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My dupioni silk smells like ant poison
after washing it - can I get the smell out?
Tammy(TX)
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Date: 2/19/08 6:21 PM

I bought some plaid dupioni online and washed it before making my 1 year old daughter a dress out of it. The minute the water hit it, it stunk! Like ant poison! It was bad enough that it made my asthma flare up a little and gave me a bit of a headache. Interestingly, it didn't smell before the water hit it.The ivory snow detergent didn't do a thing for the smell, is there anything else I could try to get it out? It was inexpensive for dupioni($8/yd) and I guess now I know why.

Is it true that some fabrics from foreign countries are sprayed with pesticides? I may just end up throwing it away...

Thanks for any tips!
-- Edited on 2/19/08 6:23 PM --

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In reply to Tammy(TX)


Date: 2/19/08 7:14 PM

Sorry to hear about your silk.

Try this thread. Maybe you will find some answers there.

Good luck!

Carla

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Date: 2/19/08 7:25 PM

I've never had fabric smell *after* the first washing but in general I find soaking fabric/clothing in a baking soda mixture is a great way to get odors out. I use about 1/2 cup baking soda per gallon of water and soak for a few hours before I wash with regular soap.

Baking soda is (of course) all natural non-toxic and other such good things.

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Date: 2/19/08 8:26 PM

It's possible, but is prohibited to sell noceive fabrics, so it's probably the treatment the fabric received before selling; try to wash at 30-35į with a perfumed soap, it should not stink again!

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In reply to CSM--Carla


Date: 2/19/08 11:44 PM

Thanks for the thread link, I didn't find that one on my first search.

I'll be trying some of these tips and see if I can save it.

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Date: 2/19/08 11:56 PM

I had a denim once that smelled really bad after washing it. Like oil or some type of petroleum product. I tried all kinds of products, lemon juice, vinegar, everything I could think of. It still stank and was smelling up my other fabrics. I finally just threw it out.:( Hope you have better luck.

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Date: 2/20/08 1:28 AM

Hmm...if it smelled strongly of pesticide, you might want to throw it out because it might be hazardous to wear. Even if you get the smell out, the fabric might still have some pesticide residue.

When in doubt, I always toss--I don't even donate questionable fabric. I always just throw it away. It's better to be safe than sorry.

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Date: 2/20/08 7:19 AM

while I agree with the above post, that whatever causes the textile to smell may retain a residual of the product, and that product may be a health hazard. I don't recommend tossing textile because of it. Instead recycle your idea and use it for something else that won't necessarily find it next to your skin or even an item of clothing.
A decorative pillow or craft item can be constructed out of it that never actually makes contact with people. Dupioni silk is quite useful for many things. Like cutting out the bottom of, and spraying an empty kleenex tissue box with adhesive glue and pressing the fabric over the box to fit, then hot gluing a thin satin cording or other decorative trim to edges (feather boas are quite the statement for this idea). You can then cover other kleenex boxes in your home to match your decor. Same can be done to album covers or any item that can use a bit of TLC with fabric you'd just rather not wear but can't reason throwing out. If you can remove most of the odor, table runners, mantle drapes, placemats or doilies for vases, glas coasters or other furniture protectors, etc. are good ideas as well. I've even made book jackets to protect older volumes that have had a better day. Drawstring shoe bag or purse protectors for storage or multiple small drawstring bags or small pouches with snaps or velcro square closures for jewelry storage/travel, any item of value that gets little use and deserves a bit of special protective storage, you get the idea. JF

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Date: 2/20/08 7:26 AM

Quote: greco
while I agree with the above post, that whatever causes the textile to smell may retain a residual of the product, and that product may be a health hazard. I don't recommend tossing textile because of it. Instead recycle your idea and use it for something else that won't necessarily find it next to your skin or even an item of clothing.

A decorative pillow or craft item can be constructed out of it that never actually makes contact with people. Dupioni silk is quite useful for many things. Like cutting out the bottom of, and spraying an empty kleenex tissue box with adhesive glue and pressing the fabric over the box to fit, then hot gluing a thin satin cording or other decorative trim to edges (feather boas are quite the statement for this idea). You can then cover other kleenex boxes in your home to match your decor. Same can be done to album covers or any item that can use a bit of TLC with fabric you'd just rather not wear but can't reason throwing out. If you can remove most of the odor, table runners, mantle drapes, placemats or doilies for vases, glas coasters or other furniture protectors, etc. are good ideas as well. I've even made book jackets to protect older volumes that have had a better day. Drawstring shoe bag or purse protectors for storage or multiple small drawstring bags or small pouches with snaps or velcro square closures for jewelry storage/travel, any item of value that gets little use and deserves a bit of special protective storage, you get the idea. JF

to continue my thread of ideas, I forgot an idea that is really good for anyone regardless of crafting capabilities, and that's photo or picture framing. Or rather matting for around the picture or photo. A nice touch to any framing. And a seat cushion, window shade, as a textile for appliques cut outs on another textile, make your own bias trim to use on a decorative pillow, or purse, etc, etc,. JF
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Date: 2/20/08 4:22 PM

I would send a complaint to the vendor.

It could be the chemicals in the dyes. It evidently is harmful given your reaction.

I had a similar experience many years ago with green corduroy and thought it was the dye as I had also bought a piece in burgundy and it had no odor.
I had the same reaction. Eyes watering, headache and I do not have asthma or allergies.

You may never get the odor out - we have thrown out a couple products from China that we could not stand to be near.

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