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Stinking drawers - please help!

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jumpingjackhash Sun 05-Jun-11 17:51:25

I've just taken delivery of a beautiful antique chest of drawers, but they really smell (smokey smell)!

I've left them open to air for a couple of days, wiped the insides out with warm soapy water (only used a little, don't want to damage the wood) and they still smell. I've tried scented drawer liners, but they're just adding to the smell with the fragrance of an old lady's handbag.

Please, please, please can someone suggest how I can get rid of the smell so I can put my clothes in and not smell like an old-lady-tramp when I put them on?!

Many thanks!

whomovedmychocolate Sun 05-Jun-11 17:58:34

Vinegar, baking soda, lemon oil. In that order of attack see here

jumpingjackhash Sun 05-Jun-11 18:28:12

Brilliant - thanks whomovedmychocolate, will put some baking powder in each drawer to start with! I knew a MN-er would be able to help!

PigletJohn Sun 05-Jun-11 18:44:17

I have a vicorian dinner table that my great-aunt used to keep in the kitchen where she boiled fish for her cats.

I asked an antique restorer who told me that (as well as sponging it with a barely damp cloth and immediately rubbing dry) I could clean it with White Spirit on a rag, because it was French Polished, which dissolves in meths (not in white spirit). This will strip off any wax polish as well as dirt, you might need to polish it again afterwards. Obviously try it out on an unseen part like a leg.

She was not keen as it removed all the patina (posh name for old dirt and polish) that marks a true antique, but it did the trick.

OsbegaEthelwulf Sun 05-Jun-11 19:51:43

Use bicarbonate of soda ...NOT baking powder

Cutiecat Sun 05-Jun-11 22:45:51

Could you Febreeze the wood? Check the bottle first as I am not really familiar with this product.

jumpingjackhash Sun 05-Jun-11 23:15:11

Bowls of bicarbonate of soda (not baking powder!) in there now. Hopefully they'll do the trick!

OsbegaEthelwulf Mon 06-Jun-11 06:19:57

I would scatter the bicarb into the drawer itself rather than in a bowl; will be much more effective

OsbegaEthelwulf Mon 06-Jun-11 06:23:11

oh and see if you can get hold of some cedar wood ball/thingies once you have hoovered out all the bicarb wink as this works very well in drawers and cupboards rather than scented liners. NIce clean natural smell as opposed to perfumey/old ladies handbag

ceres Mon 06-Jun-11 09:08:20

i think vinegar would be more effective than baking powder for this.

just put bowls of white vinegar in the drawers, close and leave for a couple of days.

jumpingjackhash Mon 06-Jun-11 11:47:55

OK, will conduct experiment - bowl of bicarb in one drawer, scattered in another, vinegar in another! wink

Will try the balls once the whiff has gone, thanks OsbegaEthelwulf

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