How to Get the Smell Out of a Cork

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • Container with lid

Cork material is also used in the construction of bulletin boards.

If you've ever popped a cork out of a bottle of wine, you may have enjoyed sniffing the wine's aromas that were clinging to the cork. However, you might want to save the cork as a collector's item or reuse it in another bottle. In these situations, you may not want the cork to retain its smell. Cork is a porous material that you can clean and deodorize using a common, inexpensive household item.


Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a container. Vinegar is a gentle yet effective odor neutralizer.

Step 2

Place the cork in the container with the liquid solution.

Step 3

Place the cover on the container to seal it.

Step 4

Wait for one hour.

Step 5

Remove the cork, rinse it and allow it to air dry in the sunshine. Sunlight also helps to deodorize and disinfect.



Charlotte Johnson

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