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Thread: What to do about smoke smell?

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    I got some scraps today and they smell like smoke. Can I wash them in a pillowcase or something to get the smell out without them fraying too badly? I just can't stand to add them to my bins like this.

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    Soak them in the sink, don't wash them, even in a pillowcase. Use a bit of detergent. If it's real bad, add vinegar, soak, rinse and air dry.

    Hope this helps.

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    Vinegar and/or baking soda should help :D:D:D

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    just put them in a box with an open box of baking soda for a day or two. No need to wash

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    I read something the other day about putting things in the freezer to remove odors. I wonder if it would work on cloth?

    Diannia

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    I would soak them with baking soda for a while, then lay them out to dry. That should do the trick!

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    I inherited 6 boxes of fabric last year, it smelled of smoke. I put it in plastic bags and a couple bars of safeguard soap
    (tan color) in the bags and tied them shut for several days. Worked wonders, smells good, and dissipates thru time. It is sorted with my stash now, no odor. Works great. Ruth

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    I received quilt blocks from a SS at guild. The blocks reeked so bad of cig smoke my eyes watered. I tossed the lot of them and never said a word, until now. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabinqltr
    I inherited 6 boxes of fabric last year, it smelled of smoke. I put it in plastic bags and a couple bars of safeguard soap
    (tan color) in the bags and tied them shut for several days. Worked wonders, smells good, and dissipates thru time. It is sorted with my stash now, no odor. Works great. Ruth
    have done this many times with all sorts of things including fabric and never failed.

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    I am sensitive to smells anyways, especially smoke. I have gotten fabrics that are pretty "ripe". So I washed them in the washer with detergent, then used vinegar for the rinse. Smell is gone! Works every time!

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    most of these are just too small to wash so I have closed them up in a trash bag with a bar of Irish Spring. Hopefully that will do the trick!

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    You could try spraying Febreze on them... personally I don't care for the smell of Febreze much more than cigarette smoke, but at least it eventually goes away, unlike the smoke smell.

    I guess you've got to weigh how much you want them compared to the amount of trouble it is to make them less stinky. Whatever you do, don't throw them in with the rest of your fabric--there is a lot of truth in the saying, "one bad apple spoils the bunch."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabinqltr
    I inherited 6 boxes of fabric last year, it smelled of smoke. I put it in plastic bags and a couple bars of safeguard soap
    (tan color) in the bags and tied them shut for several days. Worked wonders, smells good, and dissipates thru time. It is sorted with my stash now, no odor. Works great. Ruth
    I was going to say the same thing. Dial deodorant soap works too. It has to be a deodorant soap though.

    I bought two bolts of a fusible at an auction that smelled really bad. I sealed them up in a big plastic bag with a couple of bars of Safeguard and in a couple of weeks the smell was gone.

    This works really good for stuff you can't wash like magazines and books.

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