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brosier 03-01-2011 07:48 AM

No, smokers don't know how they smell. I was a smoker for years, and when I finally quit practicing quitting, and really did it, I was suddenly aware of the odors. I bought a new car, removed the carpet in the house and replaced it with Pergo, removed all the drapes and replaced them with shutters, scrubbed down all the surfaces and repainted everything. It was an awakening for me. I still can't believe I did it for so long, and now I simply can't tolerate the odor. I went into a restaurant last Friday with a couple of friends, and as we walked in, cigarette smoke overwhelmed us. We stood for about a minute, thanked the hostess and left. I had to come home and take an antihistamine because my head got all stopped up from the smoke - just for that short period.

LouBert 03-01-2011 08:16 AM


Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
I don't think smokers realize how pervasive the smell is. I often stand behind smokers in grocery lines and I'm shocked they can't seem to tell how bad they smell. Did I read correctly somewhere that smoking deadens the taste and smell receptors in a person? I guess it doesn't matter.Use white vinegar in your wash cycle.I sure hope it works.

Take it from an x-smoker, we have NO idea how badly we smell

Shelley 03-01-2011 08:17 AM

Smoke on fabrics goes both ways. I have had to air quilt tops out before putting them on the LA so that the smell would not migrate to my leaders.

It is a good idea to know if your LAer works in a smoke-free or pet-free studio if those are things that bother you.

greenini 03-01-2011 08:26 AM

Geez, I've never had a problem cleaning smoke out of our clothes after a night out back when restaurants and such were smoking. Maybe if the quilts were in the smoke for a long time...I have always just washed and dried.

vivsqt 03-01-2011 09:23 AM

Sorry to hear about your quilts, I am on the board, and I am also a longarm quilter, I own a Statler Stitcher and can do both digitized and free motion quilting, I quilted the quilt in my avatar. I can send other pics if you are interested in seeing any of my work. I have another lady in Florida that sends me her quilts to be quilted as well. I also get quilts from Michigan, Nevada and from all over Colorado. My home is a smoke free home.

suzette1954 03-01-2011 09:41 AM

You should have used Charisma on here. She does beautiful work.

dltaylor 03-01-2011 09:43 AM

I think I would ask for a partial refund!!

BellaBoo 03-01-2011 09:44 AM

What smokers are smoking now has some tobacco but mostly chemicals and fillers that leave a horrible stink.
Pure tobacco smoke doesn't stink that way.
I read putting original Safeguard soap in a plastic bag with the smoke filled quilt will neutralize the odor. Be sure and let the quilter know how bad the quilts reeked of cigarette smoke and you will not be using her again because of it.

mosquitosewgirl 03-01-2011 09:46 AM


Originally Posted by kathy
as a former smoker for many years I can say, no they do not realize how strong and offensive the smell is, when you quit you are amazed at how much more taste food has and I seem to have a keener sense of smell, it also makes your hair yellow! now when I get around a smoker I really feel guilty about my poor little kids and everybody else I tried to kill! glad I finally wised up.
anyway, the quilts could probably use a good washing and that WILL take out the smell

Thanks for quitting! I know it isn't easy!

grannie cheechee 03-01-2011 10:24 AM

Dial Gold Bar open wrap bar in tissue paper, and put it asnd quilt in plastic trash bag for a couple of days. It works. We had to do it to quilts that were going to be raffled.


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