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Thread: If I am storing projects in ziplock bags will it hurt anything to put a dryer sheet in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
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    Ahhhhhh never thought about going the soap route! Genius!!! I also did not think about letting the fabric breathe. Great advice everyone Thank you so much!
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    the storage containers are not for long term. They are PROJECT holders not heirloom storage... :D
    on the Kit bags, just leave it open about 2", but again, they are not going to be stored in them for long so it does not matter.[/quote]

    Good insight. SOme projects stay in longer than others but not long enough to hurt. And the kits about a month sometimes, so will leave the opening. I love learning new things on here daily. Good post David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    the storage containers are not for long term. They are PROJECT holders not heirloom storage... :D
    on the Kit bags, just leave it open about 2", but again, they are not going to be stored in them for long so it does not matter.
    Good insight. SOme projects stay in longer than others but not long enough to hurt. And the kits about a month sometimes, so will leave the opening. I love learning new things on here daily. Good post David.[/quote]

    yep it is amazing the information you can find on this site...how well we STORE that info is a different topic! :thumbup:

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    I would not. Dryer sheets have been known to stain fabric.

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    I wouldn't. I wouldn't want the chemicals of the dryer sheets right up against the fabric, especially new dryer sheets, but even used ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Hmm, not sure why it would hurt them. If nothing else, it will make them smell nice and likely keep away some bugs. I'm interested in other people's answers as well David. Great question! :thumbup:
    I use dryer sheets all the time; especially in outgoing quilts. I just stick a dryer sheet or two between the folds. I have had many comments about how nice the package smells when it is opened!

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    I have always heard/read that it is not good for a quilt to use dryer sheets on the fabric or the completed quilt when washing, especially a quilt that will be stored for a while, but I am not sure if there would be a problem with short term storage in a plastic bag with a dryer sheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tilladare
    LOL, add me to the "rather smell garlic and cigars than dryer sheets" group... guess we should have our own corner!
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    Count me in on that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    Ahhhhhh never thought about going the soap route! Genius!!! I also did not think about letting the fabric breathe. Great advice everyone Thank you so much!
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    I teach quilting and in the beginner class when we go over washing material we do not recommend that you even use the dryer sheets. Have you ever washed a dark t-shirt and then dried it with a dryer sheet and ended up with spots that look like grease. (they don't come out) I use to have that problem and thought we were sloppy eaters. It is from the dryer sheets, because they have a petroleum base. That is what gets on your t-shirts/material.

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    I have not thought to use them in the boxs of fabric but my niece moved from Neb (she got out of the Navy and so box where in storage for about 3 month) she put drier sheets in with her clothing to keep them fresher smelling

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    I would be a bit concerned that the dryer sheet might stain the fabrics. If you use the dryer sheet for cleaning the bottom of your iron, it leaves something that resembles a great big grease stain. I don't think I'd risk it. Why are you wanting to put the sryer sheet in the bag anyway?

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    I would never use a dryer sheet as I think it would leave a residue you might not like. For the lady who only smokes in her kitchen,it will go all through your house.I speak from experience of long ago.Don't do it anymore anywhere.It seems to permeate everything. I have never noticed that when folks smoke outside.

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    I go to the Good Will and buy pillowcases to put my quilts in for storage and quilt tops that have not been quilted yet.

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    I use pizza boxes..new, of course. The fabric can breath, they stack well and even big blocks fit nicely. And getting a new one gives me an excuse to buy a pizza while I'm at the pizza place.

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    For some reason I ironed a dryer sheet (???) It completely stained my ironing board cover. Had to throw it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlonger
    I've put in a "used" sheet was afraid a new one is to oily/greasy and may leave residue on material. I put one or two "used" in when I get a quilt top from a smoker and puff up bag and twist tie before I LA it!!
    Dryer sheets can put oily stains on items in the dryer, so I'm sure the same could happen in a bag. I would put in a 'used' one if any at all. Maybe a bag of sachet? :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatchet
    Hubby and I smoke and I cook with onions and garlic a lot but never thought about it stinking up the quilting since it's in a separate room and we only do these things in the kitchen. If it's in a different room I don't see a problem but I'm sure if you use a used one it would be fine but I'd worry a bit about a fresh one. I prewash all my fabric and zip lock them, they stay fresh for years!!
    Believe me smoke travels through the house. You don't smell it because you smoke. Non smokers know the second you open the door. Sometimes I have to close my windows when my neighbors stop to talk on the sidewalk. It comes in the house. I used to smoke and it never bothered me then.

