Steamer Trunk With Mothball Smell

I have an old "steamer" style trunk. It belonged to my mother and even though it hasn't had moth balls in it for over 30 years it still stinks! I use it for some storage, but had not gone into it for over a year, and was just overwhelmed by the smell. I do have cedar chunks in there and have tried Fabreeze but to no avail. If I can't get rid of the smell I am going to have to get rid of it and I don't want to do that. Any suggestions?


November 22, 20040 found this helpful
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To remove any smell the best thing I have found is baking soda. Sprinkle it on and let it sit. You may have to repeat several times.

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November 22, 20040 found this helpful
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1. coffee grounds

2. charcoal

3. kitty litter

4. newspaper

Leave in for as long as it takes.

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November 22, 20040 found this helpful

charcoal briquettes work really well. I used them to get the odor out of a freezer that had sat idle for 3 years and it had no smell about about a week.

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November 23, 20040 found this helpful

Thank you all for your suggestions! I will try them and post how it worked in a couple of weeks!


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September 5, 20081 found this helpful

I used coffee grounds. Just pour the coffee grounds right from the can onto a large piece of saran wrap. Believe it or not it does work.

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June 23, 20160 found this helpful

I will try this.

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