Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fabric and other items that hold odor

I have a habit of rescuing various sewing type items from yard and estate sales-like unfinished quilts, fabric, lace, and binding. Sometimes when going through stuff in a house/basement/garage, it's hard to tell if there is any odor on the item, other times it's clear but the item is something that is really wanted or for some reason (eg, value) you just cant leave it. Recently I came across a large bag of lace and binding-and aside from it costing more than $1 to buy all of it at the store, I just can't seem to live with the fact that it's just going to be thrown away.
Turned out it was all full of a musty (stored in a basement for a long time and maybe smoked around) odor.
I decided to try to get rid of the odors, I rinsed all of the items (separating out anything that might bleed color), then soaked them in a bucket of warm water and Tide Boost (that's just what I had) for a bit (maybe an hour). Rinsed them all out again and they seemed fine smell wise but for good measure I repeated the soak and rinse then hung them all out to dry, and what do you know, they are all odor free now, yay!
I even tried this with some wool fabric I found that was really heavy in musty odor, that I soaked and rinsed 3 times and now there's not a hint of odor.
I thought the lace/binding was so pretty hanging out to dry I had to take a pic, albeit not at all close to how nice it looked.

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