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Old 06-01-2009, 07:24 AM
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How to get "old" smell out of cupboards?

We've moved into an old house. While it has a lot of charm, the kitchen cabinets have this "old" smell in them to me.

The smell isn't from being dirty or moldy...etc and it's not from food. I scrubbed them when we moved in so I know that they are clean.

Any suggestions on what I could use to get rid of the smell? Is there a natural herb or spice that I can use? I don't want to use something that shouldn't be used around food.

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Old 06-01-2009, 08:13 AM
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Tami

Very good point about the food and the smell too.

Do you have a health food store in the area? Vanilla Beans would work, also cinnamon sticks, Dried Basil, Apple Mint dried (lay flat outside in the sun and put in a canning jar. Open boxes of baking soda set in the cabinet. Also dried lavender. Open a jar of cloves. Dried lemon and lime peels. All of those can be dried outside on a cookie sheet in the sun or use a food dehydrator.

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Great ideas...

I was wondering if an unwrapped bar of soap would help.

Also, what about citrus oil, sprayed or wiped on the shelves and cabinet doors, sides and back?
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Tami if you fill a dish with boiling water and drop in a piece of charcoal it will remove the smell...this also works good in the freezer or pantry...

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Old 06-03-2009, 03:23 AM
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I too live in a old house 1949 and I was puzzled about why the cabinets might have that "old" smell. I ask my friend Neal who makes kitchen cabinets and he said there could be a underlying factor behind those cabinets, that at some point maybe there was water damage in the wall behind the cabinets.

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I would say an open dish (or jar with lid on and a large hole in the middle) of vanilla or eucalyptus oil. Leaving the cupboards open as much as possible to just air.
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I know that placing baking soda does help the smell of oldness...
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Have you tried cleaning them with Murphy's oil? This stuff is amazing!
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i too have old cubbords and the only way i could get rid of the smell is get peal and stick floor tile (dollar store) line the shelves with that and paint the rest and it got rid of the smell and the tile makes it easy to clean
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