Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 50

Thread: Inherited someone's stash tonight, but...

  1. #1
    Junior Member MamaO2011's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Posts
    105

    Inherited someone's stash tonight, but...

    So, my sister-in-law text me tonight, wanting to know if I wanted her mother-in-law's mom's stash of fabrics, lace, threads and various other sewing/craft items. I said I would love it, so they dropped off the first dozen boxes tonight, mostly filled with fabric. And I hear there is STILL a bedroom completely full of stuff headed my way. I'm in heaven....except that Grandma Verna smokes like a chimney, and has for her entire life. Which means, this stash STINKS of smoke. Any secret to getting the stink out? I'm going to wash everything, but I know sometimes, that's not enough.

  2. #2
    Super Member Teacup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    2,330
    DD's apt. building had a fire that burnt them out of their apartment. We did rescue a few things from the nursery they were setting up. Fire chief told us to add regular cleaning ammonia to the washing machine, and it did remove the odor. Not sure about tobacco smoke, but it dealt with the house fire smoke.

  3. #3
    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    2,804
    Add a cup of vinegar to the wash.

  4. #4
    Senior Member DeniseP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Lewiston, Maine
    Posts
    532
    Blog Entries
    3
    Borax is also a natural deodorizer. It's in the laundry aisle called 20 Mule Team Borax. It's only about $3.50 a box and it works really well. I used it for years on cloth diapers. I used it in the diaper pail as well and 18 years later my cloth diapers are still white!

  5. #5
    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    4,407
    I would add 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle and 1 cup to the rinse cycle.
    QuiltnLady1

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

  6. #6
    Super Member wordpaintervs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    1,945
    Blog Entries
    1
    what great ideas. I'll keep that for another resouces.

  7. #7
    Junior Member MamaO2011's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Posts
    105
    I use vinegar to make my own household cleaner, and have some on hand, so I will start with that! Thanks ladies!

  8. #8
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    Keep the fabric out of the house until you have a chance to wash it. The stink will stay in the house for a long time. A lady gave me several bags of nice cotton fabric and I put the bags in my car trunk thinking the cigarette smell would be contained until I could wash it all. It was contained all in my car. It was many weeks before the cigarette smell left my car. I won't take fabric that has cigarette smoke in it. It's not worth it to me.
    Got fabric?

  9. #9
    Super Member moonwork42029's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Possum Trot, KY
    Posts
    4,043
    [QUOTE=DeniseP;5455355]Borax is also a natural deodorizer. It's in the laundry aisle called 20 Mule Team Borax. It's only about $3.50 a box and it works really well. I used it for years on cloth diapers. I used it in the diaper pail as well and 18 years later my cloth diapers are still white![/

    LOL.... gosh Denise, I hope you aren't still having to use those same diapers for 18 years!
    Lisa L.
    Howdies from Possum Trot (yes it does exist)
    My most recent swap - Boomerang 16



  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    The Deep South near Cajun Country, USA
    Posts
    2,807
    Odoban, available at Home Depot, is an odor eater and does not take the color out of your fabric. It especially likes to eat cigarette smoke odor.
    Sew a Little, Love a Lot & Live like you were dying!

  11. #11
    Super Member sew_Tracy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Standing in front of Walmart begging for fat quarters
    Posts
    1,054
    Blog Entries
    19
    I wish there was some way to get it out of leather!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blogs/m...ear-79671.html

  12. #12
    Senior Member Melrose R's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    in the land of fruits, nuts, flakes & quakes!
    Posts
    801
    I am sorry for your sister in law's loss but how nice that they thought of you to enjoy the fabric!
    ~melrose~
    You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much fabric.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Michigan's Upper Peninsula
    Posts
    842
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Add a cup of vinegar to the wash.
    I agree that vinegar is your lucky ticket. Hopefully you can store the boxes outside until you are able to launder the items. For laces, and braids, etc. you might want to loop in hanks and tie in knee high nylon socks. I've put skeins of acrylic yarn in nylon knee highs to machine wash and dry. They come out beautifully clean and intact. Those nylons are cheap if you don't have a source of discarded pantyhose. :-)

  14. #14
    Super Member Mitch's mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    1,437
    The ammonia in the wash is the one sure fire remedy. Ammonia or Window cleaner with Ammonia are the only things that will remove nicotine stains from walls and washable surfaces. Lemon or plain ammonia is cheap and very effective. I'd rather wash the fabrics once and know the odor was gone.

