How to Disinfect Wood Dresser

Is your wooden dresser showing signs of wear and tear? Are you worried about bacteria, germs, or musty odors lurking inside? That’s why it’s important to clean and disinfect your pieces, especially if you’re repairing old furniture. We’ll show you how to disinfect wood dresser using a simple and natural solution.

Say goodbye to the gross inside and outside of your wood dresser and hello to a clean and refreshed furniture piece.

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Keeping your home clean and sanitized is important for maintaining a healthy living space. While we often focus on disinfecting high-touch areas like kitchen counters and bathroom surfaces, it’s important not to overlook furniture pieces, especially those with porous materials like wood.

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Wood dressers can be breeding grounds for bacteria, germs, and musty odors, considering how often we use them and put our stuff on them.

Cleaning products may be effective, but they often contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment. Thankfully, there is a natural and effective alternative – not only is this solution safe for use on furniture, but it’s also inexpensive, making it a budget-friendly option.

So let’s learn about this simple DIY solution!

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Preparing Dresser for Disinfection

Before you begin disinfecting your dresser, make sure to prepare it properly. Start by taking everything out and giving it a good vacuum to get rid of any dirt or dust that may have built up.

photo of removing dust on the inside of a drawer using a vacuum cleaner

Don’t forget to vacuum behind each drawer too, as that’s a spot where a lot of dust and junk can hide and grow. And if the drawer bottom is falling out you need to fix it – follow this guide on how to fix a drawer bottom that falls out!

Having a clean surface is important for effective disinfection. If the surface is dirty or dusty, the disinfectant solution won’t be as effective. So take a few extra minutes to vacuum and wipe down your dresser before moving on to the next step.

Creating the Disinfecting Solution

Now that your dresser is clean and ready, let’s move on to creating the disinfecting solution. It’s super simple, with just two readily available ingredients: white vinegar and water, making this an all-natural and non-toxic option.

To make the solution, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a convenient spray bottle. This way, you can easily spray and clean every nook and cranny of your furniture piece.

I personally don’t measure the ratio between the 2, but the more vinegar the stronger the solution.

Disinfecting the Wood Dresser

Start by spraying the solution on the inside of your dresser drawers. Make sure to reach all corners and crevices, since these are spots where bacteria can hide and multiply.

photo of spraying vinegar solution on the inside of the drawer

Use a clean cloth to wipe down all surfaces thoroughly. If you come across any stubborn stains or dirt, let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.

Now onto the outside of your dresser. You may be hesitant to use vinegar on finished wood, but don’t worry, it’s completely safe and won’t cause any damage, especially when mixed with water. Just spray the solution on a microfiber cloth and wipe down the surface gently.

photo of spraying vinegar solution onto the furniture
wiping the vinegar solution with a clean dry rag

Avoid oversaturating the wood and use a dry cloth to wipe off any remaining solution. This will prevent the wood from swelling or warping.

Extra Tips for Maximum Cleanliness

For extra measures, you can also line your dresser drawers with material to make it easier to clean in the future. There are many materials available in the market specifically designed for this purpose.

Not only will they keep your dresser protected, but they also add a nice decorative touch and even a pleasant fragrance to your furniture. If you want more details on choosing and applying drawer liners, check out our post on the best material to line dresser drawers.

photo of placing new liner onto the drawer

You should also consider what you’re storing in your dresser. Items that are dirty or damp can cause bacteria and mold to grow. Make sure everything you put into your drawers is clean and dry. It’ll help keep your clothes and belongings in a clean and healthy environment.

And if you’re going to paint your dresser, you can go ahead and clean it, let it dry completely, and then move on to painting. Here’s our guide on how to clean furniture before painting for more information.

Now your wood dresser is clean and disinfected! Maintaining a hygienic living space has never been easier with this simple and natural solution using just two ingredients you can easily find in your home.

By regularly disinfecting your furniture, especially wood pieces, you can effectively prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and germs.

Remember to also prepare your dresser properly before disinfection and consider adding drawer liners for extra protection, aesthetics, and fragrance.

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