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Old 07-04-2008, 06:16 PM   #1
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My mother recently unlaoded some of her stash on me. The problem is that she is a smoker. They STINK and I don't know what to do about it. I used Fabrize on the very small skiens and it worked ok on some but not on others. I have a whole grocery bag of yarn that has yet to be treated. How should I take care of it?

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Old 07-04-2008, 06:50 PM   #2
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You could try washing it in cold water and putting it outside to air dry. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:04 PM   #3
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I would skein the yarns, then tie them off in several places, like you would to dye them. Then give them all a good soak in soapy water with a touch of vinegar to help with the stink. Hang them out to dry. If they still stink after they are dry, another technique is to take a large bin, place kitty litter with a baking soda additive, layer paper (unprinted newspaper works best) place the dry yarn on the paper and put the lid on. Let it sit for a few day to a week. This should get it all out. Whatever is still stinky, I would donate to goodwill if you still can't stand it.
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:46 PM   #4
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I bought some yarn from a going out of business sale. I got it home and it smelt musty. I put it in plastic bags and added fabric sheets. I put it away for a while, maybe about 2 weeks. It is good as new now. Hope this helps out.

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Old 07-04-2008, 11:19 PM   #5
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If you took up smoking you wouldn't notice
Or you could find a smoker *cough, cough* and donate it to HIM.

I don't know how you'd wash skeins but there are plenty of scent killer soaps found in the hunting isles at department stores in the fall.

You could try a spray on scent killer but I found those to not last as long as the soaps.
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