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how to remove 'fragrance' from dry clean only fabric???

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newtlover Thu 07-Jun-18 19:41:28

was feeling very pleased with myself- I bought (in a charity shop) a Liberty silk scarf to tie around my (also from a charity shop) straw hat. Its label says silk, dry clean only- it's a very loose weave coarse silk if you can imagine that, a creamy colour with reddy browny floral design. It's actually nicer than it sounds!
Anyway I wore it on the hat for a few hours before tracing the source of the overpwering perfume that was following me round shock- the smell also transferred to the dress I was wearing. It's very strong and I guess is some kind of fabric conditioner.
I have hung it in the sunshine for 48 hrs, no improvement.
I'm reluctant to wash it as I have ruined a few dry clean only items that way.
Any ideas?

LoniceraJaponica Thu 07-Jun-18 19:43:16

As it was a charity shop buy I would have risked hand washing it. Could you not do this?

newtlover Thu 07-Jun-18 19:43:26

have to pop out now- look forward to your ems of wisdom later! TIA

newtlover Thu 07-Jun-18 19:43:44


MikeUniformMike Thu 07-Jun-18 19:50:56

It's a bugger to get out. My first thought was hanging it outside. I would try spraying it with white vinegar spray and hanging outside again.
I hate the smell and it seems to be on a lot of charity shop things.

newtlover Thu 07-Jun-18 20:56:50

normally I would risk washing it but it's exactly right for what I need- it's the loose weave that bothers me, when I've washed that sort of fabric before it has kind of shrunk
white vinegar spray sounds promising

MarsBarsAreShrinking Thu 07-Jun-18 22:13:05

Yes, white vinegar (I would go with a 50/50 mix with water). I scrubbed my dog's bed yesterday for the first time in too long and while it came up nice and clean it was still a bit doggy smelling. Gave it a good spray with the vinegar/water mix and put it outside in the sun for a few hours. It literally smells of nothing now. Hugely impressed!

newtlover Mon 11-Jun-18 23:02:17

well, I tried this.....many times....still smells sad
what shall I do wise ones?

dontticklethetoad Mon 11-Jun-18 23:04:39

Could you try steaming it? Or rubbing bicarb powder over it?

stormymcstormface Mon 11-Jun-18 23:08:42


MarsBarsAreShrinking Tue 12-Jun-18 08:24:29

Blimey. Must be some sort of super strength fabric conditioner!

As PP said, try bicarb... lie it flat in the bath or similar; sprinkle plenty on and leave it for a bit before gently rubbing it in. Got to be worth a try.

newtlover Wed 13-Jun-18 18:43:32

am currently soaking it in a roughly 1:4 vinegar/water solution
fingers crossed

MaybeDoctor Wed 13-Jun-18 18:45:28

If you are soaking it, just go the whole hog and wash it!

I machine-washed my wedding dress, you know...grin

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