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How to remove a fishy smell from clothing...

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nicolamumof3 Wed 28-Oct-09 06:43:29

I bought a second hand item of clothing which i washed and dried on the line, i went to iron it and it had a really strong fishy smell, I therefore r-washed it but it is still there just the same.

It is worse when it is being ironed but i am not happy to use the item until i can eradicate this smell!! any tips? i've heard baking soda may work but not always successfully.

Thanks smile

somewhathorrified Wed 28-Oct-09 11:14:05

vinegar in the washing machine instead of washing powder?

CybilAviationAuthority Wed 28-Oct-09 11:18:02

leave it soaking in fabric conditioner?

sounds yucky.

Did it belong to a fishmonger?

Alishanty Wed 28-Oct-09 15:47:53

Maybe soak in a strong vinegar solution overnight then wash as normal with bio powder and rinse again? I do this with the nappy wraps otherwise they smell of wee. Seems to work for this.

nicolamumof3 Wed 28-Oct-09 16:02:02

ok complete novice here, how much vinegar to water? and wouldn't it then smell of vinegar? but i suppose thats better than how it smells now. its a real shame as its a lovely item goodness knows how it got to smell like that!! Thanks ladies for your tips.

somewhathorrified Wed 28-Oct-09 17:26:20

I don't know about ratio if you soak, but for in the washing machine it's about a mug of vinegar, no powder. The smell of vinegar evaporates so it won't smell by the time it's dried.

LilRedWG Wed 28-Oct-09 17:27:30

White vinegar, not malt vinegar or you will end up smelling like a chip shop.

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