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Thread: 'Been in storage too long'. How do you get the smell out?

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    I have inherited, over time, contents from 3 loved ones sewing rooms. Some of the things had been in storage too long and have 'the smell'. I use a vinegar soak but it takes many washings and sometimes the items are a loss and have to be tossed. The smell is that of our great, great, (?great?) grandparents house and furniture after it has been closed for years with no fresh air.
    Anyone have tips and tricks?

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    Try baking soda in the wash? I know the smell you're talking about...I'm really not sure what would work!

    Dry cleaning maybe?

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    I will use the baking soda soak on the fabric and let you know what happens. Thanks.

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    Try using a goodly amount of cloudy amonia with your laundry soap. I have used it for years. It really helps. It also takes that gunky feeling out of kitchen towels. It also takes the sour smell out of cloths and towels that have sat wet for to long.

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    Can you hang them on a clothesline to dry after you launder them? The sun works wonders on funky smells.

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    Can you hang them on a clothesline to dry after you launder them? The sun works wonders on funky smells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    Try using a goodly amount of cloudy amonia with your laundry soap. I have used it for years. It really helps. It also takes that gunky feeling out of kitchen towels. It also takes the sour smell out of cloths and towels that have sat wet for to long.
    How much is a goodly amount? 1/2 cup. 1 cup. ???????
    Is cloudy ammonia different than just ammonia. A special brand?

    I will try the ammonia on some and put some in direct sunlight as the later post suggest. I will let you know.

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    Don't forget about good old Borax. It's a non bleaching laundry detergent enhancer. It removes odor from clothing.

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    I would wash on gentle cycle, with some regular detergent and some vinegar. I've used vinegar when things sit in the washing machine too long, it really works and no, your fabric won't smell like salad dressing! Good luck!

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