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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / That thrift-y smell on: February 12, 2004 08:58:48 AM
A solution to that icky thrift store smell!

Like many of you, I love to buy clothes in thrift stores and then remodel/repurpose them and/or use the material for other things.  But all too often there is that horrible musty, mildewy, too long in the basement smell that just won't come out in the washing machine or I don't want to risk the item in the washer.  So, I stumbled upon this idea.

I soaked my stuff in water with a couple of drops of tea tree oil.  And then hand washed it with regular laundry soap.  It works wonders!  (probably thanks to the anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil)  It's also colour-safe and natural (except for the soap of course).  I've also heard that you can just spray stuff with a tea tree oil and water solution and then just air dry it.

If anyone has any other solutions, please share!
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