Activated Charcoal Removes Mothball Odor
Mothballs have long been used as a fumigant to drive off pests such as mice and silverfish, or to kill cloth-destroying moths and their larvae. Naphthalene was the most common primary ingredient of mothballs. Because of its flammability Naphthalene has been largely replaced with para-dichlorobenzene (p-DCB) – commonly used in urinal cakes for toilets. It also helps fight against moulds and mildew.
Both chemicals have a pungent smell, are highly volatile but will eventually evaporate away at room temperature. Naphthalene mothballs can take many months while p-DCB usually evaporates away within a month.
We have customers who have battled attic odors. In one case the homeowners had mice problems so the exterminators suggested mothballs. You guessed it. After driving off the mice the attic filled up with mothball odor which ended up permeating the entire house. Mothball odor is a common complaint for attics.
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How to Remove Mothball Odor
If you can, first remove the mothballs. Coconut activated charcoal will effectively remove mothball odor, but it will not entirely eliminate the odor until the mothballs have been removed or until they have completely evaporated away. The activated charcoal works by adsorbing the chemical odor to itself. As a mothball slowly evaporates away the charcoal will continue to adsorb the odor, but it has no effect on the mothball itself. Eventually the mothball will shrink away completely. Only then will the activated charcoal be able to capture the last remaining vapors and totally eliminate the odor. Finding and eliminating the mothballs as soon as you can will dramatically speed up the process.
Remember, the coconut charcoal will only absorb the odor, it does not get rid of the source. Only sometime after the mothballs have completely evaporated away, will the charcoal be able to eliminate the odor completely.
Whether it is attics and mice, sweaters in trunks, suits in garment bags, or cars in storage, the main solution to controling the odor of mothballs is coconut activated charcoal.
As a substitute for mothballs when storing clothing items maybe try cedar balls.
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