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« on: February 01, 2007 02:39:45 PM »

Has anyone had any luck getting the smell of cigarette smoke out of yarn?  I ordered some yarn online, and I forgot to ask if it was from a smoker or not.  It was.  It looks great and I'm totally satisfied with the transaction, but now...  I need to get the smell out!!!  Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007 02:53:37 PM »

You'll have better luck de-smoking it if you unwind and rewind the yarn into a very loose skein (around the back of a chair, for instance) The only sure-fire way to get ALL the smell out is to wash the yarn... but that's awkward unless you're willing to wait and wash the finished product.

If the smell isn't too bad, a couple of good shots of fabric freshener and a decent airing will get most of it. 

If it really really smells, try putting it inside a large sealed container with a couple of cups of clay-based cat litter for a few days. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007 12:47:43 AM »

If the smell isn't too bad, a couple of good shots of fabric freshener and a decent airing will get most of it.

Especially if you can hang it outside on a sunny, breezy day. I used to be a smoker and that always worked for getting the smell out of my clothes.

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2007 06:50:41 AM »

Thanks for the help.  I think I'll try the fabric freshener idea and see how that goes.  Then, I'll knit it up and THEN I'll wash it.  I hope I can stand to work with it before then.  It's so gorgeous!  (noro always is!) 
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2007 07:20:47 AM »

Bounce dryer sheets work well, also. You can put the yarn in a container with a couple of those, also. (I've never used the cat litter...that's a great idea.) I used to smoke, also, and Bounce sheets are a smoker's best friend.

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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2007 08:20:08 AM »

I used cat litter to get the smell out of a dresser I picked up at a yard sale, and it worked wonders.  Good luck!

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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2007 10:54:27 AM »

If you plan to wind it into hanks anyway, I'd suggest washing it.  A bit of vinegar in the water can help (assuming it's a protein fiber yarn, use baking soda if it's cellulose).  And then air it well while it dries.  Someplace with good air flow and out of direct sunlight.
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