Mothball Odors

How to Remove Mothball Odor with Nok-Out or SNiPER®

Mothballs are solid pesticides that are used to protect your clothes from hungry moths and other insects. The active ingredients are either Naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, which are petroleum based. Typically, one puts clothes in an airtight container so that the fumes are trapped and build up to a level that kills insect pests. Used outside of airtight containers, these fumes can harm people or pets through touch or through breathing of the vapors.

Mothballs work great to protect your clothes, but when Fall rolls around, and you open those containers to get ready for winter weather, what is to protect your nose from those odors? Nok-Out / SNiPER to the rescue!

Spray the clothing with enough Nok-Out or SNiPER to make them completely wet. (Spray, massage it in so that it is uniformly damp, but not dripping wet, turn it inside out and spray / massage again). Allow to dry fully. Repeat until the odor is gone. We tried this on several different clothing items. For some items, it took 2 cycles to get rid of the odor. For others, it took 3 or 4 cycles to get it all.

Remember that Nok-Out is an oxidizer; when it comes into direct contact with the source of some odor, it 'oxidizes' that smelly stuff, changing it into something that no longer has an odor. It can ONLY do this, if it has contact with ALL of the odor source (if you spray and miss a spot, you won't get all the odor). Also remember that Nok-Out and SNIPER are water based and mothballs are petroleum based and that oil and water don't mix. While Nok-Out / SNiPER contains a 'surfactant' that allows 'wetting' it still requires a bit of massaging to help achieve contact with the source of the odor.

If you have several items of clothing, you may want to try Nok-Out in your washer. See: You may want to increase the amount of Nok-Out used in your washer to treat mothball odor.

Bear in mind that mothballs are a very tough odor problem. Be prepared to treat your clothes with Nok-Out more than once to get rid of this difficult problem.