Ugg. That dingy furniture smell. Here is how it might go…

You found the perfect piece of furniture.

The measurements are exactly what you need for the space.

It needs some help, but you like the challenge. You’re feeling excited and inspired.

Then it happens. You open the drawers and the smell hits you like a ton of bricks.

Can you relate? If not, this will happen one day and now you will know exactly what to do.

You probably already have the supplies on hand.


Here is what you will need:

  • 1 old stinky piece of furniture
  • white vinegar
  • saran wrap
  • a bowl per drawer
  • a fork or other sharp item to pierce the saran wrap. Make wise choices with your sharp item of choice, please.

From here, it is super easy.

You will pour your vinegar into a bowl. Pick a bowl big enough but not too big to fit in your drawer. This piece is actually two big drawers. So I pulled two old bowls out of the cabinets and filled them with vinegar.

Next, you will wrap the saran wrap around the top of the bowl and poke holes in the top.

Now close the drawers and wait. I think I left the bowl in there for about two days. It was Christmas break and just don’t ask me to remember details like that when we aren’t on a schedule.

I forgot to add tire pump and cute assistant to the supply list, but it helps.

I did end up painting this piece and lining the drawers with removable liner, but I’m happy to report that there is no trace of dingy smell anymore! 🙂

Joyfully Restored