How to Get Rid of IKEA Furniture Smell

Is the smell dangerous?

Most of IKEA's furniture is produced from wooden materials, which are composed of compressed pieces of wooden chips and fibers to create plywood and fibreboard. 

These pieces are all held together with adhesives that contain formaldehyde within them.

Yes, formaldehyde.

The chemical that you also use to preserve frogs when you dissect them.

So, what is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde gas is colorless and flammable and has a pungent odor, which is especially present in cabinetry, laminate flooring, lacquers, and paints.


Formaldehyde is also on California's Prop 65 list of chemicals, so these items should come with a Prop 65 warning label.

That means formaldehyde has been seen to be a carcinogenic substance (cancer-causing agent) in persons exposed to high levels.

What Does IKEA Say About the Formaldehyde?

IKEA is a large company with huge social responsibility.

They are aware of the use of formaldehyde in their products and have taken the necessary steps to ensure the well-being of their valued customers in regards to this chemical.