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#1 Jennifer in MI

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:40 PM

Remember my thread yesterday about the family who had a house fire? They brought over some clothing to see if we could wash out the smoke smell. I just can't seem to get it out! Can someone help me out?

All I've done so far is run a load through the washer. It still smelled bad. Should I try running it through the dryer or would that just set the smell? I tried googling and all I really got was that a professional should be called in. They need clothes now!! I'll keep searching, but I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone knew more!

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:48 PM

http://answers.yahoo...23080123AAQUJdO

I found this. It might be helpful.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:52 PM

Thank you! Who'da thunk that vodka would work! Hey - a sip for me, a sip for the washer. This could be the best wash day EVER!!

Thanks!!

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:52 PM

Thank you! Who'da thunk that vodka would work! Hey - a sip for me, a sip for the washer. This could be the best wash day EVER!!

Thanks!!


:lol: Cheers! Hic

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:27 PM

Odoban. I buy it at Sam's Club. It has gotten urine smells (puppy training), and cigarette smells out of clothes and furniture.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:54 PM

When dh was in college, his house had a fire. All of his clothes smelled like smoke. The only thing that worked was having everything dry-cleaned. I hope the other remedies work for you, though. I think if I used vodka...the washer wouldn't get very much right about now. :D

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:17 PM

The week before I got married, my aunt's house burned just about to the ground. This was 2001. Dh and I were on a week-long honeymoon, and then moved to the same city as she. I helped with cleanup, and there were two lifesavers for their clothes.

1. Oxyclean. Mix it at about 4x as dense as recommended, or pretend it's the only clothes washing detergent you own. Expensive, but highly effective.

2. For smoke STAINS, on clothes and EVERYTHING ELSE, McDonald's degreaser. :lol: I know, so helpful, eh? Check Sam's or other wholesalers for industry strength degreasers and floor cleaners.


FWIW, all of the scrapbooks they'd put together survived. The page protectors melted shut at the tops, and the pages were preserved inside the plastic. Any pictures that weren't on scrapbook pages or in page protectors were lost. Anything they tried to use to clean them erased picture ink as well; professional restorers apologized and sent them home. Plastic sleeves at least, save your memories. FWIW.

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 10:43 AM

I have 2 fake fur vests that say dry clean only.Theyare brand new and I don't want to throw them in the wash.How Can I clean them with vinegar and not be in the wash?

Edited by Gracie24, 10 December 2009 - 10:45 AM.



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