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Thread: Gett'en out that " nasty old" smell

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    Hand wash with a mild soap, rinse with vinegar and let air dry.

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    I just brought totes from storage and the material smelled- I had blocks from swaps and a few unfinished items I had bought these fabric sheets that are strong they are arm and hammer essentials I got mountain rain- threw a few sheets in each and they seem to do the trick when I finish the items then I will wash them. afraid if I do just the blocks they might come undone .

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie
    wow, thanks everyone, i hae blocks i hade by hand over 20 yrs ago, in a plastic(duh) bag just found them after being in a basement for all that time, my eyes are even burning, was gonna trash thaem, you might have saved me.
    Try putting them in a plastic bag and in the freezer overnight to kill the smelly particles.
    Come to think of it, put the plastic bag full of smelly, outdoors in freezing weather.
    Then put them in the .dryer, so the air can get through the fibers, and flush out the smelly debris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by incoming2me
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    My featherweight machine's case had a terrible musty smell in it. Tried a dryer sheet, tried soap -- everything seemed to just add a different odor. Fresh air and sunshine did not help enough either. The charcoal OdorEaters insoles finally did the job.
    Ahhhhh! Thank you!
    Like you, I've tried seemingly everything to rid my FW case's funky smell..
    I will definitely try this!
    I tried everything for my FW and nothing worked. I'll try the OderEaters. Thanks for the tip.

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    I just saw an article about used dryer sheets (could probably use new sheets also). Put the dryer sheet in a plastic tote, (or drawer, or something) put the blocks in and leave it for a day or two. The sheet (s) should take away the musty odor. Hope it works for you.......

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    Hi , have you tried old newspaper, stuff some in the box

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    Thank you I have a Featherweight case that has been a puzzle to me. I will get the charcoal insoles.

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    There is also a product you can find at Home Depot called odor ban ,you just put it in a spray bottle and spray it .

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    I would not wash them before they are assembled, you could end up with a knotted mess. Put either a baking soda "refrigerator box" , a few pieces of charcoal wrapped in newspaper, or a handful of silica packs (those little packs that come in a box of new shoes) in the bin and close it back up for a couple of days. This will remove the odor and not harm the fabric or blocks. I'd love to see pictures of these treasures.

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    Bounce dryer sheets

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    I have run into this problem only with smoke. I used the odor eaters AND Irish Spring for a week and poof ----all gone. Hope this helps. :roll: :roll:

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    An old tupperware trick to get smell out of plastic is to stuff it with newspaper. The newspaper absorbs the nasty smell. You could give it a try.

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    I'm a definite fan of liberal amounts of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) it won't harm anything and can be spread on almost any surface with no worries about damage.

    I probably wouldn't wash the blocks, but just seal them up in a box with bicarb for a few days, shake out and they should be fine.

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    I agree with Febreeze. Spread them out on something that moisture won't bother and spray. Let them dry and if you need to, repeat. Once is usually enough.
    Robin in TX

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    Hey, what about the smell that is left on your ironing board from pressing these blocks? I get paranoid, thinking that I will iron mildew or that nasty old smell into the next project. So I wash the ironing board cover with bleach, and clean the sole plate of the iron. Is this smart? Thanks!

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