How do I get rid of the mothball (naphthalene) smell?

How to remove mothball smell? Mothballs help keep moths and other small invading insects away from closets, cabinets, drawers and clothing.

It is an effective product, but the smell of these small white balls is embedded in clothing, fabrics and furniture. Here are some tips and tricks to remove the smell of mothballs.

1. Remove mothball smell from clothes

A super effective and quick trick to get the smell of mothballs out of clothes is to toss them in the dryer.

  1. Place smelly clothes and fabrics in the dryer for 45 minutes.
  2. Run the dryer in the cold air position for this to be effective.

I tested this trick of the dryer set to cold air at home and it works very well on different fabrics and textiles impregnated with this bad smell of mothballs.

2. Remove the smell of mothballs in a safe

If you have inherited an old chest, it is very likely that it smells strongly of mothballs.

If the smell of mothballs is ingrained in the laundry box, here is what to do:

  1. Place a small bowl with vanilla essence inside the chest and close it.
  2. Leave on overnight and repeat until the smell is gone.

Using Baking Soda:

You can also sprinkle a large amount of baking soda inside trunk. The baking soda will absorb and remove the mothball smell.

3. Clothes and clothes that smell like mothballs

If you have just taken an old garment out of the closet or the linen chest and a strong smell of mothballs is emanating from it then it is necessary to ventilate, ventilate and ventilate again!

  1. Hang clothes on the clothesline all day to air them out.
  2. Wash the clothes in the washing machine with lukewarm water and re-hang them on the clothes line.
  3. Repeat the steps until the clothes and clothes no longer smell of mothballs.

4. Wash clothes that smell of mothballs with white vinegar

For clothes that give off a strong mothball smell, one solution is to clean them with white vinegar.

  1. Fill a basin or sink with an equal amount of vinegar and cold water.
  2. Wash and gently rub the clothes directly in the solution and leave to act.
  3. Rinse the clothes with water and then place them on the clothesline and repeat as needed.

You can also wash the clothes directly in the washing machine by adding white vinegar as a natural detergent.

5. What can I replace mothballs with?

If you are looking for natural products to replace mothballs at home then here are 3 that you can use:

  • essential oils
  • dried lavender
  • cedar chips

You can also purchase small cedar balls which are very popular for repelling clothes moths and giving off a good smell of cedar in closets, cabinets and chests.

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