Trapped inside the limited confines of wood walls, odors in drawers have nowhere else to go. From hidden treats that someone has forgotten about to that musty old wood smell common in antique furniture, smells in wood drawers can be problematic and sometimes unhealthy. If the wood has been exposed to moisture, the smell may be a result of mildew, which can also damage the wood. Cleaning the drawer is a vital part of getting rid of these unpleasant odors.
Things You'll Need
- Wood soap or laundry detergent
- Clean cloth
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Empty out any contents within the drawer and set them aside. If the cause of the odor is in the drawer remove it and discard it immediately.
Mix wood soap or laundry detergent into warm water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing wood soap with water. For laundry detergent, mix 2 tbsp. of detergent per 1 qt. of warm water.
Sponge the soapy water into the drawer, making sure to get into all the cracks and crevices. Use a small brush to get into hard-to-reach areas.
Wipe down the inside of the drawer with a clean, wet cloth to rinse away the soap.
Set the drawer outside in the sunshine to dry and air out. A cool, dry place is a safe alternative if you can’t set it outside.
Allow the drawer several hours to make sure that it is completely dry before putting it back into the furniture it came out of.