removing febreze / smoke from non washable garments

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Dusty Butterfly, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Dusty Butterfly

    Dusty Butterfly Registered Guest

    I have several pieces that have an awful odor of febreze mixed with cigarette smoke. The person I bought them from pulled a fast one on me and somehow I didn't smell either smoke or febreze when I bought them, but once I got everything home and started hanging them up I began to get a headache, lump in my throat, watery eyes and worst of all I became so irritable that I just felt like trashing everything.

    I know febreze has endocrine disrupting ingredients, and some would argue carcinogens, so I know to avoid it personally but how do I deal with these clothes - most of which are not washable? I'm working with a super tight budget so I can't just throw them out...I need to sell them.

    I've tried airing them out in the sun, and that seemed to help at first but later the smell came back. Today I'm trying vodka on a couple of velvet maxi skirts, but so far the smell is just the same. My dry cleaners have ruined so many things in exchange for my hard earned money, that I'm afraid to drop anything off again, and I'm out of ideas. The smell is just sickening. I hate working with these pieces because they make me feel sick all day, I just want a solution... please help if you have any ideas!
  2. catseyevintage

    catseyevintage Trade Member

    Sometimes freezing helps remove odors - but it usually takes more than one three days in the freezer, three day off, then three days back in the freezer cycles. I've also heard using clean kitty litter can help but haven't tried that personally. There are many suggestions on the internet if you google how to remove cigarette smoke odor from clothes or fabrics.
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  3. MaryLC

    MaryLC Registered Guest

    I've had good luck with the freezer cycle as Debbie has described above and in-between I've put the clothes in a sealed bag with an open box of baking soda. I've never had good luck with vinegar. That's always made things smell worse to me.
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  4. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  5. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

    See if a dry-cleaner near you does ozone treatments. It's not too bad price wise and it's easy on the clothing. They just hang on hangers in a room for 3 days while they do the ozone treatment. It did wonders on some 1920s and 30s dresses I had that really smelled of must and perfume.
  6. Dusty Butterfly

    Dusty Butterfly Registered Guest

    Thanks all. I'm afraid my freezer is too small for all the stuff I have to deodorize it would take too long, so I'm still trying high proof vodka in direct sunlight (when I can get it), misting several times seems to help. I treated a few pieces yesterday & they do seem better. Fustians have it the worst, I guess the odors get trapped in the nap, & it just so happens I'm dealing with a lot of velvets & corduroy. Will report back.
  7. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

    You can also put in bag and hang outside in the cooler night air. I do that, using my back porch.

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