Remove Weird Smells From Any Camera the Easy Way

Joel Lee 22-07-2016

So you did the smart thing and bought a used DSLR instead of a new one Why You Should Never Buy a New DSLR Camera (And Always Buy a Used One) Here's why DSLR camera bodies and camera lenses should always be bought used -- especially if you're a newbie shopping for your first entry-level DSLR or a hobbyist replacing your first model. Read More thus saving you hundreds of dollars 5 Money-Saving Tips You Should Know Before Buying a DSLR Here are some helpful tips for making photography a more financially-manageable activity. Read More — but didn’t take the right precautions Buying A Used Digital SLR? Wait! 3 Things To Look Out For Buying a used digital SLR is a great way to save some money, but you should be aware of the risks involved in doing so. Read More and now you have a camera that has a dozen funky smells that just won’t go away.


Or maybe you just got back from a week-long camping trip with friends, and even though you caught hundreds of amazing shots, your camera gear now reeks of smoke and it’s driving you mad.

Whatever the cause, have no fear. The solution is incredibly simple.


Here’s all you have to do:

  • Get yourself some scented moisture absorbers, such as this DampRid Lavender Moisture Absorber. Scented dryer sheets can work as well, such as these Gain Original Dryer Sheets.
  • Toss your camera gear and a moisture absorber pack or dryer sheet inside a garbage bag (or any other sealable container that’s large enough).
  • Wait 1 to 3 days.

It’s as simple as that. Is this necessary? Of course not. You could just as easily let your camera sit out and dissipate its smells on its own, but that could take weeks — especially if the smells are particularly potent. This only takes about a day.


Why does your camera gear smell so bad? How do you clean out smells from your camera gear? Share your experiences and tips with us in a comment below!

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  1. Ian McCluskey
    August 26, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Does this also apply to lenses?