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How to get musty smell out of a chest of drawers

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you purchased an old dresser from a flea market, have inherited a set of drawers from someone else or have stored your own dresser in a damp area such as the basement or garage, you are often left with an unpleasant musty smell. If you do not remove this smell, and instead use the chest of drawers to store clothing, the clothing itself will absorb the musty smell. It's crucial to deodourise the drawers before using the piece of furniture.

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  1. Open all of the dresser drawers and leave open for 24 hours.

  2. Fill small bowls with 60 ml (1/4 cup) of baking soda. Place one small bowl inside of each drawer. Close the drawers and let sit overnight. The baking soda is a natural odour absorbent.

  3. Pour 240 ml (1 cup) vinegar and 240 ml (1 cup) water into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the inside of the drawers and leave the drawers open to air out. The vinegar will eliminate any remaining musty odour.

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Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Bowls
  • Baking soda

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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