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Date: 7/7/13 12:46 PM

I've got an old dresser at our river cottage that Daddy refinished years ago. I really love it...small, simple and perfect for the spot it occupies. It has developed a really nasty, musty odor. Everything in the drawers absorbs the odor too. The cottage stays closed up for weeks(or months)at a time. Even though we leave the heat or AC on, it is set at it's lowest/highest when we leave. I've seen were some have suggested leaving furniture with mothball odors, out in the sun. Is there something other than leaving it outdoors, that will help rid the odor.

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Date: 7/7/13 1:02 PM

I had this problem with an old chest of drawers and solved it with the old wives trick of putting a saucer of ordinary, unused ground coffee in each drawer.

It worked very well! But that may have been because the stink wasn't too bad, or because the wood was fairly light and porous.

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Date: 7/7/13 3:29 PM

Elona, that is a great idea. I was thinking baking soda, but I might try the coffee grounds first.

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Date: 7/7/13 4:18 PM

Since the cottage is closed up for weeks/months, the coffee may be a temporary fix. You might need paint or finish all unfinished surfaces inside the dresser.

Personally, I think the mothballs would be as bad as the musty smell.

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Date: 7/7/13 5:01 PM

It sounds like you need to use something to absorb all the humidity in the cottage on an ongoing basis. I think some type of dehumidifier would be helpful to use when you leave.

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Date: 7/7/13 6:25 PM

I might try doing something with the inside of the drawers. It does still have unfinished wood in there. The humidity is not quite bad enough for a dehumidifier. We keep the AC set to come on and it keeps things from getting too hot. I've never been a fan of Murphy's oil soap, but was wondering if that might help.

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Date: 7/7/13 6:27 PM

When I want to absorb odors in the bathroom or kitchen I just leave out a saucer of vinegar for awhile.

I don't see how it could harm the wood, if each drawer had it's own saucer of vinegar, it might work.

It is not unusual for wood furniture to develop funky odors.

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Date: 7/7/13 6:41 PM

My first thought was baking soda .. but I have to wonder surely there is something out on the market for this J.. in fact maybe some potpourri bags .. something like that.. And I would give it a good airing outdoors asap..

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Date: 7/7/13 6:43 PM

I've used a number of methods to remove musty wood smells due to humidity.
-Dehumidifier is best
-Damp Rid works well, but must be drained and you may need one per drawer (?!?)
-Wash wood with an oil soap.
-Wash wood with natural orange cleaners
-If unfinished, a light sand and seal/finish it
-Open containers of vinegar (be careful you don't spill)
-Open containers of loose carbon/charcoal. Buy a bag cheaply at a garden center, not a fish/pet store.
-My mom sweared by scented sachets. Lavender was her favorite.
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Date: 7/7/13 7:42 PM

There just might be such a product!

In our local Sunday paper, there is a columnist who normally writes about finance, but today it was about Nok Out (nokout.com) NAYY which apparently is no fail for removing odors even that have been there ages. It has no harsh chemical nor does it leave behind a scent of any kind. A little pricey but I am going to send away for some given the issues I have with asthma.

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