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How do I get the mothball smell out of a cedar chest?
Set the cedar chest outside, open it, and let it air. Do not do it inside Mothball out gassing posses a health risk. Thoroughly air out any items stored in the chest.
If your cedar chest as the unfinished cedar boards inside, you can lightly sand them to bring out some fresh cedar aroma.
I would try taking a box of baking soda and pour it in a cake pan and sit it in the cedar chest and close it up for a few days.
I SOLVED it!!!
You really do need to sand out the inside of the box.
Then vacuum out all the filings.
I then took it outside and let it sit in the direct sunlight for a couple of days.
I placed the box in a place where the afternoon sun beat right down into it for a good long while.
Next, I bought some Cedar Oil (you can also purchase it in a spray form, which is what I did because I am lazy). I sprayed the living-daylights out of the interior of this box and then I closed the lid and left it alone for about two weeks. After that, I did a test run with some linens and set them in there for another two weeks.
No Mothball stink!