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29-08-2005
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helena...
i find that the steam actually releases and intensifies the odour...



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yes you might be right - as i said I do it mainly to get rid of creases (esp. on holiday & I have no iron).

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so you're postitive it would bleed or be ruined in water? you'd be surprised what i've washed in water....antique silk peasant blouses, wool gabardine '40s jackets, voile '30s dresses. I know, it sounds crazy, but its true. after I do a cold water rinse in mild soap & water, i take it to the dry-cleaners for a press, and even the jackets and coats turn out beautifully.

depends on how much you paid for it though. sounds like the ysl blouse might bleed. use your best judgement on this one...

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I bought a Vivienne Westwood jacket recently & it absolutely reeked of the woman's pungent incense filled shop mixed with "that vintage smell".

I looked up tips on getting rid of it, and someone said hang it outside in the sun. Don't know why the sun is an important part of it, but after 3 days of it hanging outside, the smell has almost gone. Not completely, but almost...so maybe another few days will rid it of the odour entirely.

Maybe you could try this, then have it dry cleaned?

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thanks everyone...
so far...hanging it outside in the sun has been the most successful...
so crazy...it's so basic...i just thought there must be SOME other way...

henriette...i know what you mean...
i wash all my cashmere and lots of things you aren't 'supposed' to...
but sometimes you just can't...you know?...
like with a coat or blzr...
and sometiimes there is a finish on the fabric that would be ruined by laundering...

i usually only buy vintage that i can machine or hand wash to 'disinfect' it...
but i'd like to have more options, you know?..

thanks again everyone...
*goes to hang some stuff outside...*



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I agree w. all of helena's suggestions that's what I do as well..

but something just struck me..if there is an "off" smell in the refigerator and cleaning it doesn't remove it ..adding wet coffee grime (?) "swallows" up the smell..maybe you could conceal the item in a box w. a cup of wet coffee beans..then again it might just end up smelling of coffee instead..which I guess is a lot better than the smell of vintage mushiness.

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yes...
good idea hanne...
i think i do have to stuff it in a box with something that will absorb the smell somehow...
helena suggested that too...but lavendar doesn't agree with me...
wet coffee grinds is actually a very clever idea...
as long as i can keep them off the garments......


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I never knew of the coffee grinds trick Learn something new everyday! We've always used baking soda...

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Quote:
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I never knew of the coffee grinds trick Learn something new everyday! We've always used baking soda...
Dont get too carried away Curious..I'm not sure it will work..but it's worth a try :p

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well...
we KNOW it works in the FRIDGE...

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Sorry I used the wrong word... I meant vinegar (don't ask why I used the word etiquette) Just soak your clothing in water where is a little pit of vinegar, keep them there for a while then to the washing machine or wash it by hand... It does really work good. The smell was gone!

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what if after you hang it out you fold it up with some dryer sheets? or is that just another masking of the problem like febreeze?

(i just know i put dryer sheets in my drawers and everything always smells nice.)

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oh....another good idea...

THANKS cupkate...!!

i want to try all of these at some point...

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Not all at once, Softie! Another scent issue :p

No worries, Hanne! I won't go crazy

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^^......

i know...
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one at a time...i'll report back...:p

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