I have a townhouse with a basement, with a family that is quite comfortable (not humid, not too dry, not too warm, not too cold), and a laundry room I use for laundry, and for storage of paint, etc., camping equipment, scrap wood, scrap metal, etc, and I have a work bench with a couple power tools.
Under the work bench is an old wood dresser. The top drawer is for tools, which do very well there, don't rust or anything.
The bottom two drawers I have just stored carrying bags of various sorts, usually that I got for free, made of canvas, vinyl, leather, etc. Nothing expensive, unless it is quite used. But I like having a bag for every purpose.
These two drawers have been musty for more than a decade. Is one particular material in the drawers likely to be responsible for the musty smell. It infects everything, and when I actually wanted to use one of the bags, it smelled too bad to use in public.
Maybe I shouldn't have, but I've kept the two drawers closed almost all the time, and nothing else in the basement smells like this. Nothing else smells bad at all. In fact, on a couple occasions I leave the laundry in the dryer, still slightly wet, and it doesn't even mildew. The first time it was there for 2 days, and the second time for 5 days. The dryer is on the opposite corner of the laundry room from the dresser, but it's still not very far.
I've run out of space in the house, and have to use one or both drawers for tool storage. (I avoid buying big tools, but I've needed a lot of small tools for various projects.)
I would like to sort out the bags that can be made to smell good from the ones that are doomed. Most can't be washed, although some could be put in the dryer. What I would probably do is wait till summer and put them out in the hot sun. The heat and UV do good thigns.
But how would I get the smell out of the drawer, and how could I put these things back in the other drawer without them starting to smell again? And could I do this in the winter?
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