*Update* The answer to the Mystery Friday post was “airing out their pits.” I hope you were able to figure that out.
I searched online for ways to get smells out of wood dresser drawers and got several interesting answers:
To absorb odors, leave ____ in the drawer:
- BBQ charcoal (unused of course)
- Crumpled newspaper
- Baking soda
To remove odors, clean with a ____ and water mix:
All of those are relatively easy fixes, but I tried something else. I read that smells dissipate from wood if you leave them to warm in the sun for a day or two. For full disclosure, I also washed them with soap and water and finished them off with a little sanding. Not for the odor, but because the contact paper left a sticky residue. I was hoping the soap and water would do the trick, but aged contact paper is quite a sticky situation. I smelled the drawers after I washed them, but they still smelled like a thrift store shirt. I left them to dry in the sun for a half a day. Next, I did a quick sand to get rid of the residue. I forgot to conduct a smell test in between, but they no longer have a distinct smell. I’m not sure if airing them out or removing a layer of old wood did the trick, but now they smell as good as new.
Here it is aired and sanded.