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Thread: stinking plastic

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    I've tried searching the forum and can't see this topic discussed. My friend just bought me a blue oval plastic bobbin holder....it STINKS! (I have a softer round one that doesn't) I set it outside for 2 days, I sprayed it with fabreeze, I soaked it all day & overnight in vinegar....but this morning it still smells...I've just popped it into the freezer to see what happens..... other than throwing it away, does anyone have another idea that might help, thanks.

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    Baking Soda??? Don't know - but that's what I use to clean the fridge & freezer to take out odors.

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    It could be a defect in the manufacturing - have you contacted the manufacturer?

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    Time might help. The plastics in it are out-gassing. Some are worse than others. I'd probably place it outside for a month and then check it.

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    I would try to put it in a place in the house that receives lots of fresh air. It should be OK in a few days. The plastic is just breathing and it will go away, just like the smell from some fabrics that have that chemical smell.

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    I had that happen to me years ago with a coffee pot. I kept running water through it and thought after the newness went through it it would stop, but that should have only been a couple times. I finally took it back to the store for a replacement. I couldn't get the burned plastic smell from it and surely wasn't going to drink anything from it!!

    Sorry, was a little off the subject, but that is what came to mind when you said you couldn't get the smell to go away.

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    Sometimes a new rotary mat will stink like this too. Try putting it in the dishwasher for several loads. I think I wash more non dishes in my dishwasher then dirty dishes.
    :lol:

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    You have done everything I would have done. Does it smell like new plastic or is it another smell.

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    Years ago--I had a lady tell me to soak plastic stinky(whatever) in vanilla water.
    Just mix up some vanilla & water & soak away. It worked for me when I soaked some plastic Avon bath powder containers. I ended up using them for candy dishes.

    Billie

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    Just out of the freezer & it's not quite as bad, so it's now soaking in a vanilla bath, can't hurt it. thanks for the suggestions.

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    YOu might try what they suggest for tupperware containers and that is to put some newspaper in it and close it. Hope this helps.

    MissTami :roll:


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    I must be weird, I like that plastic-ey smell! But I also like the smell of petrol (gas), nail polish remover, spray paint.

    Not that I go around sniffing these things, but they don't bother me at all. :lol: :lol:

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    OMG Mary, you and I are exact opposites I can't bear any of those smells, they make me physically sick!! Last year I bought a couple of pairs of very pretty slippers that were remarkably cheap....BOY did they give off fumes, after washing and airing for several days I ended up throwing them away as the smell when they warmed up on your feet was AWFUL!! Not so much of a bargain afterall :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
    I must be weird, I like that plastic-ey smell! But I also like the smell of petrol (gas), nail polish remover, spray paint.

    Not that I go around sniffing these things, but they don't bother me at all. :lol: :lol:
    oh how funny - i thought i was the only one in the world who liked the smell of those things you mentioneddo you also like to sniff a vicks inhaler? i do. and i'm like you said, i don't go around sniffing anything but when i do get a whiff of it, i like it. i like the smell of sawdust too.
    lol - too funny
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    Wow boy did yall get my number. I thought I was the only one who liked those smells gas,fingernail polish, I dated a guy who owned a auto body shop and loved to smell that paint and bondo all those lovely smells. I love to smell test papers when I was in school to. I do know that a funeral director told me one time when a mouse died in my walls of the apt I lived in that if you put cotton balls soaked in Vanilla and put towel under the door and leave the cotton balls in the bathroom the order of the mouse would be absorbed in the vanilla cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dojo36
    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
    I must be weird, I like that plastic-ey smell! But I also like the smell of petrol (gas), nail polish remover, spray paint.

    Not that I go around sniffing these things, but they don't bother me at all. :lol: :lol:
    oh how funny - i thought i was the only one in the world who liked the smell of those things you mentioneddo you also like to sniff a vicks inhaler? i do. and i'm like you said, i don't go around sniffing anything but when i do get a whiff of it, i like it. i like the smell of sawdust too.
    lol - too funny
    donna
    Half and half here. I like gasoline and paint but can't even shop in those bargain stores and shoe stores like Payless for the plastic smell. My Olfa cutting mat gassed off for what seemed like forever, but now that this smell issue has been raised, I realize I've had the mat sitting out for a couple of months now and don't smell it any more.

    Please let us know if the vanilla bath works on your bobbin holder, as these vanilla tips are intriguing. I hate to think what we're breathing in that smell.

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    I use pure vanilla, real or imitation to get rid of smells in plastic. I soak a paper towel in vanilla, wipe down the inside of my coolers and close the lid with the towel inside. When I open them up after fall-winter they smell vanilla fresh! Same with thermos's, water jugs, anything plastic :D

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    If that doesn't work you could try denture cleaning tablets. It cleans the toilet and the sink and the coffee pot. They turn out minty fresh and CLEAN!!! I suppose you can go as far as straight mouthwash too.

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    Who knows which "cure" has helped the most, but after the vanilla soak I left it outside for another 24 hours & it's now in my sewing room, and although there is still a faint smell , it's not over powering. Thanks for all the suggestions. It wasn't just a regular plastic smell, it stunk kind of like that skunk smell, you can't get away from it fast enough. To be honest, it's not a great bobbin holder, the soft circle one I have holds the bobbins perfectly so if you knock it off the desk, they all stay in. This oval one they just sit in it but when you go to take a bobbin out the next bobbin lays on it's side...too bad...

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