A common problem people face who shop at thrift stores and something that prevents people from purchasing thrift store items is odour. That mothball smell that reminds us of our grandmother’s attics is not attractive and makes or breaks a purchase especially if the items are not washable. Enter my green leather jacket, and lace cardigan. This jacket is amazing but smelly and after letting it “air out” for a few days it remained smelly. This lace cardigan has been washed but still smells like an attic. I love these two garments so to save them and to help you shop thrift(!) I went looking for a (cheap) home solution.
Miss Rochelle shared this conflict of smelly vintage items on twitter and I quickly found myself in a discussion with her about possible solutions. We came to the conclusion that orange peels and baking soda may work. Yes, orange peels. This fruit is very “right now” within cleaning products so I was willing to give it a go. Baking soda is the traditional deodorizer so I was hoping it would work with clothing as well.
- I bought large oranges and a box of generic baking soda (454g) saving $.40 (I’m quite thrifty).
- I chopped up two oranges (yum) and placed the peels in the bottom of a garbage bag. With the garment on a hanger I place the bag around the item and tied it at the top so it’s a bag on a hanger.
- I did the same with the baking soda but poured some freely into the bag and left the box open.
- I put the orange peel bag around the lace cardigan and the baking soda around the leather jacket
24 hours later
I opened up the lace cardigan bag and the orange peels mixed with the smell that the lace cardigan already had! Bah! Please imagine this deadly combo of mothballs AND orange. Not good!
The leather jacket was more of a success. I opened the bag and noticed the bottom half of the garment had lost most of its odour but the shoulders and collar remained smelly.
I’m going to give them one more day! I replaced the orange peels with baking soda and tied the bags tighter at the top to close in the deodorizer.
I’ll post the results tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed!
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