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graciegreeneyes
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Amy Grace
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Posted - May 27 2008 :  6:59:23 PM  Show Profile
Any suggestions for getting the musty smell out of vintage fabric that has not been stored well?? I know I have done it before but can't remember how, will I never remember to write something down when it works? Thanks for any ideas!!
Amy Grace

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Alee
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Posted - May 27 2008 :  7:05:32 PM  Show Profile  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message
Maybe try washing, then vinegar rinse then wash again, then vinegar rinse to dry? Vinegar kills the mold and fungus spores that can cause a majority of "musty" smells and as it dries it leaves an indescribable "sweet" smell behind.

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aimeeravae
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Aimee
Deer River MN
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Posted - May 27 2008 :  8:32:25 PM  Show Profile
I agree with Alee on the vinegar. I would also line dry on a sunny, still day. Let it get warm, but not whip around.

Aimee
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electricdunce
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Karin
Belmont ME
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Posted - May 27 2008 :  8:44:08 PM  Show Profile
I find a little borax often helps, and sometimes you can get the spots out by applying lemon juice and hanging the fabric out to dry. Vinegar is great stuff too.

Karin

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graciegreeneyes
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Amy Grace
Rosalia WA
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Posted - Jun 02 2008 :  07:25:57 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for all the ideas farmgirls!!
I appreciate it. I was given a whole bunch of canning jars this year and in the bottom of a plastic garbage can filled with canning jars there were some fabrics. I want to give them as a gift to a friend who taught me to sew - they are her style, very early 70's cotton prints - but who wants a smelly gift. I am off to try some vinegar.....

Edited by - graciegreeneyes on Jun 02 2008 07:26:22 AM
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abbasgurl
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Rhonda

USA
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Posted - Jun 02 2008 :  10:16:25 AM  Show Profile
If that doesn't do it, a little "Lysol" brand liquid cleaner in the wash will take out most any icky smell. I've even gotten out stale cigarette smoke using it. Good luck!

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