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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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April 10, 20160 found this helpful

Try putting alot of cedar balls everywhere and get the Real cedar that smells the loudest

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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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November 5, 20140 found this helpful

Spray with vinegar & water, 50/50 mixture until it's well wet. Then, leave it out in the fresh air to dry. Repeat the process until the odor is gone. However, if this doesn't eliminate the smell after a couple of tries you could also try using baking soda water, again, a 50/50 solution and let it air dry as well. Leave it out in the air for several days, as fresh air helps more than anything else. The combination of both treatments should work, but then dry cleaning would be an easier remedy - just a lot more costly.

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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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July 20, 20140 found this helpful

The best solution is to use vinegar.

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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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July 31, 20050 found this helpful

How do you remove Mothball smell from woolen sweaters?

Harriet

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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?

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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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