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Thread: How to remove odor from glass jars.

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    How to remove odor from glass jars.

    I have some glass jars that I had stored something in that had a strong odor (like laundry crystals) and now I want to use the jars but I cannot get the odor to go away completely. I have washed in dishwasher, put water and baking soda in it and froze it, but nothing is working completely. I am surprised that the glass would hold the odor, but it did. Any suggestions?
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    Hi Friends,
    I just googled the above question and found me own answer, which I'll share with you. To remove strong odors from glass jars, put 1 teaspoon mustard (any kind) into glass jar, add hot water, put on cap and shake vigorously. Then pour this out and rinse well and odor is gone. I tried it and it works.
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    ........though you may have the smell of mustard!


    Question ... is the smell from the jar itself? or the lids?
    The construction of the lid is more apt to hold off-smells than the glass jar.
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    My best smell eraser is cheap, clay kitty litter. Pour a bagful into a heavy plastic garbage bag. Set whatever you want to de-smell on top. Close tightly. Wait two weeks. It should be gone then - has worked on "skunky" books and sneakers. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mkotch View Post
    My best smell eraser is cheap, clay kitty litter. Pour a bagful into a heavy plastic garbage bag. Set whatever you want to de-smell on top. Close tightly. Wait two weeks. It should be gone then - has worked on "skunky" books and sneakers. Good luck!
    This is interesting. I have an old dresser and I can not get the odor out of the drawers. They are small enough to pour kitty litter in - then close in a lg garbage bag. Going to give it a try.

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    I spray air odor eliminator aerosol in the container, wash in hot soapy water and the odor is gone. This works on plastic too.
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    Great advice. I wanted to store my extra pepper in a class jar yesterday, but the jar smelled like the pasta sauce it had in it before it was washed. Will try the mustard and see if it works.

    It is usually the lids that have the smell, more than the glass; but it could be both that smell.

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    crumbled black and white newspaper will also do the job of removing odors from not only glass but anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyb View Post
    This is interesting. I have an old dresser and I can not get the odor out of the drawers. They are small enough to pour kitty litter in - then close in a lg garbage bag. Going to give it a try.
    You might also try cotton balls soaked in vanilla - put them into the drawers. I did this for an antique sideboard and it worked well.

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    Try putting vinegar in the jar and let it sit for a while.

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