There is a distinct "woody" sort of smell from newly purchased wooden cupboards. Is there a way to remove it such that when I open the cupboards, I will not smell this distinct sort of "woody" smell?

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    If you don't like the smell of wood, you're on the wrong site ;)
    – Tester101
    Dec 23, 2011 at 15:12
  • What's wrong with the smell of wood? Dec 23, 2011 at 20:01
  • @Tester101, I don't mean that I don't like the smell of wood but the wooden cupboard "woody" smell very weird as it don't smell like a "pure" wood even though it is a wooden cupboard. Dec 27, 2011 at 3:20

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It's like new car smell and will go away on its own over time. While you can mask the smell with air freshners, there is nothing I am aware of that will instantly remove the smell. Keeping the doors open for a while will help speed up this process.

Baking soda (like how you'd use it in a fridge) might help a bit too.

  • Newspaper and brownpaper bags are also helpful with odors. Lining the shelves will help, too.
    – Amanda
    Oct 25, 2012 at 19:03

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