ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


Anyone know how to get the stink of mice out a toolbox?

Discussion in 'Hand Held Equipment and Tools' started by wood4heat, May 6, 2019.

  1. wood4heat

    wood4heat Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    2,776
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    I’ve got a nice Matco box that spent a some time in storage. I decided to start using it over the weekend and discover mice have been nesting in it. I cleaned out all of their nest materials, removed the drawer liners, and Clorox wiped the crap out of everything. I’ve got new drawer liners to go in it but I don't want to install them until I figure out how to get rid of the stink! Can anyone tell me how to do that???

    [​IMG]
     
    Cope1024 likes this.
  2. capetrees

    capetrees Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Messages:
    8,358
    Likes Received:
    9,540
    Location:
    MA
    paint the entire interior.
     
    lone wolf and wood4heat like this.
  3. wood4heat

    wood4heat Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    2,776
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Thanks, I have thought about that. I would like to try that as a last resort. The interior paint is in good shape and I’d hate to cover it if I don’t have to. Seems like there would be something that would remove this. I might try a “pet odor eliminator” from the pet store. Just thought someone here might have dealt with this and offer another solution.
     
  4. sb47

    sb47 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Messages:
    3,273
    Likes Received:
    3,372
    Location:
    Texas
    Just give it some time and let mother nature take care of it. The smell will dissipate over time.
     
    ChoppyChoppy likes this.
  5. billyboy

    billyboy ArboristSite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2017
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    NW Iowa
    Charcoal brickets will help. Time will help the most. Dawn dishsoap might also help. It's a strong cleaner.
     
  6. wood4heat

    wood4heat Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    2,776
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Charcoal briquettes??? Would that be similar to using baking soda? I thought about that also.
     
  7. grizz55chev

    grizz55chev Tree Freak

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2010
    Messages:
    10,963
    Likes Received:
    20,098
    Location:
    northern calif., around auburn
    Dawn dish soap, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, wash, rinse, repeat.
     
    sixonetonoffun and Duce like this.
  8. knockbill

    knockbill Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,072
    Likes Received:
    988
    Location:
    se pa
    ...and dry the drawers in the sun...
     
  9. Nathan Graff

    Nathan Graff ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2019
    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    Southern Alberta
    You'll have to pull the drawers out and clean everything behind and under the drawers. Dawn dish soap to take the urine off, baking soda and charcoal to neutralize and absorb the smell, and lots of time to dry. Mice find their way by following urine trails. Best to get rid of that totally.
     
    wood4heat likes this.
  10. wood4heat

    wood4heat Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    2,776
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Thanks all. When I get home I will pull each of the drawers and clean them again. I’ll try the peroxide and leave them out to dry in the sun tomorrow. While they are out I’ll clean and maybe spray paint the inside of the cabinet. I’m also gonna seal up and potential rodent entry points. Grease the slides before I put it back together and hope it is odor free. If so I will install my new drawer liners and load it with tools!

    Thanks for the tips.
     
    sixonetonoffun and grizz55chev like this.
  11. capetrees

    capetrees Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Messages:
    8,358
    Likes Received:
    9,540
    Location:
    MA
  12. Duce

    Duce Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2013
    Messages:
    2,728
    Likes Received:
    5,048
    Location:
    Roscommon,MI
    Sorry, have to say it. Throw a skunk in it.
     
    president and old guy like this.
  13. bowtechmadman

    bowtechmadman Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2007
    Messages:
    3,045
    Likes Received:
    1,263
    Location:
    Big Rapids MI
    Coffee helps with absorbing odor also.
     
    Duce likes this.
  14. old guy

    old guy Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Messages:
    1,290
    Likes Received:
    1,971
    Location:
    Becker Mn
    Skunk smell beats mouse smell all day long.
     
    Duce likes this.
  15. wood4heat

    wood4heat Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    2,776
    Likes Received:
    1,407
    Got the nasty mice smell out! This morning I cut my new drawer liners and put them in. I am still trying to come up with a solution for the busted drawer slide so the top drawer is still out but that won’t stop me from loading the lower drawers. Now comes the fun part, damn this thing has a lot of space!

    [​IMG]
     
    Cope1024, Jasonrkba and ray benson like this.

Share This Page