Mothballs are a petroleum-based insecticide. Typically, one puts clothes into an air-tight container along with a few moth balls and then seals the container up. The off-gasing from the mothballs fills the container and thus kills off any insects that may have made it into the container with your clothes. Voila! Your clothes have been protected against being eaten by bugs over the summer! The problem is – how to remove mothball odor from your clothing. The smell is persistent and unpleasant, and REALLY hard to get rid of.

But you can do it. Here’s how.

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 of spraying and then allowing it to dry to get rid of the odor. For others, it took 3 or 4 cycles to get it all. Persistance will pay off for you.  Don’t give up!

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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.

The active ingredient in Nok-Out is very safe and will not harm skin or cause any allergic reactions.  For more information, see:

If you still have questions, give Ted a call at 866 551 1927.