How to Use Vodka to Remove Odor From Wood Furniture

Vodka is one of the most popular hard alcohols. However, it can be used for purposes other than drinking. 

Vodka happens to be a powerful way to remove strong odors. Because it’s a great sterilizer, it can kill many mold spores and bacteria that may be causing a piece of furniture to have a musty smell. Given that it’s completely clear, it can be applied without concern of staining the wood.

In this post, you will learn how to use vodka to remove odor from wood furniture.

Step 1: Prepare your vodka

You can use practically any type of vodka but it would be economical to purchase cheap vodka.

To apply the vodka you will need a spray bottle. Fill up the spray bottle with about half a cup of vodka to start.

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Step 2: Mist your furniture

Often, dressers or chests of drawers have a musty smell inside their drawers. Antiques and other old furniture can smell all over after years of absorbing moisture.

Spray any areas on the furniture that emit an odor. If drawers are the source of the smell, pull them all out and mist the insides with vodka completely. If the entire piece of furniture smells, mist the outside as well. 

You don’t need to go overboard, but misting the areas once or twice over is all that is needed.

Step 3: Leave the furniture to dry

No need to wipe the vodka off. It will naturally dry off on its own. Simply put the furniture in an area where there is good airflow- preferably outside. But if not, place the sprayed furniture or furniture parts by a window so that the vodka can evaporate.

After the furniture is dry, it should smell just like new.

Final words

Although spraying vodka is an extremely effective way to apply it, keep in mind that you can alternatively wipe it on the furniture with a cloth or towel. Simply soak your cloth in vodka, wring it out so it isn’t dripping too much, and wipe down the furniture. 

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