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« on: June 25, 2005 07:17:38 PM »

I have an old hat-box style trunk that I'm planning on turning into a bag for myself, but I have one major problem. The box REALLY smells.
I did rescue it from the garbage, so I think that might have something to do with it, but even after a thorough cleaning, the inside still smells terrible.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of the stench ?
The outside is fine, it's just the inside that smells and since I plan on decorating the inside later and actually using the bag, I really need the smell gone.
Any help would be much appreciated..

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2005 09:31:19 PM »

not sure what'll help - maybe something that'll absorb the odor like plain kitty litter or something.  Or call a luggage store and see if they have any solutions for getting rid of odors.  Is there a spot that you can see?  Is it something on the inside, outside or just all over?  Maybe some baking soda (like everyone uses for the fridge)?

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2005 09:36:36 PM »

Try Fabreze and then a dryer sheet.

I know that if you put it in a ziploc bag in the freezer overnight it will kill any odor causing bacteria.  Good luck!
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2005 09:39:16 PM »

I know it sounds weird.  But surround it with newspaper and leave overnight.  The newspaper will absorb the odors.

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2005 06:39:41 PM »

Thanks for all the help...Mireneh, unfortunately there is no spot that I can see....I think if there is it might be in the lining....and Princess Sarah, thanks for the idea of putting it in the freezer, but unfortunately it is a bit too big to fit.....I will have to try that the next time I buy second hand shoes though
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2005 06:57:51 PM »

you might just have to take out the insides and re-line it. I have cats, and sometimes pee smells won't come out of certain fabrics. If you have a problem getting the smell out, then that's the only solution I can think of. Pluss, you have creative freedom when it comes to lining the thing! Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2005 07:15:11 PM »

Try putting a bowlful of baking soda in the trunk.  Close it and forget about it for a couple of weeks.  My boss gives me wooden cigar boxes that reek of tobacco and a cupcake paper full of baking soda deodorizes them in about that period of time.

Good luck with it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2005 07:41:53 PM »

To get interesting odors out of plastic dishes (Tupperware), line them with newspaper, add some kitty litter and put it inside a garbage bag and tie it closed for three weeks.  It works with plastic so thinking it should work for that.   Good Luck!

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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2005 05:59:35 AM »

It wouldn't hurt to let the sun beat on it for a few days - either before or after the newspaper, kitty litter, or baking soda treatment - all likely to help.    Take it in at night to avoid dew, cats, or unexpected rain. 


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