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Mothball Smell Out of Cedar Chest

We received a family cedar chest that can't be used because of an awful smell of mothballs. Why would anyone put mothballs in a cedar chest anyway? Does anyone know of a good way to get the smell out of the cedar?


Lisa from Michigan


baking soda

I would first place a couple of opened boxes of baking soda in the cedar chest, close the lid, and leave it for a few days. Then take sandpaper and sand the inside of the chest. This revives the cedar scent. The sanding also works well for cedar lined drawers, paneling, cedar blocks, etc.

KC (12/01/2000)

By admin2

Mothball Smell Out of Cedar Chest

I think the sanding idea will be very effective. Also, consider putting dry coffee grounds in the chest. The more the better. (09/10/2005)

By Paula in GA

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