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How to Kill a Smell in the Wardrobe

Wardrobes, also known as closets, may develop unpleasant smells from certain phenomenon, such as mold, mildew or pet stains. Such smells can transfer onto clothing, shoes, accessories and other items unless physically removed from the wardrobe.

Protect clothing by keeping wardrobes odor free.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cloth
  • Plastic container with lid
  • Screwdriver
  • Activated charcoal
  • Sachets
  • Dried lavender
  • Baking soda
  • Pantyhose
  • Cedar chips

Wardrobes, also known as closets, may develop unpleasant smells from certain phenomenon, such as mold, mildew or pet stains.  Such smells can transfer onto clothing, shoes, accessories and other items unless physically removed from the wardrobe.

Many commercial odor removers only cover up or mask smells instead of completely eliminating them.  Using common household items purchased from supermarkets and hardware stores help thoroughly kill or remove smells from the wardrobe.

  1. Remove all items from inside the wardrobe and launder them as directed along with 1 cup of white vinegar. Add the vinegar before the rinse cycle.
  2. Wipe the wardrobe’s doors, walls and shelves with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. Let the vinegar dry.
  3. Punch several holes into the lid of a plastic container using a screwdriver. Fill the container with activated charcoal and place it inside the wardrobe for 24 hours to remove odors. After 24 hours, remove the charcoal and place all items back into the wardrobe.
  4. Fill sachets with dried lavender and hang them inside the wardrobe to prevent odors from returning. Replace sachets monthly or when the lavender loses its potency.
  5. Tip

    Hang activated charcoal or baking soda in pantyhose along with cedar chips to remove odors. Fill the pantyhose with charcoal or baking soda and tie the end closed. Place the pantyhose in the wardrobe for 24 hours.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cloth
  • Plastic container with lid
  • Screwdriver
  • Activated charcoal
  • Sachets
  • Dried lavender
  • Baking soda
  • Pantyhose
  • Cedar chips

Tip

  • Hang activated charcoal or baking soda in pantyhose along with cedar chips to remove odors. Fill the pantyhose with charcoal or baking soda and tie the end closed. Place the pantyhose in the wardrobe for 24 hours.

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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