Removing Moth Ball Odor

I’ve received a number of questions from readers who need advice on how to remove moth ball odor from baby clothes, sweaters, and other clothes stored in the pesticide. People have tried baking soda, white vinegar, as well as many days of fresh air, and nothing seems to work.

I posed the question of how to remove moth ball odor to an indoor air quality listserve I frequent, and one professional carpet cleaner observed that for reasons nobody quite understands, although possibly because of natural ozone, placing carpets (and presumably other items) outdoors in the sun for as many days as is necessary, will remove the smell of moth balls. Note that she claims that using commercial ozone machines inside will NOT do the trick. You might try placing the clothes outside in the sun every day (bring them in at night) until the smell is gone. Note that even if the odor is removed it doesn’t mean there isn’t still residual moth ball chemical on the cloth.

By Annie B. Bond

31 comments

Shanti S.
S S.3 years ago

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Terry V.3 years ago

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KS Goh4 years ago

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