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Thread: Removing smell of smoke from a quilt - can't find it

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    Super Member Ruby the Quilter's Avatar
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    I saw a topic posted on how to remove the smell of smoke from a quilt. thought I'll never need it-tonight a friend called she picked up her quilt from a long arm quilter and it smells like smoke - any ideas?

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    I think white vinegar works better than anything else.

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    I would hang it outside in the shade......

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    She might take it to a dry cleaners and have it cleaned. crafty_linda_b

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    When my sister passed away, her husband gave me two quilts that our Mom or grandmother made. She was a smoker and they reeked of smoke. I put them in the bathtub and used a quilt cleaner that comes in a cloth bag. I let it soak, rinsed it, sniffed, and did it again. Next day, I rinsed it, sniffed and it still stunk. I rinsed it again and poured a box of baking powder on it, let it soak and rinsed. I am allergic to smoke and I have the most sensitive sniffer ever. I resoaked it in a second box of baking powder and rinsed it and finally it did not smell. I actually thought I was going to have to get rid of them because I did not think the smell would ever come out. Don't give up, just keep soaking it. In the first two washings, the water was so yellow. This took 4-5 days. The quilt still smells good.

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    I hung mine in my screened in patio for 2-3 days. It worked.

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    I'd just say wash it and dry it with a Fabric softener sheet.

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    Fresh air.

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    Ammonia is the best cleaner of stale cigarette smoke - it degreases and because cigarette smoke leaves an oily residue, the ammonia breaks right through it.

    If you want to try it, add 1/4cup to a full cup to your washing machine or bathtub soak and your detergent. Don't mix with chlorine - that's deadly.

    I've never had ammonia do anything bad to my fabrics - even my vintage quilt tops came through the washer just fine - fresh and clean and no trace of cigarettes or ammonia.

    Ammonia removes some kinds of yellowing and other stains, too. Truly a miracle worker and one of the cheapest cleaners you can buy. :)

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