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Thread: Removing dog smell from blanket

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    Super Member redkimba's Avatar
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    My ex moved out earlier this year and took his dog with him. I had cleaned out the house, including shampooing the carpet. It helped cut out the dog odor.

    Now that it's cooler, I put a blanket on the bed. Unfortunately the blanket smelled so heavily of dog that I had to find another blanket. The blanket is made from alpaca and is woven.

    Can I wash it by hand in the tub with some woolite and Nature's Miracle without destroying it?

    PS - don't get me wrong; I love dogs. But this blanket just reeks of dog in the way it would reek of cigarette smoke.

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    You should be able to clean it the same way you would any wool item. Which since I'm allergic I don't really know. However, if you can wash it you might try putting some baking soda and white vinegar in your water and letting it set for awhile. It's really worked on cottons and polyblends for me.

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    Try soaking in old fashion Borax and water for awhile and if that won't work use white vinegar and water lots of vinegar, they won't hurt your blankey :!: 8-)

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    Before you get it wet--wet wool smells worse than dog!--You might try putting it in a garbage back with some activated carbon--the stuff you put in aquarium filters. Wrap the carbon up in a muslin tea towel/dish towel or even paper towels and close the bag. Leave it in a warm place for a couple days--in the sun would be good. There is also some commercial stuff that you can buy to put in basements that is supposed to suck out humidity & smells but I've never tried that. Good old baking soda or activated carbon works for me. After the carbon treatment--you might want to take out the carbon & spritz with a couple shots of Febreeze or Nutra-Air and leave sealed for another day. I do this last step on suits & fancy dresses that are stored a day or two before we plan to wear them.

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    I use a LOT of vinegar and baking soda and rinse well, too... but I don't know about using this with alpaca...

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    I buy a cleaner from Home Depot called Odoban. Works great on pet odors (general cleaning really). I'd try spritzing the blanket and hanging outside to air out. I'm not all that familiar with cleaning this type of fiber but maybe a call to a dry cleaner?

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    Sorry, my head is bobbing, trying not to fall asleep getting in from work and have to head out again in two hours.

    However, so you don't ruin the blanket, do a google search on suggestions for cleaning. Don't take risks unless you've washed it before.

    (I was going to google it for you by eyes and head won't cooperate. Good to just get this typed.)

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    I have alpaca socks and I throw them in the washer with the other clothes. But to be safe google it. It is better than wool any day and it doesn't itch!!

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    If there is nothing that appeals to you, I'd send this to a good dry cleaners. I have a cashmere coat that belonged to an aunt, and I don't care to chance ruining it cleaning it myself, other than sponging off some stains with cool water or club soda.

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    Check Pet-Meds they carry some stuff called "Get Serious" I used is on a corner of the carpeting in my living room that had been "visited" by the previous owner's cat. The stuff is a miracle, repeat MIRACLE. It not only pulls out the humanly detectable odor but the pheromones that encourage re-visitation (if you catch my drift)

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