Removing Odors from Dresser Drawers. Darkness, lack of air circulation and being tucked away and out of sight are an ideal environment for odors to develop. Smelly dresser drawers can be caused by spills, substances transferred from clothing, bacteria, mold, mildew, fungi, insects and rodents. To get rid of really bad moldy smell in wood furniture (continued) – After you refinish the inside surfaces of your furniture, you might notice that the drawers stick and don’t slide smoothly (like an overly painted window frame). To make your drawers slide smoothly again, spread “bees wax” over the sliding surfaces to make it slip easier. Tip 6: After a good scrubbing, sometimes the wood inside the dresser drawers can become parched and thirsty. Feed them with a wood conditioner that smells pleasant. You’ll want to do this step after you’ve cleaned the drawers really well and allowed them to dry in the sun. Baking soda is an effective natural cleaner and deodorizer, Marla Garfield says in “Real Simple.” Sprinkle baking soda all over the dresser, including the surface and inside all the drawers. For example, if you’re working on a dresser you’ll need a bowl in each drawer. Close it up and leave it for at least a week. Probably two if you’re dealing with a more serious smell. Brand-new furniture drawers often smell like chemicals; everything from varnish to paint, stains and adhesives may be responsible for the unpleasant odors. While it takes time to remove the smells entirely, fresh air and a few natural odor-absorbing materials can get rid of a good deal of the stench. .
Similar to lava rock, activated charcoal briquettes can work well at absorbing difficult odors from wood drawers. Depending upon the size of the drawer, place one or two activated charcoal briquettes within the drawer and subsequently shut it. Older furniture can have a musty odor which in the case of a dresser can transfer to your clothing. This is a guide about removing odors from dresser drawers. Getting rid of that “old” smell. I didn’t see this in the Q&A so I’ll start a thread on the subject. I just bought an art-deco highboy dresser and need to know the easiest and best way to get that “old smell” out of it. .