langone Pamela Langone on Jan 20, 2015
    take a piece of charcoal put in each drawer for a couple days. Then remove it. Its suppose to remove all strange odors