I need help! You gals are so resourceful, I thought I might ask here for ideas!
The dresser that I put baby's clothes in is unfinished pine. Now all of her clothes smell like a tree!!! I have no idea how to get the pine smell out of the drawers. They have been airing out in the sun and wind for 4 days now and they smell just the same. I tried wood soap today, and I don't think that has helped either.
I don't want the little lady to smell like a pine tree :(
Any ideas? People are saying dryer sheets and the such, but I really don't want to introduce harmful chemicals and scents into her wardrobe! Maybe some essential oil dropped on the wood? Anything but pine.
Have you considered just finishing the dresser with stain and polyurethane? That would definitely hide the pine scent. This of course would be a job for DH though.
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baking soda in the drawers might help... I know it absorbs odors but I don't know if it would be strong enough. Otherwise if you can stick it in the hot garage for a few days to bake the smell out.
My husbands a cabinet maker, he said the pine scent should go away in a month or so...but fastest and best way would be to finish it with a water based (safer) polyurethane sealer or a low VOC paint. He said there are a few environmental/people safe(r) stains and finishes at home stores, but even those will have a scent for a few days. He made our dresser/changer and used a water based clear coat, but I kept it in the garage a few extra days to dry more and then put receiving blankets down before the clothes and stuff.
Still, pine is better than chemicals. That's why I liked the thread title, aww pine tree baby :)
Thanks for the tips ladies! The outside is painted... so I think we're gonna try painting the inside too and letting that air out for a while. I really like the idea of lavender sachets in the drawers and line them with receiving blankets or fabric.
I re-washed all of her clothes and they are temporarily stored in a laundry basket! Not my idea of clothes storage ;)