Removing the Source
Mix 8 to 10 tbs. trisodium phosphate with 1 gallon warm water in a bucket.
Dip a sponge or scrubbing brush in the solution and scrub the entire wooden trunk thoroughly to remove any mildew or grime. Don't over wet the wood.
Place the wooden trunk in a well-ventilated place to dry, preferably on a solid surface outside in the sun.
Removing the Odor
Pour 1/4 cup vinegar into a small bowl. Set the bowl in the trunk for several hours to neutralize odors.
Dip a cotton ball in vanilla extract and place the cotton ball in the trunk. As the alcohol in the extract evaporates, it will eliminate the smell.
Spread activated charcoal on a tray and place it in the trunk for several days. Remove the charcoal and discard it.
Things You Will Need
- Trisodium phosphate
- Sponge or scrub brush
- Small bowl
- Vanilla extract
- Cotton ball
- Activated charcoal
- Mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist conditions. Store the wooden trunk in a dry, cool location and check it periodically.
- Paint the inside of the trunk with a mildew-resistant paint to minimize future problems.