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Thread: HELP!!! SMELLY FABRIC!

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    Super Member knlsmith's Avatar
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    HOLY HOLY COW!!. I bought 3 jelly rolls of daydreams by Deb Strain for Moda off of ebay. Got in mail today and I have NEVER SMELLED CIG SMOKE SOOOOOOO BAD! We had to put them in the bed of the truck they were so bad.I am a smoker. I do NOT smoke indoors ANYwhere. I dont really smoke very much.

    Nothing I sew EVER comes in contact with smoke at anytime. Even if it is in the car and i am traveling. I will stop or just not smoke at all.

    Ok, deep breath. How do I get this smell out of jelly rolls without washing them? I am afraind they would fray so much I cant use them. I have big plans for them and searched high and low for them. It is my all time fav fabric line.
    ok, I know someone here will have a great idea. Someone always does.
    Thanks SO much!

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    well I am not sure other than leave them sitting out in fresh air for a week and see if it somehow dissiaptes long enought to sew with them ..so you can wash them?

    Another thought is maybe you could try dryell? I am not sure...maybe someone else has better ideas?? Sorry

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    You can try taking the strips apart and letting them sit in the sun outdoors. And fabric softener sheets in a plastic bag after that. Once you get the quilt made you can wash, wash, wash and everything will be fine. Just sew quick!

    And no more deep breaths! Wear a mask!

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    I live in central illinois. the weather is so bad here right now. Mud one day, ice, and then snow the next. I wish i could hang them on my line.

    I have kept them wrapped in the roll. i put them In a plastic bag with a dryer sheet(it isnt touching them) and tie d the bag tightly closed so it doesn't stink up my house.

    What is dryell?

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    Seal them in a plastic bag with a bar of deodorant soap for a couple of weeks. You need either Dial or Safeguard deodorant soap. This also works for books.

    I bought a couple of bolts of a fusible interfacing from an auction that smelled of cigarette smoke and the deodorant soap took the smell out.

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    My only thought was to try to soak them in vinegar water. It seems to get the smell out of everything. You could then rinse them and let them hang over some kind of drying rack. That should minimize fraying.

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    Please keep the awesome suggestions coming. I am going to take a nap. Had to go to dr. yesterday. bad sinus and chest infection. I will check back later.

    Again, thank you all sooooooo much.

    God bless and see ya later.
    :)

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    there is a spray that I have used called smells b gone that seems to work.

    I think if you mist it slightly that should help.

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    I would try something like febreeze fabric or something else that is made for fabric that is an odor eliminator.

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    I was gonna suggest Frebreze but Mom beat me to it.
    When my Mom stayed at my Aunt's house, who was a heavy smoker. She put her suitcases outside for a few days then placed fabric softener sheets in them while they were stored.
    Dryell is a do it at home dry cleaning sheet (kit) I use them all the time, works great. A pre moistened sheet (has dry cleaning chems on it) toss the items in the bag provided and put it in the dryer for 30 minutes on low heat.

    I quit smoking 6 years ago on my Mom's 76th b-day. I spent weeks after wards shampooing, dry cleaning and scrubbing everything that was in the house.

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    Sorry to hear of your stinky problem!! I too was a smoker till 4 years ago, and did NOT smoke in the house. I also washed my hands before ever touching fabric. I purchased fabric from eBay recently and it smelled of smoke. I spread it out and misted it with Febreze, it worked well. You might also fluff the pieces in a large plastic bag with some baking soda, which I've also used for smelly books. Good luck!

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    Febreeze works pretty well. My dad is a huge smoker so I have this problem with jackets when I'm around him.

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    I would try to put some fleecy sheets or other softener sheets inside of each piece - that may work..I know that decorators often use clothing softener sheets tucked under sofa pillows, behind cushions, etc. a few days before showing a house for sale when the house has been heavily smoked in...supposedly it works...I don't know from experience but that's that I heard...

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    How 'bout Fabreeze AND out in the sunshine?

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    Try putting them in a plastic bag, big enough to hold the jelly rolls and an open box of Baking Soda for a couple days. That should do it. Or unroll them before you bag them with the Baking soda.

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    Febrese is your fastest remedy, I fear. Have you unrolled them to see if it is throughout the roll? I would mist with vinegar as a last resort only because it acidic and may change the color. Hang them over coat hangers in your bathroom and mist, then turn the exhaust fan on to help eliminate the odor is my best suggestion.

    Sorry it happened, they really should let a person know if they are smokers/pet owners when selling fabric especially. I always ask because of my pet allergies and I'm buying a large quantity.

    Good luck with the odor removal!

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    Setting them in a bag of cat litter for a couple of days, isn't as messy as baking soda. Just open the bag and lay the roll gently on top. Close the top.

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    I live in central Illinois too. Today we just seem to have a yucky smell in the air..we are suppose to get rain tonight. Maybe next week you can get them out in the sun. What if you clothespin them to a hanger and hang them on a porch? I would alos try the deodrant soap too. I think the smell will get better once this yucky snow and fog pass us over! Hang in there!!!

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    I bought a car once that was a smokers car, I febreezed the carpet and seats and within a weekend the smell was gone. This was right after febreeze was put on the market, I miss the original version but think the new ones should do the job.

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    To the Illinois Ladies...Just west of the Quad Cities today it rained all day and still is. I'm hoping that it doesn't get too cold for my DH to make it home in the morning.

    Just be careful that whatever liquid things you use don't stain the fabrics. I would try maybe fluffing them up in the dryer with whatever softener sheets you use. JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Seal them in a plastic bag with a bar of deodorant soap for a couple of weeks. You need either Dial or Safeguard deodorant soap. This also works for books.

    I bought a couple of bolts of a fusible interfacing from an auction that smelled of cigarette smoke and the deodorant soap took the smell out.
    Thank you for this hint. I bought a book from ebay and had the same problem. I'm trying this.

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    You can try XO from QVC. I had a terrible wet carpet oder and the XO is the only thing that got rid of it.

    Just lay them out and spray them and let dry. Here it is.

    http://www.qvc.com/qsearch/search.aspx

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    I have successfully used "odor-eaters" insoles containing charcoal to get rid of the musty smell in an old featherweight case. If you do this, you need to seal everything inside a plastic bag so the charcoal has a chance to absorb the odors. I think charcoal briquets or charcoal sold for aquariums would do the trick also, but they present problems if they touch the fabric. The insoles are not a problem and not messy.

    While it would be a great idea to air the strips outdoors for a few days, you absolutely do not want to put them in sunlight. Fabrics fade in sunlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Seal them in a plastic bag with a bar of deodorant soap for a couple of weeks. You need either Dial or Safeguard deodorant soap. This also works for books.

    I bought a couple of bolts of a fusible interfacing from an auction that smelled of cigarette smoke and the deodorant soap took the smell out.
    Scissor Queen, that is good to know, I bought a used book, couldn't find a new one, and when I got it smelt like musty meldew but it was in purfect condition other than the smell.

    I will try the soap.
    Thanks

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    I got a quilt back from getting it quilted and it was horriably smoky. I sprayed it with Fabree and layed it out in the fresh air.. had to do it several times but I finally got it out. Also bought a car that someone had smoked in I put a pan of unused coffee grounds in it. Stuck it in the car and shut it up.. takes the smoke smell out!!! that I guess is my tips of the day...

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