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My mum has just passed onto me a bargain of the century that she got a few months ago from a charity shop and decided it's too trendy for her.
It's a designer wool poncho its brand new with tags and a branded suit bag it came in.
The problem is it absolutely stinks the garment and the bag.
Everything that comes out of my mums house smells damp as they have a huge damp issue but this item smells worse than anything that has come out of her house and it's made my own clothes smell that have come in contact with it.
Any idea how to make it smell nice without washing it?
Spray it with diluted zoflora. I do this sometimes when DH has t aired clothes properly and there isn't time to rewash/dry them. The perfume smell covers the odour and the anti bac kills the germs causing it. I'd try it on a little part first to test it but I've never had a problem with staining etc
If we were in Spring or Summer, then laying it outside in the sunshine would do the trick.
However as it is currently snowing outside, that's not an option
My parents also have a very damp house. I have found that the only way to get the smell out of clothes is to wash them, as even if you air it inside and spray with Febreeze (or similar), the moment the garment gets damp again it will smell.
Buy some Lux or Woolite. Follow the directions and handwash it carefully, then reshape it and lay it flat where the air can circulate round it somewhere warm where it can dry. Don't hang it up as this will stretch the fibres.
Do you have a small closet or a shower cubicle ? What I would do is hang it up on a hanger and then bring a pan of half water half white vinegar with a few drops of essential oil to a rolling boil in a pan and that place the pan under the poncho, to sort of "steam it".Repeat as many times as you can be arsed.
It should deal with the worst of the smell and then once there is a blue sky day, hand it outside to air.
If not you can very carefully handwash it with Lux or Woolite or (even baby shampoo) like MrDacre suggests.
What I do with my wools and cachemires is reshape and lay flat on a towel roll the towel up like a sausage and press to get rid of excess moisture, you may need to do this a few times with a fresh towel each time.
I then place the jumper between to more dry towels and iron on the lowest heat to "set the shape". and then I leave them to dry flat on yet another dry towel!
Put the cape in a bin bag, sprinkle a bunch of baking soda on top. Close the bag and shake it up. Then put a bunch of crinkled up newspaper in with it. Seal the bag and let it sit for a couple of days, then shake the baking soda off outside.