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Anybody know how to get the "old" smell out of woo

Postby C.f.M. » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:14 am

It might be a wool blend, but I'm fairly certain it pre-dates such an idea.

Tried:

dry + fabric softener sheet
coating it in baking soda
hanging it outside in the sun + febreeze

I reeeeeeaaaaaalllllly want to turn it into my "playa coat," but just cannot get the musty smell gone... :cry:
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:19 am

Did you wash it? Dry clean? Exorcism?
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Postby C.f.M. » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:25 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:Did you wash it? Dry clean? Exorcism?


Don't want to risk ruining it...last time I took something to a dry cleaners, to get rid of the odor, they refused to take it.
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Postby Boijoy » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:26 am

I had the same problem with a leopard print faux coat. I never did get the musty smell or the grimy feel off of it. I ended up getting rid of it.
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Call a dry cleaner & see what they recommend. I was told the febreeze & sunlight thing. didn't work AND I live in Nevada.
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Postby illy dilly » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:29 am

Maybe instead of getting rid of the odor, change it to something else (not patchouli). Maybe get some lavender oil or something, mix it with water in the bath tube and let it soak for a while.
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Postby Sail Man » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:31 am

Hmmm, hang it in a smokehouse with some nice mesquite? :lol:
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Postby illy dilly » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:40 am

Sail Man wrote:Hmmm, hang it in a smokehouse with some nice mesquite? :lol:

That sounds pretty good too!
Actually, maybe not. If i walked around smelling like misquote all day, I'd end up eating tell I puked.
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Postby C.f.M. » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:40 am

I reckon I'll try a dry cleaner again...and wish I could fix the title of the thread! Smell out of woo...a problem on the playa.

(vagina)

I don't know how I'd get some other funk on it - might compound it. No water. If I could wash it, I could throw some white vinegar in and take care of it. I'm skeert of getting the wool wet. Even hand washing cold, I've had poor results in the past.
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Postby C.f.M. » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:41 am

I hate smelling like misquote. I always do my best to provide sources. :wink:
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Postby Fire_Moose » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:46 pm

I thought it was gonna be "How do i get the old smell outta wood?"


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Postby motskyroonmatick » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:50 pm

http://www.wikihow.com/Wash-Wool

Perhaps this will be helpful.
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Postby C.f.M. » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:07 pm

motskyroonmatick wrote:http://www.wikihow.com/Wash-Wool

Perhaps this will be helpful.


Yeah, I've washed wool, but it didn't turn out so great.

"I'm skeert of getting the wool wet. Even hand washing cold, I've had poor results in the past."

I think I'm going to try another dry cleaner - the one I went to before isn't in business anymore, sooooo...
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Postby gyre » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:31 pm

Ask around about dry cleaners.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:55 pm

C.f.M. wrote:Yeah, I've washed wool, but it didn't turn out so great.


Doesn't seem too great as it is.
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Postby ConnieH » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:01 pm

maybe try spraying a mist of white vinegar on it, instead of soaking it?

Or lightly steam with scented water? I don't think a light steam would shrink it, so long as you were careful not to get it soaking wet.

Incense smoke??
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Postby crstophr » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:10 pm

A few years ago I bought a commercial ozone machine. These things produce shock levels of O3. O3 does a great job of breaking down and oxidizing organic molecules, and because it's in gas form it can penetrate walls, floors, fabrics, etc. It has a half life of about 20 minutes and quickly disperses with a little time and/or airing out. Theses things produce toxic levels of ozone so you have to get pets, plants, and people out of the treatment area. We love this little machine. It kills the strongest odors, and leaves a slight "bleach like" odor for about a day (remnant o3) .. then... nothing, no odors at all. It'll kill litter box, pet accidents, smoke, and it's fantastic at killing mold, etc. It won't kill some odors (like odor masking sprays =(). It doesn't hurt our furniture, electronics, or clothing. If you attach a hose to it, and feed it into a tupperware tub with a lid, you can put your clothing inside for a nice, contained, high dose, treatment. Your musty smell sounds like mold to me. This would be a great way to get rid of it.
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Postby Bob » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:28 am

Let a hippie wear it for a month, it won't smell the same.
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Postby Elorrum » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:14 am

Fire_Moose wrote:I thought it was gonna be "How do i get the old smell outta wood?"

Funny, me too. then I thought, what does old wood smell like, and is it a playa dust issue? I haven't a clue as to an answer, sorry. I thought outdoors and sun... maybe days of it. Or a giant ziploc and a sachet or cedar?
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Postby C.f.M. » Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:11 am

ConnieH wrote:maybe try spraying a mist of white vinegar on it, instead of soaking it?

Or lightly steam with scented water? I don't think a light steam would shrink it, so long as you were careful not to get it soaking wet.

Incense smoke??


Ah yes! Spritz with vinegar, good idea!

In my (vast) experience steaming vintage stuff, it really brings out whatever latent odor is hiding in the fabric. And, again, wet heat + wool...dunno.

"Let a hippie wear it for a month, it won't smell the same."

Uh-no. The only thing I'm going to let a hippie wear is some bacon on their head, and lighter fluid on their feet.
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Postby ygmir » Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:53 am

and here, I clicked on this thread, thinking you were dating the old Chinese guy from "Deadwood"...............
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Postby C.f.M. » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:05 am

ygmir wrote:and here, I clicked on this thread, thinking you were dating the old Chinese guy from "Deadwood"...............


Ah yes, thanks to him, I know exactly what to do with a body.

I mean, how to get miners laundry really clean.
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Postby Token » Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:33 am

For the O3 method, find a hockey rink. They will have a service for hockey gear that uses the magic O3 machine mentioned above.

It really does work like magic.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:53 am

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Postby Bounce530 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:11 am

After a few hours on the playa it will have that funky dust smell anyway.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:18 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Image


Oddly enough, Woolite is not for wool these days. Now it's for "unmentionables" which are typically polyester.

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Postby SilverFly » Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:39 pm

There was a fire in my apartment not too long ago, and in order to get the smoke out of the clothes I salvaged, we doused my clothes in baking soda and put in the washer with white vinegar and alcohol. We first used some moonshine (yes - moonshine) that my stepfather had, then downgraded to Georgi. I'm sure you can use rubbing alcohol as well. This process worked for most of my clothes. I'm not sure how it will work with wool but it's a different suggestion from the others.
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Postby misfit » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:21 pm

biological sprays such as medi-aire. we use them in our rigs to kill odors, and yes we use them on wool blankets with no spotting to fabric. even took the smell of death out of a leather jacket... :shock:
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Postby C.f.M. » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:48 pm

misfit wrote:biological sprays such as medi-aire. we use them in our rigs to kill odors, and yes we use them on wool blankets with no spotting to fabric. even took the smell of death out of a leather jacket... :shock:


Is that something commercially available?
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:49 pm

Surely your SCA buddies wash woolen costumes on regular basis. I sure do.
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