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« on: October 16, 2006 08:48:49 AM »

My husband and I recently picked up a dresser from the curb that someone was throwing away.  It very closely resembled a dresser we already had, so we thought we'd give it a shot.  Well, shortly after we got it home, we found out that it smells like cigarette smoke.  Angry

We tried airing it out.  Then I sprinkled baking soda in all the drawers and on top and aired it out.  It still smells like smoke.   Angry

I'd really like to keep it because it's in good condition, but if we can't get the smell out, we'll have to throw it out.  Any other suggestions before we kick this to the curb?
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2006 01:40:41 PM »

I took some newspaper sheets, lined the drawers and poured approx a cup of no-scent cat litter in each drawer and then covered the entire piece with a bed sheet.

Being perfectly honest I walked off from my previously owned dressed for about a month (finals craziness ensued) but when I got back to having time to work on the dresser, it didn't smell.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2006 01:45:11 PM »

You coul;d sand & refinish it if you want a project! I had a thrifted chair that smelled and I washed it a bajillion times and sprayed it with febreeze and eventually it was better, but still faintly smoky.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006 05:36:00 PM »

Cat liter works for taking smells out of just about everything from wood to Tuppeware.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2006 07:17:36 PM »

you mean if I buried my beautiful second hand wool coat with the fur collar with kitty litter it would have worked to get rid of the smoke smell and saved me 39.99 in dry cleaning?  Why didn't I find this five days ago??
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2006 01:09:49 AM »

You could try placing small bowls of vinegar in each drawer, leaving them closed overnight then giving the whole thing a good scrubbing with a vinegar/water mixture.  Or, were you going to refinish or repaint the dresser?  If so, by stripping it you'll probably get rid if most if not all of the smoke smell since you'll be taking off the oily nicotine residue.  Good Luck!
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2006 05:50:32 AM »

Good news!  We tried the cat litter and the smell has gone down considerably!  In fact, it's almost all gone.  =)  We're going to leave the cat litter in just a little longer to see if we can get rid of the last of it.

We're actually not going to refinish it because it already matches another piece of furniture we have (which is why we picked it up in the first place).

Thanks for the cat litter suggestion, gals!
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2006 05:29:29 PM »

Cat liter is the best !!  You could also try putting a fabric softner sheet in each drawer.  That will take out the last of the odors.
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2006 10:32:29 AM »

wash the outside  with a  mix of half vineger & hot water out side.. as soon as the vinegar dries the vinegar smell will be gone... i had to this to walls of a an apartment i rented cuase of the renters before us smoked & after that it faintly could smell it... then we used candles & incense & you couldn't smell it after that at all ...
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