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    How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

    My daughter designs ballet and dance costumes. The neighbor no longer sews but gave her lots of usable fabric for her costumes. The only bad thing is it smells. It has a musty, stored in a garage for too long smell. Is there anyway to get the smell out so she can use the fabric and not have to throw it away?
    Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
    Maya Angelou

    ~Megan~

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    Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

    I have had good luck with hanging things out in the sun, leaving it out overnight so the dew moistens it may help too. Or, put in a bag with newspapers, they should absorb the smell, charcoal would work too, but it may get on the fabric.
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      #3
      Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

      Be careful when hanging fabric in the sun, always hang it so the backside of the fabric is facing the sun, or fold it in half if at all possible, backside out. I had some fabric fade when I hung it outside to air out...and it was only out for maybe an hour.

      I just hang fabric in the house now, over the backs of chairs...seems to do the trick for me.
      ~Mary
      As ye sew, so shall ye rip.

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        #4
        Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

        Febreeze? Laundry? Air Fluff in the Dryer?
        Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
        it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

        "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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          #5
          Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

          ok this is going to sound bad but...... peel an onion and pop it in a bag with the fabric. Works a treat and doesnt make the fabric smell of onion if you dont cut it. This is an old cat owners trick. Thats an old trick and a trick for owners of old cats lol. If you cat has an 'accident ' on the carpet, cut an onion in half and place it directly on the spot. It will leech out the smell and discourage the cat from returning. You have to leave the onion there for a couple of days. Based on this trick i tried it as discribed in a bag of niffy fabric and it was brilliant.
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            #6
            Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

            Great, thank you. I will pass these on to her!
            Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
            Maya Angelou

            ~Megan~

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              #7
              Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

              Would the onion trick work on an old musty trunk? I have tried everything, but removing the antique paper, which I think is the source of the musty smell. It would be worth a try. The trunk came across country in a covered wagon with family and I really hate to change the paper out, but it is worthless to store anything in as is! Any idea if this would work, Divine Daisy?

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                #8
                Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

                There is a special laundry detergent made for items that have survived a fire but I can't remember the name of it, I could ask my daughter. But also, she told me that the Arm & Hammer Detergent with baking soda works really well and is inexpensive. They used it on alot of clothing items that survived the fire and got musty sitting in the burned out house.
                Good luck!
                Patti
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                  #9
                  Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

                  its worth a try to out an onion in the trunk....it certainly wouldnt hurt. i dont know how a long long term smell will respond but hey.......couldnt be worse eh? My Granny used to say an onion cured all smells.....except onion lol. i do wonder though if its the paper and has been caused by the paper getting damp at some point.. maybe it wont help. Have you tried leaving the trunk open in the sun? Maybe a day in the sun would work by totally drying and airing it. Both worth a try if you cant use it for anything at present. good luck! hugs
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                    #10
                    Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

                    Thanks Divine Daisy. Will try both! Great ideas!

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                      #11
                      Re: How do you remove musty smell from fabric?

                      Somehow that onion intrigues me! I'll try it.
                      Susan

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