  15. #15
    Super Member hopetoquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    2,873
    For the unwashable items... I have crumpled up newspapers and put them around things and it soaks up the odor. My son vomited in my car (oh the joys of motherhood) and newspaper was the only thing that removed the odor. Crumple the papers so there is more surface area to absorb the odor.

  16. #16
    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    6,028
    55 gallon drum of Febreze......

  17. #17
    Super Member grann of 6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Glenmoore, PA
    Posts
    7,472
    Blog Entries
    1
    Unfortunately, you are not just dealing with the smell, but the tars from the smoke as well. My mother was a smoker, and when I brought her stuff home, I had to wash it SEVERAL times. Some of the fabric had to be thrown out because I could never get the discoloration out. I use oxyclean which works wonderfully. Good luck, and keep the fabric outof the house till you get it cleaned, just like someone else said.

  18. #18
    Super Member Knitette's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    The Granite City, Scotland
    Posts
    1,626
    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    For the unwashable items... I have crumpled up newspapers and put them around things and it soaks up the odor. My son vomited in my car (oh the joys of motherhood) and newspaper was the only thing that removed the odor. Crumple the papers so there is more surface area to absorb the odor.
    Hopefully there's no more vomiting, lol, but if he ever does, dampen the area with water and cover liberally with ordinary salt, allow to dry, then hoover. Also works really well for milk spills, which smells rancid ​once it dries.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

  19. #19
    Junior Member judys's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Northwest WI
    Posts
    189
    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    I wish there was some way to get it out of leather!
    If you know someone who has one of those ozone machines you can get odors out of leather. We had 8, yes 8, skunks move in under our closed in front porch room. We had to move out of the house from Thanksgiving until New Years and had to clean EVERYTHING. Even the frozen food in the refrigerator had to go. The hardest things to get the odor out of was leather....belts, shoes, etc. We put the ozone machine and all the leather in a really big cardboard box and ran it for a whole day or more. It worked! Had to live trap the skunks and have them disposed of. Took several weeks to get them all. The guys who put our steel siding on had inadvertently removed a screen in the foundation of the porch.

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    metro Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,278
    Such wonderful ideas, in case I come across a good buy of "smelly" fabric, I might consider the purchase. Will wait to hear what works.
    http://www.oregonquilting.net
    I choose to give my life away for things that last forever

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    515
    I do love vinegar for removing smells - animal pee, etc. Husband was in the army, and I found that a can of coke removed ALL sorts of stains!
    the ammonia is a great idea -- we use it for fireant, insect or bee stings!

    good luck . . .

  22. #22
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    290
    This is somewhat OT but I recently purchased 6 nice maple chairs to take to our ranch house at an upscale consignment shop. I didn't realize until I closed up my garage and went outside the next day they reek of cigarett smoke. I rubbed them down with lemon oil which helped for a time. We are not ready to take them up there so they will be in the garage for a time while we remodel. Any ideas for odor removal? I thought of taking them outside in the sun for a while. My husband has not noticed yet.
    He's not always on target with my purchases. lol

  23. #23
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    290
    This is somewhat OT but I recently purchased 6 nice maple chairs to take to our ranch house at an upscale consignment shop. I didn't realize until I closed up my garage and went outside the next day they reek of cigarette smoke. I rubbed them down with lemon oil which helped for a time. We are not ready to take them up there so they will be in the garage for a time while we remodel. Any ideas for odor removal? I thought of taking them outside in the sun for a while. My husband has not noticed yet.
    He's not always on target with my purchases. lol

  24. #24
    Senior Member Bren's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    924
    I agree with the OdoBan suggestion. There was a thread/discussion on this board recently about using this product to remove musty odors. I purchased a bottle at Sam's Club (about $10 for 1 gal). I add a few ounces in the wash with my dogs' bedding and have been quite pleased with the light pleasant smell. Haven't tried it for cigarette odors but it might be worth a try. I am extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke and odor. Good luck!

  25. #25
    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    6,028
    Quote Originally Posted by Ioftheneedle View Post
    This is somewhat OT but I recently purchased 6 nice maple chairs to take to our ranch house at an upscale consignment shop. I didn't realize until I closed up my garage and went outside the next day they reek of cigarett smoke. I rubbed them down with lemon oil which helped for a time. We are not ready to take them up there so they will be in the garage for a time while we remodel. Any ideas for odor removal? I thought of taking them outside in the sun for a while. My husband has not noticed yet.
    He's not always on target with my purchases. lol
    I would definitely leave them out in the sunshine as much as possible.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.