How do you get rid of the smell of mothballs? One of the most successful methods for ridding the mothball smell from clothing is to soak the affected garments in a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Alternatively, put the clothes in the washing machine and run a cycle using only vinegar; follow up with another wash cycle using detergent and softener.
How long do mothballs scent last? One mothball in open air takes 3-6 months to dissipate entirely. If you place the mothball underneath clothing or otherwise not in open air, it will take up to 12 months to completely dissipate. The mothball smell stays in your home for months or years after dissipating.
Are mothballs toxic to smell? Are mothballs toxic? The chemicals in mothballs are toxic to humans and pets. People are exposed to the chemicals in mothballs by inhaling the fumes. If you smell mothballs, you are being exposed to these chemicals.
What is the fastest way to get rid of mothball smell? Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and use it to either spray or wipe down wood furniture before allowing the surfaces to air dry. Then, if that piece of furniture has drawers, shelves, cabinets, or any enclosed spaces, place a bowl of coffee grounds or baking soda inside—both of which absorb odors.