If you're planning to use your attic for something other than storage, you need to know how to get the mothball smell out of the attic. Mothballs have been used for ages to keep cloth eating moths from destroying the clothes and furniture that people often store in the attic. While mothballs are effective for keeping your things from being eaten by bugs, they leave behind a smell that can infest an entire room and everything in it. Getting rid of the mothball smell in your attic will take a bit of time and effort, but when all is said and done having a fresh mothball free room will make it all worth it.
- Remove any furniture. Get any large pieces of furniture out of the attic and put them outside so that they can air out. The fresh air will help remove the mothball smell that has settled into your furniture while it was stored in your attic. The sun light will get rid of the mothball particles deep inside your furniture that is causing the mothball smell. Getting your furniture out of the attic will also give you more room to maneuver as you get the mothball smell out of the rest of your attic.
- Air out any clothes. The clothes that you have in your attic will retain the mothball smell just like the furniture that was stored with it. Air your clothes out along side your furniture so that the fresh air and sunlight will get rid of the mothball smell. If you don't want to put your clothes outside, you can put them in the dryer. Turn your dryer to its "Fluff" setting and put the offending clothes in the dryer with a dryer sheet. The mild heat from the dryer will destroy the particles of mothballs in your clothes that are causing them to retain the smell and the dryer sheet will give everything a clean fresh scent. You can also use chemical based fabric refreshers on your clothes to get rid of the mothball smell.
- Get rid of old mothballs. After you have gotten all of the furniture and clothes out of your attic, check for any remnants of old old mothballs. Get any old mothballs out of your attic and throw them away. If you don't get rid of the old mothballs you will not be able to get the mothball smell out of your attic.
- Air out your attic. Open all of the windows in your attic and let in as much air and sunlight as you can. Just like with the furniture and the clothes the fresh air and sunlight will help remove the mothball smell out of your attic. Try to air the attic out for a full day if possible. The longer you let the room air, the more likely you will be able to get rid of the mothball smell in your attic without using chemicals.
- Put activated charcoal in your attic. Activated charcoal are small charcoal discs that can be purchased at your local pet store. Activated charcoal works a lot like baking soda in your refrigerator. As the chemicals in the charcoal enter the air they will kill the elements of odor left behind by mothballs.
- Spray a fabric refresher. Fabric refreshers are chemicals that you spray on your fabrics to remove any odors that are in them. Spray your carpet, curtains or any other soft fabrics in your attic that weren't able to be aired outside.
- Move back in. Once you get the mothball smell out of your attic move all of your furniture back into your fresh and clean attic.