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Old 11-29-2005, 11:38 PM   #1
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Yarn Smells
I have some yarn...mostly wool and wool blends that has been couped up in a tote type plastic storage container for at least 10 years...It smells kind of yukky...not really musty...I do not think it was ever in my basement.
How can I rid it of the smell? I have an enclosed porch that has screens...no glass windows...should I put it out there for awhile? I live in VT so the air might be damp a little. Thank you very much for your help!
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:49 PM   #2
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try misting it with febreeze! just don't rub it while it's wet :-) (no comments!)
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:02 AM   #3
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I've had good luck with putting them into lingerie bags and tied up pillow cases, and into the dryer on air fluff with a Bounce sheet. Worked wonders on getting the Goodwill smell out of some neat fingering weight boucle I bought once.
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Originally Posted by Hildegard_von_Knittin
just don't rub it while it's wet :-) (no comments!)


.. is not a comment, thankyou.
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:10 AM   #5
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Sometimes if you put it in the sun for a while that helps, too, for some reason.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:14 AM   #6
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The sun is a natural deodorizer/antibacterial agent.

You could also try putting some sachets of cedar chips or lavender with your yarn after you've got the stink out to make sure it doesn't get stinky again.
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I just thought of something else--charcoal! Charcoal absorbs icky smells--I used to throw a couple chunks in my laundry hamper when I was in college. You could make a sachet out of baking soda, too, and stick that in your yarn basket... it will help absorb any odors, but won't add any smell.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:44 PM   #8
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Airing it out would work, but might take a while. The sun is great for deodorizing, but might also cause it to fade a little and you would have to unravel the whole ball to get all of the smell out. I personally like the dryer suggestion. Just remember to use a low heat.

If that doesn't work for you, try soaking it for 10 minutes in cold water with a few drops of vinegar mixed in. Press as much of the water out as you can with towels, then put the ball in your delicates bag/pillowcase and back in the dryer on low. Once it's dry, leave it in your porch for a day to air out and it should be good to go.
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:39 PM   #9
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I'm having a similar problem. I bought some yarn off ebay, and one of the set stinks. I don't know what the smell is, but it's ucka!
I want to use this yarn to make gifts for my mother, so I don't want it to be stinky. It's wool yarn.

My concern is that if I wash it and dry it, it will felt. I've never felted before, and I'm not exactly sure what the process entails, but I don't want my skeins to felt together.

So...any suggestions? This isn't going to be stored away for a long time or anything. I just need to do something to get the stink out. I can't even stand working with it how it is. :(

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It's not washing that felts yarn, its the agitation. Otherwise we'd never be able to wash our wool sweaters. Just gently place it in warm water with some good smelling wool wash and gently move it around. Hang it up to dry and it should be ok.
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