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Thread: Question: How to Keep Fabric Stash Fresh Smelling?

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    Senior Member jeank's Avatar
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    A well know quilter, quilt appraiser, and lecturer in Florida (Brenda Grampas) told us that the soap (unwrapped) must be the WHITE Lifeboy soap (or is it Lifebouy?).

    She said to seal the smelly quilt in a box or bag with the bar of soap to remove odors.
    Jean in MI

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    I live in Hawaii, in a humid climate -- years ago my bedsheets, stored away (after being fully dried) in the linen closet, would begin to get a musty smell -- even if they were put back on the guest beds and covered with the bed spread, the same would occur, making it necessary to either store dirty sheets until you needed them again (yuk!) or wash the sheets again when you needed them. Found the 2 1/2 Gal. ziplock bags worked fanastic for keeping the smell out, and laundry fresh. Use these for all my fabric storage -- after they have been washed and fully dried -- those in drawers, or bags or boxes. Never have a spell now....however, the books in the book cases have the same musty smell....so there's no winning on every front yet! PS: these are great for travel too -- all underwear in one, tops in another, etc....so when the PSA is checking them, they are only moving their hands (which have been in everyone else's stuff) along the outside of the bags.

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    I have open shelves for large pieces of fabrics. They are ruler folded and grouped by color and theme. I use the plastic shoe boxes for 2", 3", 4", 5" squares, jelly rolls and charm squares. I use the next size up of the boxes for layer cakes, fat quarters and grouping all the fabrics for a certain project together. I use peel off labels, so when I actually finish something, I can relabel and reuse the box. I poked a few holes just under the rim of the boxes with an ice pick. I've used this system for years without any problem!

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