Keep Your Dresser Drawers Smelling Fresh With This Clever Baby Wipe Hack

Opening your dresser drawers to retrieve an item only to be blasted in the face with an abhorrent musty odor isn't anyone's idea of a fun time. Generally, we shrug our shoulders, pinch our noses, mutter "there's something wrong with this drawer," and move on with our day. But what if you didn't have to assault your nose every time you pulled out the drawer? Sounds magical, right? However, you can keep your dresser drawers smelling fresh by pouring a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a baby wipe.

But before you gather the ingredients and get ready to eliminate smelly odors from your drawers, it's important to find out the reason why your drawer is giving off the funky smell. The primary reason is a lack of ventilation. Moreover, if it's been a while since you last dusted the insides, dust bunnies might have set up shop and invited bacteria to the party, making your lips curl in disgust. Dirty clothes or items could be another reason. That being said, if the smell is really pungent, and you're dealing with humid weather, inspect the drawer for tell-tale signs of mold and mildew. If they're the culprit, clean them prior to employing any of the best ways to get rid of the mildew smell.

Use baby wipes and essential oils to get rid of smelly drawers

This hack is quite simple. All you have to do is grab a pair of scissors, unscented baby wipes, and your preferred essential oil(s). Once you have the items, take out a wipe from the box and cut it into neat squares using the scissors. Ensure the squares are big enough to resemble sachets (think the free version you get at stores) since a tiny square won't be of much help, and you'll have to use multiple to get the job done. Now, apply a few drops of the essential oil. Feel free to combine more than one scent for a unique fragrance. Finally, let the oils absorb and place them in your drawer to freshen up your musty drawer.

The hack works because baby wipes are water-based, so they readily absorb and diffuse the scent of the essential oil through the drawer, getting rid of the musty odor. However, there are a few caveats to this hack. One, you'll only want to apply a few drops of the essential oil to the wipe, or the smell can be overpowering, especially for a small dresser drawer. Saturating the wipe might also attract dark- and damp-loving mildew. Two, the hack works temporarily and will make your drawer smell nice for a couple of days, but ventilation and regular cleaning will help maintain a smell-free environment. Three, if the oil you use can stain fabrics, keep them away from the squares.