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Will vinegar work for removing the fabric finishing smells?
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Date: 8/6/12 5:58 PM

A relative gave me some nice vintage fabrics.
They have that dry cleaning smell, not musty. I remember years back when you entered a fabric store and the smell of finishing in
the fabrics would hit you, sometimes make your eyes water to stay in the store. I assume these were processed in the US then. What do you use? I have heard just sunshine works?
I have washed some already, mostly knits, but the imbedded smell comes back when you iron. I did not put them in the dryer to seal it in.

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Date: 8/7/12 9:30 AM

Can't find search link on past boards here...
Anyone?

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Date: 8/7/12 10:20 AM

Gram,

I don't know if ny of THESE LINKS will help.

I know it's not what you posted about. Just trying to give some assistance.

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Date: 8/7/12 8:28 PM

If these fabrics are washable, I'd suggest a lukewarm water soak and washing soda (it's like baking soda, but for washing) I swear by this stuff after my cat peed on a quilt I was making as a gift. And yes, sunshine is the best to dry them!

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Date: 8/8/12 8:58 AM

The smell could be from the dye. Several years ago, I bought a black knit fabric that stank. Several washings later, it still smelled, so I tossed it.

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