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    Fabric odor

    Hi, I recently purchase an art quilt on line containing batik fabrics. When I opened the kit the fabric has a very strong perfume odor. I put the fabric in a box with baking soda to see if any of the smell would disappear without any results. I put the quilt together and then put it outside in the sun which removed some of the odor but the smell is still noticeable. Does anyone have any ideas about how to get rid of the smell? Thank you!

    #2
    Re: Fabric odor

    I have heard of charcoal if you don't want to use soaps etc. I have never tried it though.

    https://www.google.com/search?ei=ebB....0.oAkTgY0w0fw
    🌺 Lorie

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      #3
      Re: Fabric odor

      If you can, leave it out in the sunshine again….maybe a day or two of sunshine. I bought curtain panels from and estate sale once that had a strong perfume smell. I put them out in the sun on a during several breezy clear days and the smell came out.

      I had a similar problem with some shirts that had a strong detergent smell. Cathy recommended soaked them in water and Dawn (the original blue one). So I soaked them 2 different days for 2 hours each time then washed as usual and the smell came out.

      Maybe Dawn would work for perfume smell.

      Good luck.
      "I'm putting together a list of 100 reasons why I am NOT relentless!" - Sue Heck, The Middle

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        #4
        Re: Fabric odor

        Not sure, but for cigarette smoke in customers quilts you can put the fabric or quilt in a large trash bag with a bar of Irish Spring soap. Will take several days to a week.......but it works.

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          #5
          Re: Fabric odor

          Irish Spring is one of the other smells like Gain I mentioned the other day. It's really strong and too stinky for me.
          🌺 Lorie

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            #6
            Re: Fabric odor

            Thank you for the link, looks like a good option.

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              #7
              Re: Fabric odor

              I would think twice about washing or getting wet an art quilt.

              I remember when my step mother sent us a lovely scrappy quilt. She and my father smoked a lot and the smell was very overpowering. I sent it to the cleaners and told them what the problem was. Money down the drain. It still smelled. I don't know why I did it, but I put it in the dryer with several dryer sheets (unscented) and a wet towel. It took the smell out.

              But, I don't know what your art quilt looks like. It may not take well to being put in the dryer. Maybe put the quilt in a garbage bag and throw in some dryer sheets and close it up for a few days.

              Hope you find something that works.
              Vonnie

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                #8
                Re: Fabric odor

                Thanks for the reply. The quilt is a McKenna Ryan quilt. I almost put it in the washer but had second thoughts! The dryer sheets sound like a good thing to try, Thank you.
                Last edited by aurora6; July 31, 2018, 04:51 AM.

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                  #9
                  Re: Fabric odor

                  Thank you for the link!

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                    #10
                    Re: Fabric odor

                    Thank you, I think I will put it outside again and see if it helps further.

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                      #11
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                      That smell is formaldhe. That’s the reason all fabrics
                      Should be washed to remove it.
                      NEEDS makes a product called Odor Buster.
                      They are small containers filled with carbon.
                      You can place your quilt in a box with these
                      Odor busters. I’ve never seen any residue from
                      them because they have a product between
                      The carbon and exterior packaging.
                      But it wouldn’t hurt to place something
                      to protect the quilt.
                      I prewash all my fabric to r move the formaldehyde .
                      I use the odor busters for used books that
                      have a musky smell. And with new sneakers.

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                        #12
                        Re: Fabric odor

                        Thank you for the information. I will look for the Odor Buster. I have tried the dryer sheets in the dryer, and placed the quilt back outside but nothing is removing the odor. I have never had any fabric smell this bad!
                        Last edited by aurora6; July 31, 2018, 11:48 AM.

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                          #13
                          Re: Fabric odor

                          I have also heard that you can crumble up newspapers and add them to a trash bag and it will usually make the smell dissipate . M.Ryan has very complicated patterns and I'd be careful with what I did too. Good Luck

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