How to Get Wood Smell Out of a New Dresser

Updated February 21, 2017

A new dresser can give off a strong smell of wood, varnishes and sealants, which then ends up in your clothing. Although these odours will eventually disappear over time, you can speed up the dresser's process of getting rid of its new wood smell. Eliminate or minimise the wood smell of a new dresser with the use of a few common household items over the course of several days.

Remove the dresser drawers, and leave the dresser and drawers outside for several days in the sunshine. If this is not possible, open all the windows and doors in the room where the dresser is located for at least a day to rid the dresser of its new wood smell.

Plug in an ozone generator next to the new dresser, and leave it on until the new wood smell disappears.

Seal any unfinished areas of the dresser, such as drawers and the frame, with low-odour polyurethane. Brush on the finish, and let it dry with the room's windows and doors open.

Peel off the backing of sheets of drawer liner paper, and line each drawer once the polyurethane has dried.

Place a sachet or dryer sheet in each dresser drawer to mask any remaining wood smell.


You can also wipe orange oil on any unfinished dresser surfaces to get rid of a wood smell; however, anything that you store in the drawer may smell strongly of orange oil.

Things You'll Need

  • Ozone generator
  • Polyurethane
  • Paintbrush
  • Liner paper
  • Sachets
  • Dryer sheets
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Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.