    My daughter bought me some fabric at a garage sale then kept it in her car where her husband smokes. I had to wash it before I could handle it.

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    My two cents worth:

    I have only used "Used Dryer Sheets" on my iron. It has never stained my ironing board cover and very nicely removes sticky stuff from my iron. I can see how a new, unused dryer sheet could make a mess.

    We only use "unscented" dryer sheets so no unwanted smells.

    As for cigarette smoke, DH and I can not ride in our sons car. He does not smoke, and does not allow his friends to smoke in his car, but they ride in his car and the smell transfers from their clothes to the car. Same way if one on them walks through our house. The smell lingers for hours even though they did not smoke inside. When his car broke down, he borrowed DH's truck and tried to cover up the smell with fabreeze! We told him next time to not use fabreeze and to drive with the windows open even if it is freezing outside. DH said the smell of fabreeze mixed with smoke was enough to make him gag and he used to smoke! He quit before I met him.

    I grew up with smokers. I was used to the smell as a kid, but now, the older I get, the harder it is for me to be around it.

    My step mother made us a beautiful, king size scrappy quilt. Both she and my father smoked. I took the quilt to the cleaners and they were unsuccessful in taking the smell out. I wound up putting two damp towels and several dryer sheets in with the quilt and ran it for a couple of hours on cool. Took the smell out.

    Sorry, that was way more than two cents worth! LOL

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    You could always cut them into smaller pieces and stick one in. Or place it inbetween two pieces of fabric and sew it together like a little sachet. that way it won't get residue on your fabric but it will help with the smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    NO and NO...first, you should not STORE in ziploc, never seal up cotton so that it can not breathe!

    Second the chemicals that are on dryer sheets can leave behind things you will never see.
    The military has not banned the use of them on uniforms, the chemicals left behind can be picked up on heat sensors!
    dont you mean that the military HAS banned them. I know too, DH just retire from Army. Those new ACU uniforms are a mess to wash and get clean. I dont use dryer sheets on anything, the smell drives me nuts. dont seal up the zip locks, cotton does need to breath. I use them, but dont seal up all the way. If any tiny bit of moistuer gets in there, mold and mildew time.

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    My quilting friends say never store a quilt in a plastic bag. Finished or in progress. A pillow case works well. I do use the plastic bins from JoAnns also.
    Put the dryer sheet in the mailbox instead, keeps the spiders and critters out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dbl Trouble
    My quilting friends say never store a quilt in a plastic bag. Finished or in progress. A pillow case works well. I do use the plastic bins from JoAnns also.
    Put the dryer sheet in the mailbox instead, keeps the spiders and critters out.
    Dryer sheets made my DD have rashes, so I haven't had them around for years - I'll have to try it on places where I don't want the critters to be. The Irish Spring made me giggle - I use it to keep the bunnies from eating my bulbs.

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    OK, I'm convinced. I'll take my quilts out of plastic. I don't use dryer sheets, but I do put a cedar ball in a double layer of tissue paper and put it in with my quilts etc. My SIL is allergic to fabreze so I can't use it. I'm allergic to just about everything scented (except cedar) so I am very careful. I think I'll try good ole Ivory soap; I used to shower with it so I guess it will keep quilts smelling fresh without setting the allergies off.

    And as a former smoker I can vouch that smoke gets into everything, even the most remote corners of your house.

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    zip lock bags could retain/cause moisture. This is not a scientific opinion. I only use them for short term projects, projects that are not at the UFO stage.
    Also agree with above about the chemicals. I might put some in a zip lock bag, punch a few holes in the top side and lay it on the fabric if odor is the concern.

    a note about the comment above. Do you mean "The military has banned.......etc

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