Asked on Sep 11, 2015

How to remove an odor from old dresser

Linda Scally
by Linda Scally
I have an old dresser that has an odor caused from water damage. Does anyone know how to remove it?
  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 11, 2015
    Try putting a box of baking soda or an order eater container .Let sit for a few days and see whats happens. You may have to repeat the process.

  • Deborah Deborah on Sep 11, 2015
    place a bowl of vinegar inside and leave it there for awhile. It will smell a little like vinegar for a bit but it will usually get rid of the mildew smell and then fade away.

  • Trixie63 Trixie63 on Sep 11, 2015
    I've had luck with on certain pieces and fails with others but after a gentle cleaning try placing it outside in the sun. Fill the drawers with newspaper and place bowls of kitty litter or charcoal in with the newspaper. Leave out all day and it may take another couple days. Spreading a thick layer of baking soda on affected area has worked for me as well. Another option is to seal it with poly or paint. Good luck!

  • Suzie Henderson Suzie Henderson on Sep 12, 2015
    Crumple up newspaper and fill the drawers loosely but full. Leave it a bout a week. The smell will still be there when you open the drawers...but not after you remove the newspaper! The smell goes in the trash bag with the paper. Works with cat pee...should work with mildew.

  • Laurie Writer-Frank Laurie Writer-Frank on Sep 12, 2015
    I might try Febreeze, spraying it in the drawers. Also might try washing everything down with Lisol to kill any mold/mildew that is around. I am intrigued by the newspaper idea!!

  • Jenilee0491 Jenilee0491 on Sep 12, 2015
    I've used vodka to remove a musty smell! It worked. Bought a cheap bottle to have on hand!