Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
How do I remove musty smell from quilt? >

How do I remove musty smell from quilt?

How do I remove musty smell from quilt?

Old 06-11-2011, 05:47 PM
Power Poster
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Lowell, MA
Posts: 14,083

Hi, I have a question if anyone can answer. I thought I had seen a comment about using vinegar to get rid of bad odors in a quilt. My daughter's quilt, which is hand-quilted, has developed a sort of musty smell, probably from her many moves. She wants to give the quilt to her niece Zoe, our first and only grandchild. However, she doesn't want to give it to her with this smell. Other than Orvus how would she clean it. Would she wash it in a washing machine on gentle, put it in the bathtub and gently wash it, or what? I'd be interested in any and all ideas that have worked for you, as she would like for it to be a sort of heirloom quilt. Thanks for your help.
MargeD is offline  
Old 06-11-2011, 05:57 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 17,068

I wash all my quilts in my machine UNLESS they are fragile.
For sturdy quilts I wash them with a small amount of detergent and either dry on low or hang to dry out in the fresh air. Some people say that's wrong but I've never had a problem.
For a fragile quilt I soak with a gentle soap, hand rinse, and dry flat.
sueisallaboutquilts is offline  
Old 06-11-2011, 07:57 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Central Wisconsin
Posts: 718

I have used FEBREZE in my laundry and never had an issues. Plus I have used it on my brothers quilt (that he did not use anymore and had stored in his basement) that my grandma made for him 40+ years ago. All is fine with it now.
mythreesuns is offline  
Old 06-11-2011, 08:36 PM
Super Member
Greenheron's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Beautiful Briery Mountain in WV
Posts: 2,549

I have had luck putting clean but smelly material in the dryer at tumble (no heat) with a dryer sheet containing Febreze. Haven't tried it with a whole quilt.
Greenheron is offline  
Old 06-11-2011, 08:37 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Idaho
Posts: 11,375

I put vinegar in the washing machine to get rid of odors all of the time. Someone mentioned adding soda, but I have never used it.
Sadiemae is offline  
Old 06-11-2011, 09:22 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Enid, OK
Posts: 8,273

if it does not NEED to washed for cleaning, then spray with vinegar or lemon juice, (lightly) and set outside in the sun/wind...nothing like FRESH air to freshen it up...febreeze will only mask the odor and it will come back!
jaciqltznok is offline  
Old 06-11-2011, 10:54 PM
Senior Member
Aunt Sue's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 512

A local church just had a terrible fire and a quilt survived the fire but not the water and smoke. One of the members of the church is a quilt appraiser and restorer and the following is how she handled cleaning the quilt to remove the odor. They washed and rinsed the quilt several times, one after the other, in a bath tub. Then layed the wet quilt out in the sun on the grass until dry. Lay a plain white sheet on the grass first and another on top of the quilt. It no longer has an odor. It has something to do with the chlorofyll in the grass.
Aunt Sue is offline  
Old 06-11-2011, 11:36 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 8,248

I use white vinegar!
Painiacs is offline  
Old 06-12-2011, 03:30 AM
Senior Member
quilticing's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lake City, MI
Posts: 570

I use Woolite Oxy-deep for everything. It has the best enxymes? Whatever, it works.
quilticing is offline  
Old 06-12-2011, 04:31 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cypress, Texas
Posts: 4,728

Sunshine and fresh air..works every time!
emerald46 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
04-30-2015 12:09 PM
Nancy Ingham
11-04-2011 04:49 PM
03-01-2011 12:42 PM
03-28-2010 05:23 PM
05-13-2008 09:48 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.