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New wood furniture brings with it a "new wood smell." Initially, the smell of new wood furniture is appealing, but it soon gets old and intrusive. In fact, the smell from your new furniture can give you a headache and even worsen your allergies. Since it takes time for the new wood scent to clear, you'll need to use the right household supplies and techniques to hasten the neutralization process without ruining your new furniture.
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Ventilate the room affected by the smell. Keep fresh air circulating by opening windows on both sides of the room to promote a cross breeze for a few hours every day. The new wood smell will eventually dissipate.
Sprinkle baking soda into the drawers, cabinets and surfaces of your new wood furniture to absorb the smell. Allow the baking soda to sit overnight, and vacuum the powder the following day.
Wash the surfaces, drawers and cabinets of your new wood furniture with a cup of white vinegar combined with a gallon of hot water. Dip your clean cloth into the bucket of solution to squeeze out the excess liquid before starting so you don't saturate the wood. The vinegar deodorizes and neutralizes odors while leaving a clean scent behind. The white vinegar smell will weaken after a few hours.
Place charcoal briquettes in the drawers and cabinets until the smell from your new wood furniture fades. In addition, place small charcoal-filled bowls throughout the room to further eliminate odors.
Spray a household odor neutralizer throughout the room where the new wood furniture is, as well as in cabinets and drawers of the furniture. Spray the neutralizer onto floors, walls and window treatments as well if they are affected by the smell.
Fill small bowls with vanilla extract, and place them in the room with the wood furniture.
Burn a few scented candles to eliminate the smell from new wood.
Extinguish the candles when you leave the home or when going to sleep to avoid a fire.
Call a healthcare provider if you get sick from breathing the fumes from your furniture.
Meadow Milano has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, with extensive experience in emergency nursing, labor and delivery and general medicine. She has written numerous articles for nursing publications pertaining to health and medicine, and enjoys teaching in the clinical setting.