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Old 02-28-2011, 11:33 AM
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I also use ammonia to soak my stovetop grates in. I hate to clean those things and my FIL taught me this.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
Did I read correctly somewhere that smoking deadens the taste and smell receptors in a person?
The nicotine actually paralyzes the little hairs in your nose that are supposed to be the filters for stuff being breathed in. They do wake up again. (Believe me - I used to smoke)

It also deadens the taste buds. When I quit smoking, the need for spices went WAY down and DH didn't have sweatbeads on his brow. :oops:
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My aunt is always shocked that I don't want to sit too close to her or visit her at her house but I'm really sensitive to smoke and she (and her house!) reek like an ashtray. If I'm in her house for more than 5 minutes, I get a terrible headache. Hopefully one of the above ideas will work. I know Febreze advertises that they remove odors from fabric and Tide comes with a Febreze additive now I think.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:44 AM
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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
The guilt is bad isn't it, I can't beleive I smoked in my home ugh!
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:48 AM
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I too used to smoke. It is amazing how bad it smells. I now notice it in stores etc. I washed my entire stash with all fabric bleach, an enzyme additive, and OxyClean. It got the smell out and the yellow that seemed to coat everything. All I can say is good for us who quit and good for all of you who never started. When I was a teen, it was cool to smoke--what a foolish habit.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:08 PM
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I too, am a ex-smoker. I didn't smoke when I quilted or in my house as my hubby didn't smoke. But I released my coat and clothes always smelled of smoke. Smokers just don't understand how the smell clinges to everything. I know I didn't notice until I quit for about a year. I know washing with all fabric bleach is a way to get rid of the smell. Good luck.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:25 PM
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I also quit smoking, but my DH didn't. I have an air purifier in my home. My kids tell me they don't have to wash stuff when they go home now.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by lovingmama
Someone else on this board posted something about getting the smell out of fabric.

Should I remember correctly they used ammonia. I don't know how or where you could buy it.

But many replied to it and they had success. May be it works for you.

Here is the link
http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-7493-1.htm
you can buy ammonia in any grocery store the name that most stores is parsons and comes suddsy or plain if you are not useto the smell please do it out side it is a strong order.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:52 PM
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Since they have both been mentioned, just a word of caution, do NOT use bleach AND ammonia. Mixing the two will kill you. That's knowledge that people once had, but I'm finding more and more (maybe with the removal of home ec classes?) that people are unaware.

Good luck with the smell!
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:28 PM
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You really want to keep a quilt out of the sun. Light fades fabric quickly.
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