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Date: 10/31/12 5:11 AM

Hi everyone.

I inherited a few spools of sewing thread from my grandma. Some of them are brand new, but the problem is they stink. They smell really old and dusty with a hint of cigarette stench. I have been airing them out for a week, but they still smell quite bad.
Is it possible to wash the whole spool in the washing machine? I'm worried about what will happen to the cardboard cones though.
Is there any other way to get the stench out? Or should I just throw them out?

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Date: 10/31/12 8:05 AM

I am not sure about washing them because I am not sure how they would dry.

There are discussions here about getting odor out of fabric. Here is one I remember -- put in a bag with crumpled newspaper or charcoal. If I find the discussion, I will link it

hopefully others will provide tips

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Date: 10/31/12 9:11 AM

Hello Maychi. Nice to see a new country here on PR, and Slovenia is close to my heart. I wouldn't wash them because of the difficulty of trying to dry them, having the thread come off the spools, etc. What I can suggest is that you place them in a zippered plastic bag with about 2 tablespoons (large spoons) of baking soda. Seal the bag and leave the spools in there for about a week before you remove them.

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Date: 10/31/12 9:44 AM

I had a big freezer that failed on me once and the ONLY way I finally got rid of the truly awful smell inside (after I'd cleaned it out very thoroghtly) was to move it outside into the sun and fresh air.
You could try that with your threads although if they are cotton I'd not leave them outside more than a few hours.
It's worth a try.

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Date: 10/31/12 10:11 AM

Fresh ground coffee is a wonderful odor absorber.

Failing all the above suggestions, try placing your thread in a plastic bag with a container of dry ground coffee in the bottom and seal it shut with tape. Allow to remain undisturbed for a week or so. After opening, any lingering odor of ground coffee will quickly fade away.

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Date: 10/31/12 11:32 AM

The coffee sounds wonderful. would this make them smell like coffee? If it does, I might try that with my office computer. right now it smells like accountant which isn't very motivational... ever...

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Date: 10/31/12 11:36 AM

They may not be worth saving.
See if the thread breaks too easily.

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Date: 10/31/12 11:38 AM

When the garment is finished.... washing the garment will take
care of the smell

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Date: 10/31/12 11:48 AM

Using really old thread can be tricky. I have had mixed results. Sometimes the thread worked out OK, but most often it would break.
Unwind some of the thread then pull and see how much effort it takes before the thread breaks. Take a new spool of thread and do the same thing. This will give you an idea of what kind of strength a good thread should have. If you old thread does not have the same amount of strength then I would not use it.

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Date: 10/31/12 12:50 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions. I checked them for the strength and tossed a few spools immediately. There are a few that are still strong and worth saving IMO. I'll try the baking soda and coffee advice and see what happens.

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