Friday, April 1, 2011

Just a Question...

How the hell do you get the smell of moth balls out of vintage clothes?????? Apparently, water just intensifies it. So does steam. And Fabreze. And air. WTF!!!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

15 comments:

  1. Fresh air and sun is what I do. It takes a few hours but it works for me, I have all my stock stored with mothballs and I take it all out and hang it all on the line, I have to do this before every fair I sell at.
    www.KittysVintageKitsch.blogspot.com

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  2. I found that dry cleaning helped a lot! (Of course, my garment was wool so I was going to dry clean it anyways.) The scent didn't go away completely but I've been trying to let it air out some more. You might try letting it air out outside too.

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  3. Thanks for the help. The smell is running us out of our apartment!

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  4. Dry cleaning works great and also putting the item in the dryer in a low heat setting along with several dryer sheets can help too. I also agree with airing items outside.

    One time my friend and I were in Philly and we ate at a traditional cheese steak place. When we got in the car to go back to her in-law's house, our coats and clothes REEKED of grease and onions! We promptly put our wool coats outside to air out overnight and when we brought them back in the next morning, the coats smelled fresh again.

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  5. I agree, fresh air and sunshine works beautifully! I read somewhere that if you put a bowl of white vinegar next to the item(s) that the vinegar will absorb the smell but I haven't tried that one personally. Good luck!

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  6. I always hang garments outside too. Fresh air works wonders!!!

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  7. You could try spritzing it with vodka in a spray bottle. I've been told vodka is pretty good for getting odors out of old clothes.

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  8. Vodka works great. That is what I used for my ren faire costumes that couldn't be washed (even though I wore them for 12 hours days in 90 degree heat for 9 weekends)

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  9. Do not wash the clothes in your washer, it will make the washer smell like mothballs.

    Take the item and put baking soda all over it, then put it in a plastic bag to sit overnight or a few days if you can. Brush the baking soda off and hang the item outside (or in an open window) all day. Periodically spray with Frabreze throughout the day.

    Once most of the smell has gone away, rub the item gently with dryer sheets. Follow those steps until the smell is gone. You can also fold dryer sheets in to item when you fold it for storing. This regime was a compilation of suggestions I heard around the internet and it worked for me! Don't forget to wash the smelly item separate from other clothes that don't smell.

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  10. Wow! These are great tips! Thanks for all the great info!

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  11. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7797412/how_to_remove_the_smell_of_mothballs.html?cat=6

    Hey kitten,
    This is where i found out how to get rid of the smell when i had tried everything and it didnt work, but i found this worked well.

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  12. I have friends who are fans of leaving things outside, and putting items in the freezer. I tried both methods. Several times! But didn't have much luck. Or maybe the dress was just that bad?

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