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Removing Mothball Odor from Clothing

It is great that there is no moth damage on those clothes, but getting rid of the smell can be a challenge. This guide is about removing mothball odor from clothing.

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Removing Mothball Odor from Clothing
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March 23, 2016 Flag
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I just got a great score of vintage fabric from an old barn sale. Some smells like moth balls really badly. Most has had some mouse poop/urine on it. The latter I know a wash will fix, but the mothballs?

Vinegar is my normal go to for things of annoyance. But cold, warm, hot water? I don't want to fade it out, I just want the stench gone.
Would I be better off soaking in a mix of baking soda and vinegar?
Help. Please.

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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

Mouse urine and feces are a scare for the hantavirus. It is best to burn! Be sure to wear mask and gloves!

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July 28, 20160 found this helpful

Have do you get the moth ball silver out b your house

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July 14, 2014 Flag
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I have a fur jacket that has been handed down to me, but it smells of moth balls. How can I get rid of the smell?

By Christine S

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful

Do not put the item in your washing machine. I unfortunately went to this website first and true to the website I read after this did not work my the moth ball smell has transferred to my very expensive washing machine and ruined it. The smell is transferring to clothes I wash!!!!

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful

Do not put the item in your washing machine. I unfortunately went to this website first and true to the website I read after this did not work my the moth ball smell has transferred to my very expensive washing machine and ruined it. The smell is transferring to clothes I wash!!!!

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May 27, 2015 Flag
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I bought the most adorable purse and it arrived reeking of mothballs! The purse is made of plastic. All suggestions are appreciated!

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May 27, 20150 found this helpful

Yeah, they are stinky aren't they? You need to remove the smell rather than try to mask it... since it may only smell worse!

I would try airing it outside for as long as possible, then possibly filling the bag directly or make a cheesecloth full of baking soda, tying it shut and leaving it in the bag to absorb some of the odors. You may need to change the baking soda a few times.

Leaving it in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer with the baking soda may help as well.

Good Luck!

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March 6, 2011 Flag
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How do I get rid of the moth ball smell on clothes?

By Scott from Boise, ID

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November 25, 20140 found this helpful

I had washed this winter shirt about 5 times & could not get the smell out. You suggested vinegar & someone else also said baking powder! I did them both and it worked! Thank you so much.

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February 10, 20160 found this helpful

I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING , VINEGAR SODA HANGING IN SUN NOTHING WILL WORK

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November 4, 2010 Flag
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How can you get the smell of mothballs out of a natural sheep's-wool lining of a leather jacket?

By Fitschen from IN

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November 5, 20100 found this helpful

Just hang the item somewhere with air circulation, nearly empty closet, doorway, etc. and the odor will disappear in a few days. It might help to turn the jacket inside out.

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October 27, 20150 found this helpful

Hang it in the sun. I had no luck just hanging my things, including shearling, outside - but when they were in the sun, the smell went away. good luck

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July 27, 2013 Flag
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How do I get rid of mothball smell on clothing? I have tried lots of fresh air, but the jacket still overpowers the senses. It is dry cleanable, but I do not want to spend the money if it won't come out.

By Bobbie D

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July 29, 20130 found this helpful

Hope this works: Put the coat on a hanger and put it outside on a nice, sunny day. The sun will help. I had lost my leather jacket and when I got it back, it smelled awful. I did not want to dry clean it. I put it in the sun for a day or two and it was fine! Try it to see if this works. It can't hurt!

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June 8, 2012 Flag
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How do you get mothball odors out of your clothes?

By Christelle

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June 11, 20120 found this helpful

Usually just airing them for a few days will take care of the odor. I have heard that using a clothes dryer set to air fluff will speed the process. I usually put mine on hangers and hand them where the air will circulate around them. I suppose you use a fan to help.

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November 12, 2008 Flag
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I bought brand new Playtex bras second hand. The catch is I can't get rid of the mothball smell. I've tried vinegar and left it in water over night. Yet the smell is still there. Any answers?

Manon

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

Instructions Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need: Laundry Detergent, White Vinegar, Hangers, and biological odor remover

Step 1 Remove clothes from the closet and take them out of boxes, plastic bags or storage containers.

Step 2 Hang clothes outside on a nice day to let them air out.

Step 3 If clothes are washable, place 1 to 1 1/2 cup white vinegar in the load at the beginning of the wash cycle.

Step 4 Dry clothes outside, not in a clothes dryer.

Step 5 Use a biological odor-eliminating product. Follow instructions carefully.

Step 6 Be sure that all family members - especially grandma, who has used mothballs for a good portion of her life - understand the danger that mothballs pose.

http://www.ehow.com/how_155835_remove-mothball-odors.html

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

To clean the moth ball smell from scarves, I used Johnson's Bedtime Bath cleanser for babies. I put some in a sink full of water and soaked the items for about 30 minutes and then scrubbed and rinsed. They came out smelling pretty strong at first, but I let them air dry and after the second washing in the machine, smelled like everything else.

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March 6, 2011 Flag
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How do I get the mothball smell from my clothing? I've washed them 4 times.

By Donna from Athens, AL

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October 29, 2010 Flag
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I cannot get the smell of mothballs out of my clothing. I've washed them twice, hung them outside for 2 weeks, and just washed again with vinegar in the wash to no avail. Help!

By DorisB from Taylor, MI

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