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« 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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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2004 09:38:02 AM »

I will be trying these tips soon!  I have some great things that i have never used cuz of that funky smell. Thanks sooooo much for posting this grand bit of info SmileySmiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2004 03:47:09 PM »

I use a hefty dose of vinegar in the rinse.  Then, if possible, I dry the clothes outside in the sun.  

I'll have to give the tea tree oil a try on those persistent old-guy smells, though.  Whew!

« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2004 10:32:54 AM »

I dont mind the smell so all i do is hang the clothes next to and open window for a while.
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2004 11:30:07 AM »

  I've heard that freezing the stuff can help but I've never tried this  Huh

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