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    Cigarette Smoke

    Short version of the story - I went to a girls weekend/sewing retreat at a friend of my step-moms. They both smoke. I have washed everything that I can throw in the washer, but there are still quilting items I can't wash. I have fabrized them like crazy and it still hasn't helped.

    Any suggestions on how to get rid of the cigarette smell??

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    hang them outside unless its raining or snowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissSandra View Post
    hang them outside unless its raining or snowing.
    dido i quit smoking about 3 yrs ago i can tell the deference in smell, by hang them outside expecialy when the sun is out it gets the bad smell out and makes them smell nice.....
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    I always send back swap blocks that I get that smell like cigarette smoke. I don't attempt to waste time getting the smell out but that's just me. If the items can't be washed I think packing them in bag or bin filled with charcoal will work.
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    I have never heard of such. Wash them and use downey fabric softener or a bounce sheet. I can't believe there would be any real off smell left.
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    You might try sealing the items in a heavy bag with crumpled newspaper. That might take our the smell. Or, spray a box with Febreeze and lay the items in the box, close it up and leave it overnight.

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    Put them out in the sunshine and fresh air for at least a day. It does help.

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    Never done this but I have heard that you can put items that can't be washed in a plastic garbage bag with a bar of Irish Spring soap and tie it closed. check the items after 3 days. I'm told they should be odor free. If not, tie the bag back up for another 3 days.
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    Cigarette smoke leaves a thin film on everything it comes in contact with. It's the yucky yellow build up you see on car windows and walls where a smoker smokes. It stinks, even the aftermath of one cigarette.
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    I'd say if all these tips don't work then don't go to a quilt retreat where people smoke.
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    I have a girlfriend that used to smoke. When I got things from her I put them in a plastic bag with a bar of Dial or Safeguard deodorant soap and left it for at least two weeks. The smell will go away. I bought two bolts of a fusible at an auction that smelled really bad and of course it couldn't be washed. It took a good month but the soap took the smell totally out of the bolts of fusible.

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    Febreeze use to work for me. Before the smoking ban in public places I would come home and smell like smoke (espicaly when I wore sweatshirts) and would spray some febreeze and let it sit to air overnight and it helped.

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    Wrap them in lovely smelly soap ,works wonders and no chemicals.

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    Fresh air is the best thing for your smoke filled items!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have never heard of such. Wash them and use downey fabric softener or a bounce sheet. I can't believe there would be any real off smell left.
    People don't realize that there is more than just the smoke smell in these items, there is also the tar from the smoke. You can't get that out just by airing and using Fabreeze. I get physically sick when I am around the cigarette smell. I would have to get rid of the smoke smelling objects. I found oxyclean works better than fabreeze. Good luck getting rid of it. My mother was a smoker, and after she passed away, my brothers and I went in and cleaned out her house. I brought her sewing stuff home with me. It has been 25 years and if I get really close to her sewing machine I can still smell the smoke, even after a mega cleansing. It permeates the wood. Some of her things I just had to pitch because I couldn't stand the smell.

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    I use fresh wave in my wash.I buy it at ace hardware

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    Wash with soda or buy some of the stuff that hunters use that remove the human smell. That works and I ought to know--I smoked for years and my kids said they could not smell the smoke when I used the hunters spray. You can get it in the sporting goods at Wal Mart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I always send back swap blocks that I get that smell like cigarette smoke. I don't attempt to waste time getting the smell out but that's just me. If the items can't be washed I think packing them in bag or bin filled with charcoal will work.
    BellaBoo---Wouldn't the better action be to just discard the block as opposed to hurting someones feeling because we object to their smoking. I hate dog and cat hair and urine, but I would NEVER hurt someones feelings about something I could so easily discard or clean. Most quilters are proud of the work they do and do their best when involved in these swaps. I can't imagine what it would feel like to get something back in the mail that I had put time, effort and joy in making and sharing. I'M a NON-SMOKER--but, that's just me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by valleyquiltermo View Post
    I'd say if all these tips don't work then don't go to a quilt retreat where people smoke.

    I'm with you. I smoked for years and when I quit 15 years ago I found out how bad smokers smell. I know they can't smell this but I can. I just don't go around smokers, I have Lung problems from smoking and can't stand the smoke and besides it stinks. Just saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonieM View Post
    Short version of the story - I went to a girls weekend/sewing retreat at a friend of my step-moms. They both smoke. I have washed everything that I can throw in the washer, but there are still quilting items I can't wash. I have fabrized them like crazy and it still hasn't helped.

    Any suggestions on how to get rid of the cigarette smell??
    Try a zip bag with Baking Soda put your fabric in their for a few days (I would shake it) Or use Borax powder same way. it should work then just shake off the powder. And you can use the powder for a long time. Also you can use Borax in your Laundry too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pollym44 View Post
    BellaBoo---Wouldn't the better action be to just discard the block as opposed to hurting someones feeling because we object to their smoking. I hate dog and cat hair and urine, but I would NEVER hurt someones feelings about something I could so easily discard or clean. Most quilters are proud of the work they do and do their best when involved in these swaps. I can't imagine what it would feel like to get something back in the mail that I had put time, effort and joy in making and sharing. I'M a NON-SMOKER--but, that's just me!!!

    The swaps I'm in the rules say no smokers allowed. Some try to slip pass thinking no one can tell the difference. They are thick skinned enough already by ignoring the rules to have hurt feelings. There are swap groups with no inside pets, no perfume, etc. There are swaps for everyone to participate.
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    I had a friend who smoked. She had made my son, who was getting ready to go away to college, a surfing quilt to take with him. when the package came in the mail, I could hardly stand opening it, it reeked of cigarette smoke. I immediately threw the quilt in the wash with regular laundry detergent and Borax and set the machine on double rinse. After taking the quilt out of the dryer it still had a strong smell so I hung the quilt up outside for several days, which did the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6 View Post
    People don't realize that there is more than just the smoke smell in these items, there is also the tar from the smoke. You can't get that out just by airing and using Fabreeze..
    I agree, Febreze does not remove the smell or particles of tar and nicotine. It contains formaldehyde which simply blocks your olfactory receptacles and you think you don't smell the smoke....but it's still there... If you can't wash it the fresh air does seem to help....

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    The "old folks" used to "air out" their clothes and bed matresses/quilts every spring. Why? It works--and no bed bugs on those matresses. I aired out stinky garage sale finds for several weeks and the smell was gone. Hang on clothes hangers and let the sunshine and breeze do the work--hot or cold weather.

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    Can you wipe down all the non washable things with a damp cloth with vinegar on it? I would think the vinegar would clean off any tar residue. At the car dealership they use coffee grounds for getting smoking smells out of vehicles. They put a cap of grounds under the seat for a few days. You could try it by enclosing the things in a bag with coffee grounds. Good luck, smoke smell is very tenacious!

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