Dresser drawer has strong fabric softener scent

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Posted: 4/2/2013 7:43:07 PM
DH is very sensitive to smells. I wash his laundry separately because he can't stand the scent of fabric softener or dryer sheets and I like a little lavender in mine. Anyway, he has been complaining that his pjs smell like fabric softener and we think it's coming from his dresser drawer. I guess the wood absorbed the fabric softener smell back in the days when I used it on his clothes.

I've taken everything out and rewashed without any scents. I've wiped down the drawer. I've sprinkled baking soda in the drawer. He still smells it. (I never could smell it, but my sense of smell is lacking.) I don't really have a safe place to air it out outside because we live in an apartment complex. Is there anything else that might remove any odors, even pleasant odors, from a dresser drawer?

I'm about to have to start hanging all his pjs in the closet and I don't want to lose the closet space.
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Posted: 4/2/2013 7:46:59 PM
I think if you just take the drawer out of the dresser and set it out in your apartment (somewhere you won't trip over it, of course) it will air out in a little while. I once received some very strongly cigarette-smelling paper products and just left them on an out of the way table for a while. They cleared up well enough for me to keep them.

You might also ask him if he can tolerate cedar, and throw a couple of cedar blocks in there.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 7:56:29 PM
Have you tried wiping it out with vinegar?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:02:37 PM
Could you try sealing the smell in by painting the drawers inside and out with Kilz?



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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:03:01 PM
Or you could buy a new bedroom set. LOL!



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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:07:13 PM
if the vinegar doesn't work, try charcoal....its supposed to absorb odors. also try to set it out in the sun. what about painting the inside of it with low voc paint?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:07:56 PM
I'd try wiping it down w/vinegar and setting the drawers out in the sun. That is what I did.

I bought an antique dresser that smelled musty. I used the method above, and it worked really well.

If that doesn't work I would try the cedar chips.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:12:31 PM
Thanks. I had wiped it out with vinegar but I diluted it quite a bit. I'll try again without diluting and air it out inside our apt.
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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:52:36 PM
Damp newspaper

Or

A paper bag of charcoal set open on the closed drawer

Or a bowl of vinegar

The charcoal can get rid of even strong cigarette smoke smell from an old book
So I'd say try that first


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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:04:08 PM

Try airing it out in your apartment untill the smell goes away. I bought an old trunk that smelled very strongly of mothballs. I left it open and after several days the smell disappeared.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 12:22:51 AM
Does the drawer actually smell? I don't use any kind of fabric softener but I've heard that it can leave residue on your dryer.
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Posted: 4/3/2013 12:32:33 AM
Ca angel, I can't smell anything. He says he opens the drawer and the smell overwhelms him. He said he could smell it when I emptied it to rewash his pjs.

I wash his pjs with nothing scented, no fabric softener, no dryer sheets. He says they're fine right out of the laundry. I put them away and then they pick up the smell from the drawer.

Weird thing is that it's just the one drawer. His socks and undies drawers aren't problematic.

Thanks for the ideas.
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Posted: 4/3/2013 12:33:20 AM
Due to DH allergies we only use free and clear products. They have no sent to them . i really do not miss the sent.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 9:40:13 AM
Put some crumpled newspaper in there and shut the drawer for awhile, that should help.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 9:59:07 AM
I'd wash it out with some strong ammonia water and then let it sit out empty for a couple of days.


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Posted: 4/3/2013 10:24:16 AM
Could you find a plastic tub to line the drawer?

Is it all of the drawers, or just the pajama one? Maybe you could swap drawers with him.







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Posted: 4/3/2013 11:07:21 AM
Try a product called "Fresh Wave". It comes in various forms including sachet pouches and spray. It has no scent but it absorbs odors completely. It is pretty amazing stuff.

You can buy it various places but I have definitely found it at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Whole Foods, Amazon, etc.
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