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Use peppermint, lavender or lemon essential oil instead of vanilla extract to absorb musty odor.
Don't use bleach to kill mold and remove the odor as it will cause discoloration of the fabric or wood on the jewelry box.
Any porous or organic surface exposed to prolonged periods of moisture is subject to developing mold. Organic or natural materials create a conducive environment for mold growth when wet. A jewelry box made with natural materials, such as wood, fabric or velvet, is a prime candidate for mold growth under the right conditions. To get rid of the musty odor inside your jewelry box, you must get rid of the mold spores, too.
Lay a towel in a sunny location outdoors or by a window. Set the jewelry box on the towel and prop it open.
Leave the jewelry box open and in the sun for at least 60 minutes. The sun kills any mold or mildew present while the fresh air helps to deodorize the box.
Moisten a clean sponge with undiluted white vinegar. Squeeze out excess moisture.
Sponge the interior and exterior of the jewelry box with the vinegar to kill any remaining mildew spores and remove the stains. Rinse the sponge as needed. Apply more vinegar and continue until the materials on the jewelry box have been cleaned.
Dampen a cotton ball with one or two drops of vanilla extract. Place the cotton ball inside the jewelry box and close the lid. Leave the cotton ball inside the box for 24 hours to remove any remaining musty smell.
- University of Missouri Extension: How to Prevent and Remove Mildew -- Home Methods
- University of Kentucky: Odors: What's That Smell?
- Mother Earth News: Greener Cleaners -- 5 Ingredients for Non-Toxic Cleaning
- Good Housekeeping: Get Rid of Mildew -- Fast!
- Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things; Editors of Readers Digest
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.