Nothing's worse than finding the most amazing piece of furniture at a thrift store — and on further inspection you get hit in the face with the overwhelming smell of mildew.
I recently passed up an awesome military trunk for this very reason. Soon after that loss a friend tipped me off to some very easy and successful ways to rid furniture of the funk. Now I can freely go shopping with an open mind and an open nose.
Here are five helpful tips to musty funk-free furniture:
Murphy's Oil Soap:
The miracle product wins again. Just follow the directions and go to town.
Charcoal is a wonderful odorless filter. Just places briquettes or bags of small pieces (from aquarium stores) in the furniture for 1-2 days and let it do its thing. When finished, just store the charcoal to be re-used at a later time.
Ground dry coffee is a great odor remover. Place it in bowls for 24 hours to allow it to absorb the odor.
This well known odor remover has been around for ages. Just grab an opened box for a few days and you should be good to go.
Natural clay kitty litter is another inexpensive odor absorbing option you can try. Fill a few bowls with the litter and let it sit for at least 24 hours.
(Image: A very un-funky Vintage Wood Trunk from the Marissa Rocke Etsy Store)