Martha Stewart Living – Ask Martha, How to Get Rid of Mothball Odor?
I purchased an old dresser that smells like mothballs. How do I get rid of the odor?
—Deborah Amato, Media, Pa.
The cause of that stubborn and pungent scent is one of two pesticides:
naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. “They work by transforming from
solids into odorous vapors,” says Kari Warberg Block, founder of
EarthKind, a company that makes plant-based bug deterrents. The gas
particles get embedded in the grain of wooden furniture, imparting an
enduring stench. Warberg Block suggests these methods for banishing it.