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Date: 7/11/13 4:55 PM

I scored some from an Estate sale.
Some were smoky, some just that grandma-house smell. Yes, well, there are different types of grandma houses...!

I washed all in detergent and a scoop of Oxy-Clean, then dry in the sun. I don't intend to put any in the dryer after sewing, so nothing will bake in. This worked for knits, lace, cottons,
sheers.

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Date: 7/11/13 5:43 PM

Another option for removing smells in laundry and fabics is Washing Soda. This is NOT baking soda, but is a stronger soda-type chemical. You can use it in the laundry and as a household cleaner.

Rumor has it that it is one of the ingredients of Oxy-Clean. Disclaimer: There's nothing wrong with Oxy-Clean; I like Oxy-Clean, it's good stuff, whatever they put in it.

If your local grocery store or chain drug store carries washing soda (not all do), you'll find it in the laundry detergent section, usually right next to the Borax.

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Bonus: Easy household spray cleaner recipe. In a 1 quart spray bottle, put 1 tablespoon Borax, 1 teaspoon Washing Soda. Add some warm water and swish and shake to dissolve the Borax and Washing soda. Add a small amount of liquid dish-washing detergent (Dawn or whatever you have), no more than 1/8-teaspoon. Fill the bottle to the top with water and shake gently to mix. Spray surface to be cleaned. Wait a minute or so for the cleaner to break up the soil. Wipe clean with cloth, sponge or paper towels.

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Date: 7/11/13 7:17 PM

I love those tips, CM_Sews (also gramma b's tip ). Although I'm pretty sure I haven't seen washing soda in the stores here for some time, so I googled it and found out some other people can't find it either... BUT you can make your own washing soda out of baking soda, just by heating it. Here's the information -- I should add the disclaimer that this is the first I've heard of this and I know nothing about the person who posted it. But I'm still going to try it.

Homemade Washing Soda

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Date: 7/12/13 0:58 AM

Borax is also great at getting the fresh smell. Used it with diapers when the kids were little.

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Date: 7/12/13 6:33 AM

I love Borax. Sometimes it helps to let things soak in it for awhile.

Washing soda is good, too, but it's pretty alkaline --I've used it in papermaking to cook fibers to help break them down into paper pulp--so I wouldn't use it as a soak for any length of time.

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Date: 7/12/13 8:34 AM

When I bring clothing and bed sheets from my Dad's house, I wash them in detergent, Oxy clean and White Vinegar. Really cuts through the odors.

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Date: 7/12/13 4:56 PM

Theater costumers spray costumes for body odor between performances with cheap 100% clear vodka. Most costumes in theater are almost couture quality, and it doesn't seem to hurt them.

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Date: 7/12/13 10:10 PM

My two go to de-funk-ify.....100% vodka on dry clean/not going to wash things......white vinegar in the fabric softener section for the first wash, and vinegar instead of detergent, as well as fabric softener......works most times...

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Subject: I've used the vodka - it works better than Febreeze. In desperation, I used PineSol Date: 7/12/13 10:23 PM

After Katrina, I had to wash our sweaty clothing, towels, wet curtains, wet rugs all out by hand, using water pulled from the swimming pool. Bleach was out of the question - colored clothing, and we needed it to clean other things (like fridges and questionable water). I used a mixture of what was available in the house - liquid Tide and PineSol. When the electricity and water returned, I continued to use it (we were all worried about black mold). I'd use about 1/2 cup of pure PineSol added the the regular amount of Tide. I also didn't put as many clothes into the washing machine.

Later on, my MIL gave me some Odo-Ban (from Sam's Club). I didn't think it worked nearly as well as the PineSol.
It seemed to work - clean (in spite of the water quality) and didn't stink. I recommended it to a neighbor, who had water damage in a storage shed. She was able to save most of the blankets and quilts.



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Date: 7/20/13 7:36 PM

Soaking. I used Borax, Soda (Baking and Washing) and Vinegar, but I could still detect the odor of urine when pulling items from the dryer. A long soak with a little detergent and some baking soda did better than a quick wash with anything.

And for dry clean items or really tough odors, LIGHTENING!. I discovered this by accident when I had a wool coat with smoky odors. I hung it out on the porch so long I almost forgot it was there, but the smoke still lingered. After a stormy night Presto! the smell was gone. The ozone produced by lightening strikes really zaps bad smells.

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