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How to Remove Odors on a Prom Dress

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This is a page about removing odors on a prom dress. Generally prom dresses cannot be washed in the washing machine, which means the standard cleaners aren't an option. Here are some tips to try if you have a prom dress with hard to remove odors.


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August 31, 2005

My daughter stored her prom dresses in my basement for several years. It's picked up an odor akin to cigarette smoke. She took it to a professional dry cleaners. They said nothing could be done. She now has them hanging in her garage.

Jerry Sweeney


By Anna from Maine (Guest Post)
September 1, 20050 found this helpful
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I have removed terrible musty and mildew odors from clothing by putting a paper envelope with fresh coffee grounds (right from the can) in a plastic bag with the garments. I folded the garments and put the envelope with coffee in the middle. It may take a week or more but leave it until it is odor free.

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By suzi homemaker (Guest Post)
September 30, 20050 found this helpful
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I put a bag of charcoal and the fresh coffee grounds into my huge plastic city issued trash can and closed the lid and two days later the horrific odor was gone. Try it with the dresses in a plastic bin or large trash bags. Good luck!

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March 15, 2018

Prom and dancing can lead to sweating and, unfortunately, prom dresses are often difficult to clean. This is a page about how to remove underarm odors on a prom dress.

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