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"Re-Scenting" hand me downs

Postby moonwookie » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:37 pm

I was just redoing the budget for Burning Man, and finding myself coming up more than a little short. I started scaling back on the stuff that I wanted to do, including costumes. Then I get more overtime at work, and not two hours later I come across two big boxes full of clothes set out by my building's trash dumpster. No questions asked, not even a cursory glance to see what was in them - I immediately grabbed them and looked them over when I got back from work.

Unfortunately, much of it was made for a 90 pound female munchkin, so I would be hard pressed to get any use out of it, but there were a number of cool scarves that would work as dust barriers (including an animal print one that would work beautifully with my zebra body hair dye job idea), plus one knee-length black sweater without sleeves that would make such a great part of a late-night chill preventer outfit.

My major problem at this point is getting rid of the lingering scent of the previous owner's perfume (or perfumes, which is worse), especially the sweater. Has anyone else had this problem? All those men brave enough to think outside of the box and wear something designed for women? They do get all the coolest fabrics and most brilliant colors after all.

Now, if I can just develop enough sewing skill to turn those two identically-sized blue and white pinstripe dresses into a pair of flowing pants.
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Postby Savannah » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:57 pm

I would wash everything on cold with good detergent and dump maybe a cup &a half of white vinegar into the wash water. Vinegar tends to neutralize scents. It won't smell like vinegar after the rinse cycle.

If anything seems delicate or shrinkable turn it inside out--like the scarves--& consider zipping it into a lingerie bag (large one-stop shopping stores have them cheap near the ironing boards; dollar stores like Daiso sometimes have them cheaper) or put them in a clean pillowcase and rubberband it closed; THEN put in the washer. Don't use the dryer. Hang scarves or delicates in the shower to dry, if you have no drying rack + basement or similar. You could also handwash, although that requires patience.

I don't generally dry sweaters flat like I'm supposed to . . . I often fold a sweater over at the waist and hang it over a thick hanger (or two).

I might be uncomfortable about clothes put out by the dumpster, so if you have any reason to worry about bugs, do some googling. :lol: Sometimes you can tell a previous owner wanted someone else to have the chance to enjoy the items, but sometimes the items were actually meant for the trash.
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Re: "Re-Scenting" hand me downs

Postby moonwookie » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:02 pm

I wasn't too concerned about that kind of funkiness - if for no other reason than 90% of it was boutique stuff (the most common label was BCBG MaxAzria).

Fortunately the sweater is pretty stretchy, so I probably don't have to worry too much about ruining it, but there's always a risk, especially with a man who promptly forgot everything his mother taught him about laundry as soon as he went away to college...:)
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Postby delle » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:02 pm

I found this: http://www.getsmellout.com/how_to_get_smell_out_of_wool

Now all you need is a really simple pattern for your pants.
This is a must.


Gah. Hadn't considered bugs!
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Postby Savannah » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:04 pm

Okay, but seriously . . . don't chuck it in the dryer. :)
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Re: "Re-Scenting" hand me downs

Postby moonwookie » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:09 pm

It's times like these I wish I had some kind of tailor's dummy...
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Re: "Re-Scenting" hand me downs

Postby delle » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:18 pm

Make one.

Don a long tshirt & some boxers you don't care for

Have a friend ducttape the shit outta you (as high or low as you need to go)

cut it off (unders included... hence the lack of caring)

Retape it -- stuff it with stuff, sticking it on a pole or hanger, depending.....


I had one of these hanging from the rafters here for about a year.

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Re: "Re-Scenting" hand me downs

Postby delle » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:21 pm

Ok, this person just totally cheated by using more interesting materials....

http://paulaobrien.wordpress.com/2011/0 ... right-way/
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Postby Savannah » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:19 pm

Wow! :)
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Re: "Re-Scenting" hand me downs

Postby BBadger » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:15 am

If you remember just one thing about washing clothes and not ruining them: heat = damage; use cold water if you can.

So try to wash the clothes using cold water, and avoid using a heated dryer if possible.

Oh yeah, and that goes for washing out blood too, though for different reasons: always use cold water or it sets in.
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Postby unjonharley » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:57 am

A clown vest come to me from a heavy!!! smoker..

It hung in the open air shop for a long time.. No smokey..

Did the same for a friend s jacket that boy cat sprayed.. It worked too..

