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.
See the full story in the June 2020 Edition of Martha Stewart Living.