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Date: 10/14/06 9:30 PM

I bought this beautiful vintage dress a while back. It is perfect, except for one thing... it stinks! I am talking serious b.o.... like the last person wore it on a 30 mile hike in the Louisiana swamps in August. I took it to the cleaners, and the first time I got it back I told them that it was still stinky. They took it back and 'deoderized' it, and now it smells like 16th century Europe... like b.o. and perfume. For the past week I've been hanging it in the window to air out, and I take it the the bathroom with me when I shower to steam it a bit. It is black rayon (I think... that's what I'm guessing from my burn test), and will definitely shrink if washed in water. Is there any hope for this darling little stinker?

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Date: 10/15/06 5:16 AM

This is just a guess, because it works on plastic/tupperware that's absorbed a bad odor...

Fold it loosely and set it in the freezer for a few days [not wrapped].

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Date: 10/15/06 8:14 AM

Perhaps the fabric deoderizer by Lysol would work?

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Date: 10/15/06 11:21 AM

A couple other things I have heard of - put the dress (loosely folded, and propped up on one side) in a plastic box with a couple of cotton balls with some vanilla on them. Another ordor reducer (I have used this in rooms, not for cloth - when the basement gets smelly 'cause we have damp basements here...), If you have a closet with a door, or other way to hang the dress, try to put a dish of vinegar in the bottom. Vinegar seems to absorb odors.

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Date: 10/15/06 11:49 AM

Maybe putting it in a sealed container with baking soda or other odor absorbant..? Hope you get the stink out!

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Date: 10/15/06 11:56 AM

Believe it or not, costume people use vodka to deodorize garments between shows. I'm not 100% sure but they either spray it on with a spray bottle or dab it on, then allow the garment to air. It probably wouldn't hurt to try.

I've also seen activated charcoal and kitty litter mentioned as cures for odors on this site. You might try placing the garment in a sealed container with some and see if it helps.

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Date: 10/15/06 12:02 PM


How about putting it in a sealed box for several days with charcoal briquettes. They're supposed to absorb odor. Kitty litter might work, too.

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Date: 10/15/06 1:14 PM

Can you air this thing for a long time? Say on an enclosed back porch for say a few weeks? Who was this person? And what happened while wearing this dress - swamp marching - tango contest..

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Date: 10/15/06 3:20 PM

Mythbusters tested the vodka theory for smelly oders and it passed the test.

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Date: 10/15/06 5:58 PM

I tried this years ago with a couple of blazers that I..um..wore once too often, and dry cleaning failed to deodorize. I read to drape the offending area over a bowl of ammonia for a few hours. I tried it and it worked for me...

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