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Ridding Mattress of Mothball Smell

A friend gave me her old mattress and box spring, which has been stored in a building filled with mothballs. I've been working on it for weeks now and still can't quite get rid of that nasty stench, and it's spread to my room! How can I get rid of it once and for all? Please help!


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July 16, 20170 found this helpful

Try putting some straight vinegar in a spray/mist bottle and spray the mattress and box springs well with it (on all sides). You may also want to invest in a plastic mattress pillow (like ama tress pad, but it also covers the bottom of the mattress as well--often people use it for keeping bedbugs out of mattresses. Try to either keep the windows open or a fan on in that room to help the smell escape outside.

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

Not-Out got rave reviews from Mary Hunt, and is available on Amazon.

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

1) Lay your mattress in the sun.
2) Spray it with Febreze until it is damp and let it dry. Repeat as necessary.
3) Use baking soda. Sprinkle a thin layer on your mattress, let it sit for a while and then vacuum it.

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

Of course, sunshine and fresh air are the best remedies but a mattress and box springs may be difficult to do this. If possible though, no matter what else you try, fresh air (open house/windows) is a good thing.
I would try to stay away from fine powders as these linger a long time and it is not good to breath these. Have you tried vacuuming your mattress (mattress will hold more odor than box springs)? Many of the bigger thrift stores use a steam cleaner (like is used on clothing - bigger one and not hand held) and this works pretty good. You just have to use it wisely and not soak the mattress and it takes a couple of days for it to thoroughly dry.


Tried everything? Sprinkle coffee grounds between the mattress and box springs. Newspaper is also good but it may leave news print/ink stains/smudges.
Nok-Out is really good but it is kinda expensive but it is probably worth it.

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