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Old 08-08-2011, 03:32 AM
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I bought a bag of scraps at a quilt show. Got them home, opened them up and they very quickly went out to the garage to air out. Smell lingered for months. I didn't know how to wash scraps.
How do you wash scraps?
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by jeaninmaine
Keep your fabric and sewing equipment in a room with a door where the cat and the smoker won't go. That way you can go in there and sew without worrying about cat hair or smoke.
Just a comment to this Jeaninmaine, even with the door shut I could still smell smoke on things my mom made. My dad smoked and wasn't allowed in her spare room where she had her hobbies. But it still smelled so I washed everything she sent. Smoke will permeate even those dang doors and walls. Not sure why that nicotine is so powerful!!
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
I have had my migraines more or less under control for a lot of years, but even today I can not linger in the soap/cleanser/bleach/candle areas of grocery stores. I can smell it as soon as I walk in a few feet, so I know what I want and go straight to it and then leave.
I have the same problem with the soap/detergent aisles AND I can't go in the aisle with the rubbermaid and sterilite storage. The plastic smell gives me a headache or sometimes a migraine every time. I have to literally hold my breath when we walk past those aisles.
Gale, I am subject to migraines too. My husband was a smoker for a number of years, but not in the house. All I had to do was open the coat closet and I would go into a coughing fit. I also do not go to malls because of the perfume aisles. I can't go into carpet stores or bed stores because of the chemical smells. I would be very upset if I bought something and unknowingly got cat hair or smoke smell on it. I would not want to be responsible for someone having an asthma attack or worse. My dogs are not allowed in my sewing rooms. I am so sensitive that I have looked at handmade items at craft shows and could smell smoke on them. I even smelled smoke on a quilt at the Lancaster Quilt show; my DDIL couldn't smell it. Anyhow, off the subject. If you decide to sell your items, put a disclosure in the packaging.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:44 AM
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OK I know I am going to make a lot of you mad but what about cats & dogs I did a swap awhile back when I got my 4x4 and opened it I thought she sent me her litter box.I cant stand to go to some ones house an all you smell is cat or dog. Please dont be mad but bad smalls are just that and we have to live with it.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by dakotamaid
Originally Posted by jeaninmaine
Keep your fabric and sewing equipment in a room with a door where the cat and the smoker won't go. That way you can go in there and sew without worrying about cat hair or smoke.
Just a comment to this Jeaninmaine, even with the door shut I could still smell smoke on things my mom made. My dad smoked and wasn't allowed in her spare room where she had her hobbies. But it still smelled so I washed everything she sent. Smoke will permeate even those dang doors and walls. Not sure why that nicotine is so powerful!!
The reason you can still smell it is because it is on the smokers clothes and in his/her pores. When they walk from room to room they are taking the smoke and tar with them. It's not the nicotine, its the tar and the smoke. My parents were smokers and I spent most of my childhood sick with allergies and migraines.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by cinnamon
OK I know I am going to make a lot of you mad but what about cats & dogs I did a swap awhile back when I got my 4x4 and opened it I thought she sent me her litter box.I cant stand to go to some ones house an all you smell is cat or dog. Please dont be mad but bad smalls are just that and we have to live with it.
I agree about the dog and cat smells. But smoking is about more than the smell, it is a health hazard to everyone, not just the smoker. Many people are allergic to animals. When I have a new customer come to my house, I ask them if they have allergies or an aversion to dogs. I have large dogs and they are not allowed in my sewing areas. I also try to keep my house clean of their odors.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:53 AM
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@nd had smoke is bad for everyone and everything - hope you get a smoking outside pact as soon as possible. Especially for those who can't speak for themselves, children, pets, the elderly, but not great for a mate who doesn't like to argue about issues either. You are on my prayer list.
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Originally Posted by Maurene
@nd had smoke is bad for everyone and everything - hope you get a smoking outside pact as soon as possible. Especially for those who can't speak for themselves, children, pets, the elderly, but not great for a mate who doesn't like to argue about issues either. You are on my prayer list.
That's 2nd hand....
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:56 AM
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I personally would not buy anything that smelled of smoke, but pets would not bother me. I am so happy that our strict laws forbid smoking in all public places.
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:04 AM
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You have ideas that would work. If you put into even totes after being washed you can use those little dry packs they put into everything to absorb moisture. I save them and put them into my totes of fabric and even project boxes.
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