Moth Ball Odor in Blanket Chest?

How do I get rid of moth ball smell in a blanket chest? It is part cedar and part particle board. I did not want to damage the wood, so I have just been airing out the chest when the weather is nice.


By Donna

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August 10, 20110 found this helpful

Try a bowl of vinegar or coffee beans. The acidity should take care of the smell.

December 4, 20160 found this helpful

I've tried both and both worked for a while. Neither was a permanent fix. I've also tried kitty litter which was unsuccessful.

June 20, 20150 found this helpful

Pour some rubbing alcohol in a pump-type sprayer and mist the interior of the chest wait a minute and do it again, but this time wipe out the interior. Repeat a couple more times and stop for the day since you don't want to oversaturate it and also so you can check your progress in a couple days. If you have a place where you can put it in direct sunlight, place it there to dry. Drying it with a hair dryer works too (the heat helps it dissipate).


In between treatments, place a homemade deodorizer in the chest. Get some cedar chips from the pet store and also some activated charcoal. Mix together and put in an old stocking or two (easier than just dumping it in and taking it back out) and place your "log" in the chest and close the lid.

Repeat if necessary in a few days.

I had a chest that had a full box of mothballs PLUS a mothball holder (shaped like a daisy of all things) closed up in a chest for over 40 years. That chest took five treatments.

Actually, after the fourth I sanded down the interior and placed fresh deodorizer logs.

It smells great now. When the cedar smell starts to fade a bit I just scuff the inside lightly with a piece of sandpaper and it renews the smell. I have heard of people using natural cedar oil, especially if their piece wasn't solid cedar.


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