Sun light fades color, Hang in the shade.. It's the ozone that dose the job.
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:46 am

I wonder if oxyclean would do it as well.
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Postby delle » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:48 am

...or Febreeze?
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Postby unjonharley » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:31 am

oxyclean is good for removing protein like blood and grass stains..

febreez is only good to cover odor..
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:25 pm

So I was researching how to get the soda smell out of my homebrew kegs and people suggested alcohol and baking soda (not together). Might try soaking them in baking soda/hot water. Or soaking in rubbing alcohol/crappy vodka. :D
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Postby unjonharley » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:19 pm

mudpuppy000 wrote:So I was researching how to get the soda smell out of my homebrew kegs and people suggested alcohol and baking soda (not together). Might try soaking them in baking soda/hot water. Or soaking in rubbing alcohol/crappy vodka. :D



Vinegar over night should do.. Then fill with water, another over night
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Postby BBadger » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:38 pm

mudpuppy000 wrote:So I was researching how to get the soda smell out of my homebrew kegs and people suggested alcohol and baking soda (not together). Might try soaking them in baking soda/hot water. Or soaking in rubbing alcohol/crappy vodka. :D


I've heard of people using salt + rubbing alcohol for cleaning up their smoking implements. I used that particular combo to get the yeast smell out of those plastic yeast vials for beer brewing. It might be that the salt just acts as an abrasive though.
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Postby Savannah » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:57 pm

BBadger wrote:If you remember just one thing about washing clothes and not ruining them: heat = damage; use cold water if you can.

So try to wash the clothes using cold water, and avoid using a heated dryer if possible.

Oh yeah, and that goes for washing out blood too, though for different reasons: always use cold water or it sets in.


A hydrogen peroxide soak followed by a soap pre-treatment & cold water wash also gets out blood.

unjonharley wrote:A clown vest come to me from a heavy!!! smoker..

It hung in the open air shop for a long time.. No smokey..


I hang smoky clothes outside, too. 2+ days in the shade with the wind going through it--works wonders.
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Postby Sham » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:02 pm

Some smells will just never come out.
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Re: "Re-Scenting" hand me downs

Postby BBadger » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:49 am

Savannah wrote:
BBadger wrote:Oh yeah, and that goes for washing out blood too, though for different reasons: always use cold water or it sets in.


A hydrogen peroxide soak followed by a soap pre-treatment & cold water wash also gets out blood.


Doesn't the hydrogen peroxide have a bleaching effect though?
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Postby Savannah » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:18 am

BBadger wrote:
Savannah wrote:
BBadger wrote:Oh yeah, and that goes for washing out blood too, though for different reasons: always use cold water or it sets in.


A hydrogen peroxide soak followed by a soap pre-treatment & cold water wash also gets out blood.


Doesn't the hydrogen peroxide have a bleaching effect though?


Not that I have seen yet, but it certainly sounds possible. Caution is clearly warranted . . .
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:58 am

FYI, OxiClean and Hydrogen Peroxide pretty much do the same thing chemically, so if one works, so will the other.
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Postby ygmir » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:12 am

BBadger wrote:Oh yeah, and that goes for washing out blood too, though for different reasons: always use cold water or it sets in.

Savannah wrote:
BBadger wrote:
Savannah wrote:A hydrogen peroxide soak followed by a soap pre-treatment & cold water wash also gets out blood.


Doesn't the hydrogen peroxide have a bleaching effect though?


Not that I have seen yet, but it certainly sounds possible. Caution is clearly warranted . . .




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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:54 pm

Okay, you entity known collectively as "Heloise"--fart smell from wheelchair cushions?
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Postby unjonharley » Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:54 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Okay, you entity known collectively as "Heloise"--fart smell from wheelchair cushions?


I would suggest getting a spare.. Hang one out on the porch while farting on the other. Who the hell want to sniff your cushion??
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:03 pm

unjonharley wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:Okay, you entity known collectively as "Heloise"--fart smell from wheelchair cushions?


I would suggest getting a spare.. Hang one out on the porch while farting on the other. Who the hell want to sniff your cushion??

I hope I never learn the answer to that question.
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Postby BBadger » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:44 pm

But what would the fetish be named? Abasio-cyclo-throno-eproctophilia?


I dunno... I just cobbled that shit together.
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Postby Savannah » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:40 pm

unjonharley wrote:Hang one out on the porch, while farting on the other.


Sig-worthy.
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:49 am

Hmmm, not sure how it'd work on cushions, but the baking soda/hot water worked on my soda kegs. I had to change out the rubber seals though, as they seemed to absorb all the soda smell.
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Postby BBadger » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:27 am

mudpuppy000 wrote:Hmmm, not sure how it'd work on cushions, but the baking soda/hot water worked on my soda kegs. I had to change out the rubber seals though, as they seemed to absorb all the soda smell.


Yeah, I've never found any method to remove a smell from rubber seals. Baking soda, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, salt, vinegar... nothing seems to work.
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