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How do I get rid of a musty smell from old/vintage clothes?
Dry cleaning won't necessarily work either. I had a similar problem with a coat a few years ago which had been stored in a very cold wardrobe. Dry cleaning didn't get rid of the smell, I left it to air for a very long time and eventually it went. I'd probably wash as much as possible, but old wool may not take well to a washing machine.
I had a few things that were really musty, I soaked them in the bath overnight with a generous glug of dettol and then machine washed them with my normal detergent and the smell went. Not sure if dettol is safe on wool though, maybe try it on something you're not too attached to?
If you want your vintage clothes care advice leavened with murder and a Gothic plot (let's face it, housekeeping tips can be a bit dull! ), I can recommend Barbara Michaels's Shattered Silk. The msin characters open a vintage clothes shop, and have to deal with some very filthy old clothes, plus the dirtiest laundry of all (murder, of course) books.google.co.uk/books/about/Shattered_Silk.html?id=3wJKNRlaeD0C&redir_esc=y