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Removing Mothball Odor from Washing Machine

Category Odors
Mothballs
The odor of mothballs can be very pervasive and has a long hang time. Washing items stored with them can transfer the odor to your washer. This is a guide about removing mothball odor from washing machine.
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May 24, 2017

I have moth ball odor in my washing machine. I need a remedy.

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May 24, 20170 found this helpful

Vinegar is a known odor remover. The vinegar odor won't last.

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May 24, 20170 found this helpful

I second the vinegar. Add some baking soda.

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May 26, 20170 found this helpful

dilute a vinegar with water and take a cloth and soak it in the diluted vinegar and wipe it to your washing machine and when dried up, the moth ball odor will be gone...

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May 29, 20170 found this helpful

Clean it, then leave it open to air out good.

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September 17, 2007

I washed clothes that had been stored in mothballs and now my washer smells like them. How do I get that smell out? I have tried lots of stuff without success. Nothing is working.

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September 18, 20070 found this helpful

Spray a rag with pan coating oil. Wash it in your washer, because you need the oil to collect the mothball substance. You could even wipe the insides of the washer with oil first. Be sure to use enough detergent to get the one inch of suds after two minutes of agitating.

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November 13, 2015

How do I remove mothball smell from the washer?

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