We have a chest full of stench!
November 5, 2009 2:44 AM Subscribe
We've inherited a wooden sea chest from 1827 along with accompanying provenance and documentation. That's the good news. The bad news is that it stinks.
posted by imjustsaying to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This beautiful antique chest was filled with old navy uniforms for at least 100 years, but also with moth balls.
When we open it, the smell of the moth balls is overpowering, to say the least. We've tried leaving it open outdoors for several days, putting trays of baking soda in it and closing it, and doing the same with vanilla extract.
Nothing works, although we have seen soem slight improvement.
Should we resign ourselves to never again being able to store anything in it?